It’s Friday morning, and that means that more than 25,000 of you will be taking the LSAT tomorrow morning.
In that final 24 hours, the temptation can be strong to make a last minute push. Some students like to take a full-length test on Friday. Others want to squeeze in a long day of practice on weaknesses. Some try to review all of the methods, strategies and question types the way you would if you were preparing for a final exam.
Don’t do that.
As I’ve said before, you can’t cram for the LSAT.
By today, you’ve learned the tools and strategies you’ll employ in the testing room. The chances that you’re going to make significant improvements in the next 24 hours are slim, and they may well come at the expense of something more important.
At this stage of the game, the single most important thing you can do to optimize your LSAT performance is to show up in that testing room tomorrow relaxed, well-rested and clear-headed.
You may want to take an hour or two on Friday to practice a small batch of Logical Reasoning questions, a Logic Game or two and a Reading Comp passage or two, just to make sure your skills are freshly oiled for the big event. You may want to take a few minutes to review a strategy that’s been improving but you haven’t quite perfected.
But, don’t give it more than a couple of hours–and get it over with before dinner time.
Here’s what you should really be doing on Friday:
- Eat well
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Put together the plastic bag of items you’ll take into the testing room
- Get some moderate exercise, but don’t overtax yourself. For example:
- Go for a run (if you’re a runner)
- Play a round of golf
- Go bowling
- Go to a (level appropriate) yoga class
- Hit the gym (but don’t overdo it)
- Take a long walk
- Minimize caffeine and avoid alcohol
- Set your alarm a little earlier than is necessary–you don’t want to be rushed in the morning.
Unlike a history exam, there’s very little that you can learn at the last minute that will significantly improve your LSAT score. But, being fresh, confident and unrushed will make a difference. The best thing you can do for your score today is to take the pressure off, get a little physical and get a good night’s rest.
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