When should I start studying/how long?

Xixak
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When should I start studying/how long?

Postby Xixak » Fri May 31, 2013 11:02 am

I'm going into my junior year next year, and plan to take my LSAT in June or Oct 2014. When should I begin studying?

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Re: When should I start studying/how long?

Postby SteelPenguin » Fri May 31, 2013 11:13 am

Xixak wrote:I'm going into my junior year next year, and plan to take my LSAT in June or Oct 2014. When should I begin studying?


It will ultimately depend on what your diagnostic score ends up being and how quickly you can progress, but I think most people need at least 3-4 months. If you have the time though, or if you have other time consuming commitments (like school), 5 or 6 months could be ideal. Personally, I think more than 6 months for a first test can be overkill.

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Re: When should I start studying/how long?

Postby mx23250 » Fri May 31, 2013 11:14 am

This heavily depends on how much time you're able to devote to LSAT studying. If you're able to devote 15-20 hours per week to studying, I would plan on at least 4 months. For me, I'm taking the LSAT this October and I started studying in February (totaling ~8 months of studying) since I've been in grad school for my PhD and MBA, and also working ~60 hours per week. So I'm averaging 15 hours per week for 8 months, although I plan on increasing this from August to October. My first PT gave me a 152 and after the first 3.5 months I'm now at a 168, but I figured I would need another 4 months to get to the score I want (173+). I'd recommend at least 6 months if you're really serious about doing well, but if your workload is high I'd recommend starting even sooner.

I would also recommend you taking a LSAT practice test without any studying to see where you are and that might indicate how much studying you need to do to get where you want to be.

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Re: When should I start studying/how long?

Postby bp shinners » Fri May 31, 2013 12:11 pm

SteelPenguin wrote:
Xixak wrote:I'm going into my junior year next year, and plan to take my LSAT in June or Oct 2014. When should I begin studying?


It will ultimately depend on what your diagnostic score ends up being and how quickly you can progress, but I think most people need at least 3-4 months. If you have the time though, or if you have other time consuming commitments (like school), 5 or 6 months could be ideal. Personally, I think more than 6 months for a first test can be overkill.


If you prep correctly for 6 months, you're at or near your limit. Not saying you can't improve more, but at that point, you're going to see severely diminishing returns on the time spent. So I think Penguin is spot on.

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Re: When should I start studying/how long?

Postby Xixak » Fri May 31, 2013 12:52 pm

When you say diagnostic, you mean the free test that LSAC gives out right?

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Re: When should I start studying/how long?

Postby SteelPenguin » Fri May 31, 2013 1:13 pm

Xixak wrote:When you say diagnostic, you mean the free test that LSAC gives out right?


Any prep test will do, but that one is free, so many people start with it. I took a Power score course that used a different test.




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