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2 Week (16 Day) LSAT Crash Course

Hey, Clemmonsdogparkers! Here’s a two-week LSAT study plan. But before we begin, here is a major disclaimer:

Unless you are a supergenius, it’s no easy task to prepare for the challenge of an LSAT in a mere two weeks. If it is at all possible to postpone your LSAT and buy yourself more time, that would be ideal. If not, understand this is going to be a two-week intellectual steeplechase. If you’re up for the challenge, we can help you!  

Use this study plan if you have a little more than two weeks to prepare for the LSAT. The plan assumes you’ll have approximately eight hours per day to study, and it does not provide for days off, although there are a couple days for which the workload is more like four hours instead of eight. Understand that it’s not just a matter of having all the material pass in front of your eyes; you also need the stamina to maintain a high level of focus so you can retain the knowledge and apply it on test day.

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  • Clemmonsdogpark LSAT Blog
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Two Week LSAT Study Schedule

This study schedule is broken down by day and covers 16 days of prep:

  • Day 1: Diagnostic Test and Review
  • Day 2: Intro to Logic Games and Logical Reasoning
  • Day 3: Intro to Reading Comprehension and more Logical Reasoning
  • Day 4: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning
  • Day 5: Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning
  • Day 6: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning
  • Day 7: The Writing Sample, Review, and Timed Practice
  • Day 8: Practice Test #2
  • Day 9: Review
  • Day 10: Review
  • Day 11: Review
  • Day 12: Practice Test #3
  • Day 13: Review
  • Day 14: Review
  • Day 15: Practice Test #4
  • Day 16: The Day Before the Test
  • Plan of attack for Week 1

    Your first week of LSAT prep will focus on learning the strategies for each section of the test and untimed practice. Each day except for Day 1, you will start out by watching lessons and reinforcing what you learn through practice problems.

     

    Day 1: Diagnostic Test and Review

    Take PrepTest 74 from 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI. Try to simulate an actual testing environment by taking the test at a library or campus study room. Time each section precisely, and complete all the sections (including the Writing Sample).

    Note: Your practice tests will be 35 minutes shorter than the real exam because they will not contain an Experimental section. If you prefer to mimic the actual test conditions precisely, use one section from PrepTest 72 during each practice test as an “Experimental” section.

    After the test, check your answers and calculate your score. If you added an Experimental section, don’t include that section in your score calculation. Also, don’t try to review your incorrect answers just yet.

     

    Day 2: Intro to Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

    Logic Games:
    On Day 2 of this LSAT Study Schedule, watch all lessons in the “Section Scoring, Pacing, and Structure” section of the Logic Games component of Clemmonsdogpark’s LSAT program. These include:

    Take a break before heading into the next task!

    Watch all of the “Formal Logic Basics” lessons and the first three lessons in the “Attacking the Games” section of the Logic Games component. These lessons are titled:

    *The last two lessons will involve solving your first Sequencing game. Make sure to take the time to work this game out thoroughly.

    Next, complete two or three sequencing games in the practice section of your online account. Score the games and look over any incorrect answers, then take a break before moving on to Logical Reasoning.

    Logical Reasoning:
    Watch all lessons in the “Section Pacing, Structure, and Strategy” section of the Logical Reasoning component of the Clemmonsdogpark program. These include:

    Be sure to take a break before watching the next lessons!

    Watch the following Logical Reasoning lessons:

    Each of these videos contains sample questions. Make sure to pause the videos and complete the questions thoroughly as the videos instruct.

    Using the online practice questions, complete a total of 30 assumption, strengthen, and weaken logical reasoning questions. Don’t time yourself at this point – just focus on your approach to the question. Score the questions, look over any incorrect answers, and set up your Logical Reasoning Error Log, where you’ll keep track of all the questions you answer incorrectly.

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    Day 3: Intro to Reading Comprehension and more Logical Reasoning

    Reading Comprehension:
    Watch the following videos from the Reading Comprehension component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Complete a few reading passages through your online account, practicing the strategies discussed in these lessons.

    Take a break before starting the next task.

    Logical Reasoning:
    Watch the following lessons from the Logical Reasoning component of Clemmonsdogpark’s LSAT program:

    Use your online account to complete 15 questions for each of the following question types: Flawed Argument, Inference, Principle, and Paradox. Do these untimed so you can focus on how your approach differs for each question type.

