How to maximize performance on test day?

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How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby minnbills » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:14 pm

For those of you were scored close to your PT average, or above, how did you approach the last few weeks of prep? Were you able to get enough sleep the night before? Test day nerves?

For those who scored below, what do you attribute that to?

Any thoughts/musings would be much appreciated.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby The Gentleman » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:26 pm

minnbills wrote:For those of you were scored close to your PT average, or above, how did you approach the last few weeks of prep? Were you able to get enough sleep the night before? Test day nerves?


If you're the type of person that gets nervous before big exams, (and who wouldn't be nervous before a test like the LSAT?) then consider reducing your intake of caffeine on test day. Caffeine + nervousness = crackhead taking the LSAT. You will underline EVERYTHING!!!!

And this thread has a wealth of knowledge.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby Ghost » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:36 pm

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby Shooter » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:46 pm

Don't do any intensive studying on the days leading up to the test, otherwise you'll wear yourself out. Just trust that you have the ability to perform at your PT average and show up and give it hell.

No caffeine was a good idea. The test itself jazzed me up, so I didn't need any stimulants.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby doing_it_in_a_car » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:05 pm

There's a ton of great advice here - if you're patient enough to read through it all.

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:33 pm

Thursday night, I went to a concert with a friend (didn't drink or stay out really late, but got to kick back and let my brain totally reboot). Friday, I took the day off work (I work full-time), slept late, watched TV, ate comfort food, and did a PT in the afternoon. I went to bed early, but had a bitch of a time sleeping (really unusual for me). I got probably 4-5 restless hours of sleep, which sucked, but since I was well-rested the day before, I was fine. I got my usual morning Starbucks and something with protein for breakfast (not just carbs like doughnuts or whatever), and ate it in the car during the hour-long drive to my test site.

Basically, do what you can to chill the day before.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby catsparka » Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:58 pm

During the week leading up to the test, I was such a nervous wreck that I didn't get a single night of good sleep. The night before the test, I slept maybe two hours.

On the morning of, I had 1/2 of a 5-hour energy, which I think really helped me concentrate/stay awake but also made me pretty nervous and jittery. Thankfully, the positive boost I got from this outweighed the negative stuff, and I was able to perform pretty well.

Not sure if this works for everyone though. I normally don't get that much sleep each night, so I guess my body is kind of used to it and sleep deprivation doesn't affect me as much (not sure if this is, like, backed by medicine and science). I also respond really well to caffeine, which could have been another factor.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby 4for44 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:31 pm

no testing or classes (skip em) the day before.
Get on right sleep schedule (at least) 2 weeks before.
No caffeine (PT without it)
make sure you are exhausted before bed the night before (see: go on run that day, play racquetball, have lots of sex)
Dont do day of prep (you will only freak yourself out).
Do small things to make yourself more confident (I bought a red pencil sharpener to help me get into Harvard, and most expensive bottle of water... fiji... telling myself after this test I'll only be having the best!)

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby NYC_7911 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:36 pm

I agree on no caffeine. I normally have a cup of coffee in the morning, but I didn't have time the morning of the LSAT, and I felt like I was "up" enough without it...I imagine that caffeine would have made me more nervous. Even early in the morning, I doubt you'll feel tired. Also, really plan out the details. I was stressed out at first because I had forgotten a watch, and I had to convince myself to forget about it--something stupid like that can really throw you off.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby 2011Law » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:53 pm

4for44 wrote:no testing or classes (skip em) the day before.

Dont do day of prep (you will only freak yourself out).


lol, my two hardest finals (and the ones I need the best grades on) are on the two days leading up to the exam (and my graduation ceremony is DURING my test). I'm guessing most people will think this is a bad idea, though I'm pretty set on it; I'm going to do 3 sections of PT61 (one of each type) the night before the test. My final that day ends at 5, then I plan to nap for 2 hrs. Then do those sections + review. Then have a beer and watch some tv and then sleep for about 7 hrs.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby mtrl » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:07 pm

My best advice is to get in the zone.

It's hard to say what that means, but I'll try. I found that I would sort of slack off (slightly) during practice tests. It helped to periodically focus my mind like the PT really counted and devote 100% of my attention to the test. At first, try it for maybe 1 section during a PT instead of the whole test. On test day, however, try to carry this continued attention the whole way through. Channel the level of focus you've attained on your most successful exams. If you've prepared, all you have to do is focus your attention like a laser, and you'll be fine. It's alright to be nervous but don't let your nerves distract you. I brought this approach to my exam and scored above my PT average.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby yzero1 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:17 am

I was able to score above my PT average on the real thing. I slept pretty well the week of the exam, but had a bit of trouble sleeping the night before (stayed at a hotel and the guests were loud). I approached the last few weeks of PT prep just like I approached the rest of my prep. I did not change my schedule to increase the frequency of my PTs, nor did I try to cram anything last minute. I stopped doing LSAT questions 2 days before the test.

