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LSAT Timing Tips: How to Pass with a Score of 170 or Better

Updated on March 23, 2015

Don't Let LSAT Scare You

The LSAT can be less intimidating if you know how to prepare for it beforehand. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is the standardized exam which is offered four times each year in February, June, October, and December. All prospective law students must pass the LSAT before they can be admitted to an American Bar Association approved law school.


How to Score a 170 or Better!


The LSAT is made up of six sections, four of these sections are used to determine the overall score. Students are allowed up to 35 minutes for each of the six sections. The "variable" section of the test is used to try out new questions and is not scored. The writing sample is not scored either but is sent to all law schools where a student has applied for admission.

Nerves of Steel Required

Look, LSAT testing is a big deal and how well you score is going to determine where you go to law school and who's likely to hire you after that. Taking the LSAT is likely to cause immense anxiety so just embrace that fact and start learning to deal with it now. Don't wait until the last minute to begin dealing with this. Your attitude, confidence level, stamina, and ability to think positively during testing are going to play a huge role in passing the LSAT with a score of 170 or better. A large number of students who did well in practice tests did not do as well when taking the actual exam. That means that students are nervous and not in control of their LSAT test anxiety.

Tis and Strategies for Taking the LSAT

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Best Ways to Study for the LSAT

The first way to prepare for the LSAT is also the most economical way. Self-study only requires time, effort, and a little help form some study books. These are readily available at your local or campus library but availability nay be limited before test time. Another good source is your local bookstore or online bookstore like Most of these books will include all the information you need to pass the LSAT with a good score. Some even include CD's with sample tests and tips to help you properly prepare for the LSAT.

The other way to study is faster and may be rather pricey. Kaplan ( and Princeton Review ( are the most used and trusted LSAT test-prep organizations. There are a large number of LSAT test-prep courses out there so be sure and do your research and look at a lot of customer testimonials. It wouldn't hurt to find some other students who scored 170 or above on the LSAT, and ask them how they prepared.

Take the LSAT Sooner, not Later

Like most things, the LSAT can be improved upon with practice. If it's at all possible, try to take the LSAT in your junior year, in October or February. Study for the test in the summer and take it in October, or study over the Christmas break and take it in February. This way, you won't have to take any time away from your regular semester studies while studying for the LSAT.

Don't wait until October or December of your senior year to take the LSAT. Law school applications are submitted and reviewed very quickly after the test is taken and a decision is made soon thereafter. If you wait until the last minute, you may face a stricter review process and your test scrutinized more carefully. Take the LSAT earlier and get out of some of the pressure of an 11th hour test submission.

The LSAT is not an easy test. It's going to require that you be in peak form, spend adequate time in preparation, take some practice tests, and familiarize yourself with the test format. Do these things and your LSAT anxiety level will go down considerably. Good luck!

The LSAT is tough - tell me about your experiences here with taking the exam. Your comments could help or encourage others who are discouraged.

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for your comments - good luck!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Excellent tips. I'm enrolled in Kaplan at this time. Test anxiety is something that I'm working on.