    Score the questions, look over any incorrect answers, and enter each of them into your Logical Reasoning Error Log. Then take a break before the final task for the day.

    Use the remainder of the day to review your diagnostic test from Day 1 and enter questions you missed from the Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning sections into your respective error logs.

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    Day 4: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

    Logic Games:
    On Day 4 of the LSAT study schedule, watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Complete around 10 Floating games through your online account. Score the games, look over any incorrect answers, and then take a break before watching the next set of lessons.

    Watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Complete a few Matching games from your online account. Score the games, look over any incorrect answers, and then move on to Logical Reasoning.

    Logical Reasoning:
    Watch the following videos from the Logical Reasoning component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Complete 5 practice questions through your online account for each of these question types. For each question:

    1. Identify the question type.
    2. Focus on applying a consistent approach rather than merely answering the question correctly.

    For the last assignment of the day, enter any incorrect answers into your Logical Reasoning error log.

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    Day 5: Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning

    Reading Comprehension:
    Watch the following videos from the Reading Comprehension component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Next, practice your approach to Reading Comprehension by completing a few passages through your online account. For each passage, annotate the transitional language and write down the author’s main idea and purpose before moving to the questions. For each Comparative Reading passage, make sure to note the common scope of the passages, and where the authors’ perspectives differ within that scope. For the questions, think about whether you’re being asked for detail, theme, or structure, and try to pick an answer choice that addresses the correct level of analysis. Use the process of elimination aggressively.

    Score the sections, enter incorrect answers into your Reading Comprehension error log, and then take a break!

    Logical Reasoning:
    Learn about conditional, causal, and quantitative logic by watching the following lessons:

    Complete 30 Logical Reasoning questions through your online account. For each question:

    1. Note the question type
    2. Apply a consistent approach by: reading the question first, then reading the argument, and paraphrasing an answer before reading the answer choices.

    Finally, end the day by entering incorrect answers from these sections into your Logical Reasoning error log.

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    Day 6: Logic Games and Logical Reasoning

    Logic Games:
    Watch the following videos from the Logic Games component of the Clemmonsdogpark LSAT program:

    Complete a few Hybrid and Sequencing games in your online account, untimed. Score and review any questions you answered incorrectly. For any game where you missed more than 2 questions, take a few minutes to try and redraw your diagrams and rules, making sure that you set the diagram up as simple and accurate, and that you didn’t miss an opportunity for Limited Options or to incorporate rules directly into your diagrams.

    Give your brain a break!

    Logical Reasoning:
    Now that you’ve watched all the LR question type lessons, it’s time to start drilling them. At first, this will go very slowly, which is why you should spend the rest of today doing untimed Logical Reasoning practice. You’ll also get the chance to learn more about conditional, causal, and quantitative logic. Tomorrow, you’ll start doing timed practice for all three exam sections.

    Watch the following lessons:

    Complete at least 30 Logical Reasoning questions of all question types. For each question:

    1. Label the question type.
    2. Follow the step by step approach for that question type as outlined in the applicable video lesson

    Finally, enter all incorrect answers into your LR error log. Soon, you’ll start to analyze your error log to determine where you need more practice.

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    Day 7: The Writing Sample, Review, and Timed Practice

    Tomorrow, you’ll take your second full-length practice test. Devote today to reviewing the concepts you’ve already learned, and attempting to tie it all together in some timed practice. You’ll be using PrepTest 81 from Volume VI so you can get familiar with how the LSAT will look on test day. All the work you do today should be timed.
     
    First, complete the Writing Sample from PrepTest 81 timed. You should spend the first five minutes of the section planning and outlining before you actually begin writing. When time is up, reread your response and underline precisely where you have addressed each of the criteria presented in the prompt.
     
    Complete the first Logical Reasoning section from PrepTest 81, focusing on skipping the most difficult questions in the section. After the section, score it and enter incorrect answers into your LR error log.
     
    Next, flip through the Logic Games you have completed thus far this week. Identify whether there is a game type that consistently gives you more trouble than the others. If so, use your online practice problems to focus on that game type. Then, complete the Logic Games section of PrepTest 81. Attempt the games in the order you feel most confident, leaving for last the game type that you struggle with most. This approach will help you get the most points possible! Do not score the section yet.
     
    Next, analyze your Reading Comprehension error log to determine whether there is a particular type of passage or type of question that most challenges you. If so, plan to leave that passage type for the end, or plan to guess on a couple questions of that type. Then, complete the Reading Comprehension section of PrepTest 81. Do not score the section yet.
     
