This is part two of a two part series that will help hopeful law school attendees study for their entrance exam.
People who say that standardized tests are not learnable have no idea what there’re talking about. The SAT, the LSAT, and GMAT, are game-able to some extent. In order to succeed you must obliterate the notion that standardized tests are a fixed measurement of intelligence. In reality, they are just extremely difficult tests that are almost impossible to answer entirely correct. Thus, it functions sort of like a race, except it’s based on a bell curve that clumps a majority of test takers into the center. If you can separate yourself from the pack, then Law School Admission will be easy, and you can expect scholarship money.
As I mentioned, the LSAT is scored on a bell curve. 68 percent of test takers will score between 140-160, the equivalent of 800-1200 on the SATS. A score in this bracket may get you into school, but you will pay immense debt and be forced to slug it out with scholarship students who scored above 160 and will most likely outperform you. But as soon as you score above 160, everything looks much brighter. You can expect access into most regional schools, with the possibility of scholarship money. If you can break out into the 170 range, the 97th percentile than you can expect access to schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia, and full rides to other reputable universities.
In order to prepare, many people consult test taking companies. These companies are a good resource, but they are expensive and usually only geared toward bringing students into the fat part of the bell curve. Becoming an outlier requires natural talent or hard work. The LSAT has released over 70 previous tests. These are the best resource for increasing your score.