Weekly Column: The LSAT

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“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”-Abraham Maslow

It’s been awhile since I wrote a “weekly column” and what better topic than my impending date with the Law School Admissions Test? And while I don’t have a hammer, I have a bunch of Ticonderoga #2 HB pencils. I wanted to bring a laddie pencil, but I ultimately decided that they are too big and would be hard to sharpen.

There are many schools of thought on how to prepare for the LSAT. My friend Tom holed himself up after work and studied like woah, taking nearly every available test from some date int he 1970’s to present. He did exceedingly well.

When my Dad took the test around 1977, apparently he didn’t study that much, or at least that’s what he tells me. He went to a good law school, and is a lawyer, so that method worked for him.

I’m taking a middle route, three consecutive days of non-stop studying. Of course, I’ll build in a little free time to ensure I don’t go insane, but not too much. We all know how addictive video games or golf can be — and I just purchased HALO 3 ODST, because I am a huge nerd like that. Though, that game will be locked up until Saturday night, when it’s all over.

Here’s what the LSAT is, according to Wika-Wakka.

  • Logical reasoning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Unscored section
  • Writing sample

Essentially, I’m pretty good at reading comprehension, decent at analytical reasoning, and mediocre at logic games. Those are a trip. I’m spending some time to ensure I do well in that section, but truth be told, it’s only one segment of the test. Though, they’re all important.

I went to CostCo last night and bought a case of Red Bull and canned chicken. I can be holed up for 36 consecutive hours, if I want to.

Oh, I forgot to mention the hilarious instructions the LSAC sent me last week. Enjoy these, it’s like the LSAT is a freaking flight to Philly.

You are allowed to bring into the test center only a clear plastic zip lock bag (maximum size one gallon/3.79 liter) containing ONLY the following items: LSAT Admission Ticket stub, valid ID, wallet, keys, hygiene/medical products, #2 or HB pencils, (NO mechanical pencils), erasers, pencil sharpener, highlighter, tissues, beverage in a plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml. maximum size), and a snack (for break only).

Yeah, that’s great. I bought a box of mechanical pencils last month for explicit use on this test. I figured I wouldn’t have to sharpen them. I’m glad people can bring tissues to cry in, because I expect that will probably occur. I’ll update you on the test here some time on Sunday.

I had a google chat conversation with my friend Chris about what can/cannot be brought in to the test, and I must admit that I do like his suggestion.

me: I have a ton of red bull
Chris: you should pound them during the test
your written portion will all be scribbly
me: hahaha
we can only bring in one 20 oz drink
Chris: weak
bring potato chips
or other crunchy items
rice cakes
crunchcrunchcrunch
“lawyers have to handle stress and if you can’t handle me eating potato chips then gtfo”

Thanks to all of my friends who donated books and materials in my quest. I’ll let you know how it went, and we’ll have a party at my place on Saturday night.

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