    Now, analyze your Logical Reasoning error log to determine which questions you struggle with most. Be on the lookout for those questions as you complete the second Logical Reasoning section from PrepTest 81.
     
    Finally, score each section of PrepTest 81 that you haven’t scored yet. Enter incorrect answers into your error logs. Where did you make avoidable errors with content or pacing? Where did you discover content that was extremely difficult? Are you happy with the questions on which you guessed? Or would you change them given the chance?

    Now go relax for a while. It’s been a long week and you deserve an early day before your practice test tomorrow!

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    Day 8: Practice Test #2

    Under test-like conditions, take official PrepTest 75, timed .

    After the test, score it, review your incorrect answers, and enter them into your Reading Comp and Logical Reasoning error logs. You can also start building a Logic Games error log if you’d like. For a Logic Games error log, you should record:

    • Test number
    • Section number
    • Game number
    • Question number
    • Game type
    • Question type (global vs. local)

    A Logic Games error log will help you identify which game types you struggle with most and how effectively you are building and reusing your diagrams. Those who miss mostly global questions may not be drawing detailed enough master diagrams. On the other hand, those who miss mostly local questions may be inaccurately redrawing diagrams between questions, or applying local diagrams to other local questions where they are technically inapplicable.

    Plan of attack for Week 2

    Your second week of LSAT prep will balance timed and untimed practice. Each day, you will start out with some exercises to review and reinforce concepts you’ve already learned, and to target areas where you can still improve. You will then end each day with timed practice in all three sections of the exam.

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    Day 9: Review

    1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 3 Reading Comprehension passages through your online account. Be sure to work on reading the passages quickly.
    2. Master the “If/then Statements” deck of and complete 10 games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck.
    3. Analyze your Logical Reasoning error log and determine which sphere is your weakest. Then, using your online account, complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from within that sphere.
    4. Complete one of the Logical Reasoning sections, and the Logic Games and Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTest 80, answering every question.
    5. Review these three sections, identifying which question types are from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary, or use Clemmonsdogpark’s online LSAT practice to target a small handful of practice problems of those question types.
    6. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 79, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
    7. Score and review the section, entering questions into your error logs where applicable.
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    Day 10: Review

    1. Master the “Logical Opposites” deck of and complete 10 more games from your online account.
    2. Use the Clemmonsdogpark’s LSAT program to complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from your weakest question types.
    3. Complete one Logical Reasoning section, and the Logic Games section and Reading Comprehension section untimed from PrepTests 78, answering every question.
    4. Like you did yesterday, review these three sections and identify the question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch the lessons for those question types if necessary, or complete a handful of those question types from the Clemmonsdogpark online practice problems.
    5. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 78, timed. You do not need to do this all at once as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
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    Day 11: Review

    1. Map the transitional language, purpose, and main idea of at least 2 passages through your online account.
    2. Master the “Transitional Language” deck of and complete another 5 games from your online account.
    3. Complete 25 Logical Reasoning questions from among your strongest question types through your online Clemmonsdogpark account. This is to reinforce your strengths and make sure you don’t forget how to handle these question types while focusing on other content.
    4. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 73, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
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    Day 12: Practice Test #3

    1. Complete 20 games from the “Mini Logic Games” deck of .
    2. In Clemmonsdogpark’s online LSAT program, complete any remaining Logical Reasoning questions.
    3. Complete a Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension section untimed from those remaining from PrepTests 72 and 80. Be sure to answer every question.
    4. Review these three sections, identifying which question type from each section gave you the most difficulty. Rewatch any applicable lessons, and complete a handful of questions of those types from the Clemmonsdogpark online practice problems.
    5. Complete any remaining Logic Games from your online Clemmonsdogpark account. For any game types that are giving you trouble, rewatch the applicable lessons.
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    Day 13: Review

    1. Complete any remaining and review as necessary.
    2. Practice the Writing Sample from PrepTest 80. Remember to spend a full 5 minutes brainstorming and outlining your response before you begin writing it.
    3. Complete all of the remaining Reading Comprehension questions. Focus on your approach and identify which question types give you the most difficulty.
    4. Rewatch the applicable lesson for those question types if necessary.
    5. Complete all the sections of PrepTest 64, timed. You do not need to do this all at once, as this is not a full-length practice test. Break it up, take it slowly, and review each section thoroughly (entering incorrect answers into your error log) before beginning the next section.
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    Day 14: Review

    Today will be your last chance to really dive into test content. Tomorrow, you’ll take your final practice test and then you’ll spend the day before the real exam resting and reviewing strategy only.
     