Some personal tips for test day:
- Start waking up early (6:30-7:00am) at least 2 weeks before the test. I did this a month in advance for October.
- Take a 5-hour energy right before you enter the test room. This kept me focused during the whole exam. Also, the liquid content of 5-hour energy bottle is quite small, so it's less likely that you'll have to pee in the middle of the test than if you were to drink a cup of coffee.
- Do some easy warm-up questions before the exam (I did this in the hotel room 2 hours beforehand).
- Use the bathroom before entering the test room.
- Stretch during the break. Also, eat a granola bar or something to keep your stomach happy.

On test day, I was very nervous during breakfast (I had to throw out half of my bagel because my stomach couldn't take it). However, I managed to calm down a bit once I got into the testing room by regulating my breathing patterns. My suggestion is that if you find that your nerves are acting up, try breathing slowly and deeply for 20-30 seconds or so to slow your heart rate down.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby Hedwig » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:32 am

Fix your sleep schedule way before hand. Start a month ahead of time, and adjust to going to bed at say 10-11 pm. Then move that up to 10. Then move it to the point where you are regularly going to bed around 9 and getting awesome sleep and not being tired.

Then stop doign schoolwork for a week unless stuff is due/you have a test the week before the LSAT. Drink loads of water that week. Eat yummy food and don't stress and read Harry Potter and just do general chill out things. Don't stress.

I went to bed at 9 pm the night before and while I woke up at midnight and tossed and turned for the rest of the night, I did get those 3 solid hours of sleep, it didn't take me long to fall asleep, and while I was in and out of sleep for the rest of the night, I didn't feel too tired in the morning and I think I ended up having enough sleep due to going to bed early.

Visit your test center, pack your ziplock ahead of time, be prepared in general.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby Grizz » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:51 am

Fap in the morning before you leave.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby AshtonB » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:38 am

rad law wrote:Fap in the morning before you leave.


But won't some of the information you've retained just shoot right out?

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby MrAdams » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:07 pm

rad law wrote:Fap in the morning before you leave.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby James Bond » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:12 pm

Viagra. Maximizes performance.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby northwood » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:46 pm

keep to your typical routine. stay healthy, and relax as much as possible. dont go on this site, or look at schools until after the test ( and if you made up your mind to cancel or keep the score).

I work 9-6.monday thru saturday. I worked a full day on friday, and did some test prep. The day of the test, i did some warm up in the car ( the same amount- 1 game, 1 rc section and 10 lr questions that i do before every prep test). made sure that I went pee before going to the center, and right before i went into the classroom. ( still had my normal cup of coffee in the am)

As for my sleep schedule, I made sure to create and follow through on one 2 weeks prior to the test. Also, 2 weeks out, i did a full lenght prep test 3 hours after I woke up ( the test didnt start until 915 am- even though you have to be in the room by 830).

end result- scored at the higher end of my prep. Just stick to what is working for you, and what you are used to, and you will be fine.

also, it helps knowing that you can always re take the test if you dont perform as well as you did on game day.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby nStiver » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:07 am

As someone who did NOT reach their PT average, I know EXACTLY why I failed to achieve my coveted dream of 170: I did not sleep. I give an extended account of my ordeal and the importance of covering all of your fundamental bases, (first and foremost sleep), on test day in the "how to get a 160+" sticky at the top of the forum.

If you don't sleep, you wont perform like you should. To ensure that nerves don't keep you up, you need to start getting up obscenely early and going to bed very early also at LEAST two weeks before test day. Don't be one of the 1000s of test takers who blow it because of sleep issues.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby AshtonB » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:29 am

nStiver wrote:As someone who did NOT reach their PT average, I know EXACTLY why I failed to achieve my coveted dream of 170: I did not sleep. I give an extended account of my ordeal and the importance of covering all of your fundamental bases, (first and foremost sleep), on test day in the "how to get a 160+" sticky at the top of the forum.

If you don't sleep, you wont perform like you should. To ensure that nerves don't keep you up, you need to start getting up obscenely early and going to bed very early also at LEAST two weeks before test day. Don't be one of the 1000s of test takers who blow it because of sleep issues.


Just to delve even deeper, did you practice-test shortly after waking up, around the time that the exam was actually going to be held? I've never done this before, but now I'm convinced that it can help.

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Re: How to maximize performance on test day?

Postby 4102011 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:40 am

eit wrote:Fix your sleep schedule way before hand. Start a month ahead of time, and adjust to going to bed at say 10-11 pm. Then move that up to 10. Then move it to the point where you are regularly going to bed around 9 and getting awesome sleep and not being tired.

Then stop doign schoolwork for a week unless stuff is due/you have a test the week before the LSAT. Drink loads of water that week. Eat yummy food and don't stress and read Harry Potter and just do general chill out things. Don't stress.

I went to bed at 9 pm the night before and while I woke up at midnight and tossed and turned for the rest of the night, I did get those 3 solid hours of sleep, it didn't take me long to fall asleep, and while I was in and out of sleep for the rest of the night, I didn't feel too tired in the morning and I think I ended up having enough sleep due to going to bed early.

Visit your test center, pack your ziplock ahead of time, be prepared in general.


TITCR :)

Seriously, practice waking up early. It'll suck, but you don't want the first time you wake up at 6-7AM to be the day of the LSAT, it'll mess you up.




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