Beginner’s Guide Part I: TLDR

Note: LG will be replaced by another section of LR starting in August 2024. So if you are planning to take the LSAT in Aug 24 or later, you may safely disregard the information on the Logic Games in this guide. 

So you are ready to embark on your LSAT journey.

Right now, you are probably feeling overwhelmed by the daunting amount of information available out there. Dozens of books, hundreds of sites, and thousands of online posts all purporting to show you the way.

Now most of these actually give good advice, some better than others. But the problem for someone just starting out is that we have no way of knowing what piece of advice is relevant to us or not. To be able to sift through all this information to find actionable advice can be difficult. So here, I’ll try my best to share my thoughts on the subject, and attempt to provide a basic but comprehensive overview on how to approach the LSAT as a complete beginner.

Of course, all the information below is entirely my personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. Some of them are based on my experiences working as an LSAT instructor in the past few years, and some of them are gathered from student feedback. Some things will work for some people some of the time, so ultimately, only you can decide what works best for you.

TLDR Version:

Sign up for Lawhub LSAT Prep Plus, link it with a platform like AdeptLR/LSATLab/7Sage/LSATDemon for drilling, and pay special attention to your accuracy rate and speed for all question types. 

Read the LSAT Trainer for a general overview of the LSAT, or if you only have a limited amount of time to prepare for the LSAT. 

Use the free explanations from the Powerscore/Manhattan forums or LSATHacks when reviewing mistakes. 

The Powerscore Logic Games Bible is the best resource for LG, but if you prefer a more interactive approach, try 7Sage. 

Use the Powerscore LR Bible/Manhattan LR (very similar books) or the Loophole if you are just starting out with LR or even at an intermediate level. Powerscore/Manhattan is good for people who like a step-by-step method to different question types, and the Loophole is amazing for students who prefer a more intuitive approach. 

Take a look at my book, LR Perfection, when you have finished these books and want to challenge yourself with the hardest questions. 

RC Hero is a good starting point for RC if you enjoy video lessons. If you don’t mind lots of reading and hard passages, check out my book RC Perfection. Reading difficult books or papers can help improve your reading ability in a limited amount of time. 

Drill LG and RC by section after you have read the books, don’t be afraid to return to the books to fill in the gaps in your knowledge exposed by drilling. 

Drill LR questions by type, accuracy, and speed. Once you are satisfied with your performance, move to section practice. 

Make sure you are learning from your mistakes. The most important question to ask yourself when reviewing is “What can I do now to make sure that I don’t make the same mistake again on a different question?” 

For most students, start with LG, then LR, and finally RC. Focus on accuracy before speed. Once you have attained the desired level of accuracy, speed up in increments. 

Save 20-30 PTs for mock exams, don’t look at the questions until you are ready for full PTs. Maybe save another 5-10 in case you need to retake. I would save everything from PT 70 onwards for full practice. 

Questions get a little harder in the 70s/80s range, so your accuracy rate might drop a little before picking up again. Don’t get discouraged: just keep on doing what you were doing and make a note of the newer variations in the test. (Check out the appendices in LR Perfection for more recent variations in LR.)

No need to PT every day. Do 2-3 per week, and spend the rest of the time discovering your weaknesses and finding ways to overcome them. 

Finally, if you choose to hire the services of a tutor, make sure they are someone that’s helping you foster your independent problem-solving skills, rather than just telling you what to do. Don’t become overly reliant on your tutor, they won’t be there come test day. 

Ask questions on Reddit or in my Discord Group, the more specific the better. There are a lot of warm-hearted fellow students and tutors out there, they are your greatest allies. 

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