LSAT test day comes with a wide range of emotions, nerves, excitement, and once it’s finally over, relief. Here are 7 tips to help you feel prepared and less nervous on the day you write the LSAT.
1. Be confident
While very few people feel 100% confident going into the LSAT, create a positive mindset and remind yourself that you’re well-prepared. You’ve put in the time studying and you’ve done the practice tests so be confident in yourself. To put yourself in the right mindset, it can help to visualize yourself being successful on the LSAT – envision yourself flying through the LSAT knowing all of the correct answers. Being confident is an important part of easing test-day nerves.
2. Stick to your normal routine
Try to make the day you write the LSAT feel as normal as possible. If you regularly eat breakfast, don’t skip it. Doing things out of the ordinary or making a drastic change to your everyday routine isn’t going to help. While LSAT test day is a big day, treating it like any other day can help you trick your mind into thinking it’s not such a big deal and allow you to relax.
3. Don’t study
Although studying has likely become part of your daily routine, don’t squeeze in a last-minute study session or practice test on the day of your LSAT. Some people find it helpful to do a couple of questions to get warmed up but that should be the extent of any studying. If you’re wondering whether you should do a few warm up questions, ask yourself if it would stress you out or cause you to worry if you got a wrong answer. If the answer is yes, don’t do any questions! Save the brain power for the real thing.
4. Do a practice commute to your LSAT test centre
This tip is for the week before your LSAT but it’s very important if you’ve never been to your testing location before. Do a practice drive, walk, bike, bus ride, train ride, etc. to your test centre so that you know exactly where you’re going and how long it should take to get there. The last thing anyone needs on their LSAT test day is to get lost or show up late.
5. Know what you can and can’t bring with you
There are strict rules around what you can and can’t bring with you to the LSAT. Read our blog post for a list of required, recommended and prohibited items for the LSAT. Knowing the rules and getting organized the day before will help you feel prepared and avoid any last-minute scrambling on your LSAT test day.
6. Leave early
You never know if you’re going to run into unexpected construction, an accident, road closures or experience car troubles. Give yourself extra time to get to your test location so that you don’t feel rushed or worry about being late.
7. Don’t listen to the chatter
When I wrote my LSAT, I didn’t know anyone else who was writing it. When I showed up, I was surprised to see groups of friends sitting together, all waiting to write the LSAT. I could overhear conversations and people comparing practice test scores. If you’re writing at a large testing centre, you may find the same thing. Try to tune out the conversations around you and most importantly, don’t let discussions about LSAT scores make you feel nervous. This day is all about you, so don’t compare yourself to others!
Good luck and be confident!