    Start today off by diving into your error logs and your scores from this week’s timed sections. Identify 2 skills you would like to focus on from each section. These skills could be specific question types or they could be more general skills like pacing or identifying difficult problems.
     
    Rewatch the lessons that are most closely related to each of those skills. Then, write down a list of concrete ways to address each of those skills. If have problems with process of elimination, a solution might be to recite common trap answer choices in your head to help you spot one. If have problems with Assumption questions, you might want to ask yourself, “If this answer choice were false, would the conclusion still be true?” If so, that’s not the correct answer. Come up with at least one method of addressing each skill on your list.
     
    Next, go back to your error log and work through as many of the problems on it as possible. This is your chance to revisit questions with which you struggled previously, and to apply your new methods and habits to them. This may be a frustrating process because you will only be tackling the questions you have missed in the past. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, remember that every question you get right the second time around is one you are unlikely to miss the next time you see something similar to it.
     
    Finally, end the day with a few easy questions. Pick your strongest type of Logic Game, do a few Logical Reasoning questions from early in a section, and do one Reading Comprehension passage that you actually find interesting. End the day on a high note, and get a good night’s sleep before your final practice test tomorrow.

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    Day 15: Practice Test #4

    Find a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted and take official PrepTest 76, timed.

    After the test, score it, but don’t review every single question you answered incorrectly. At this point, you only have one day before the exam, and you want that day to be restful and confidence-building, not anxiety-inducing. Instead of looking at every error, look for patterns in your results where you missed a bunch of questions in a row or where you didn’t perform the way you expected. Examine those areas to determine whether the problem was the result of:

    • truly difficult content,
    • a lapse in focus,
    • poorly executed methods, or
    • lack of time.

    Practice tests are like dress rehearsals. You’re trying to make things go wrong so that you can fix them before the real performance. If you notice that you made preventable mistakes on this practice test (those caused by anything other than truly difficult content), write down those mistakes along with a plan to avoid them on the real test day.

    For example, if you know you lost focus halfway through a Logical Reasoning section, you can write down a solution like, “When I lose focus, I will put my pencil down, close my eyes, breath deeply three times, and then recite my goals and strategies for this test section. Then I can resume working on the next question using the appropriate step by step method.”

    If timing was your issue, you could address it with the following solution: “If I am falling behind my pace because I am stuck on a question, I will mark the question and skip it, increase my allowed number of guesses by 1, and then return to that question at the end only if time allows.”

    When you’re done analyzing your practice test results, go do something fun! It might be hard to resist studying more, but resist it. If you feel there’s no way you can meet your goal, then adjust your goal. You will perform better if you are confident about achieving a reasonable goal then if you are stressed about not achieving an unrealistic one. More importantly, nothing you can do in the next 24-48 hours will help you reach an unrealistic goal, so give yourself a break.

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    Day 16: The Day Before the Test

    You have one and only one LSAT assignment for today: review your methods, strategies, and test day procedures. Make sure you can easily remember each of the following:

    • Your overall score goal for the exam, and roughly how many questions you need to answer correctly to reach it,
    • How many questions you aim to answer correctly in each section,
    • How many questions you are allowed to guess on in each section,
    • What the different question, game, and passage types are for each section,
    • Which question, game, and passage types are your strengths and which are your weaknesses (to help you determine the order in which to tackle them, where applicable),
    • How long to spend brainstorming for the Writing Sample,
    • What to do if you panic or lose focus,
    • How to get to the test center,
    • to the test center.

    If you can easily recite the answers to all of these questions, you are prepared to do your best on this exam given your current mastery of the content. So, once you’ve got the above stuff memorized, go relax. You’ve earned it!

    2 Responses to 2 Week (16 Day) LSAT Crash Course

    1. Shruti August 2, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

      Hi!

      I am going to take my test in Sept. I hope I get a good score to get a college atleast. Else I will waste one year. Its my first attempt.

      Any suggestions? I have done online classes on Clemmonsdogpark, Will start prep tests too.

      Shruti

      • Travis Coleman
        Travis Coleman August 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

        Hi Shruti,
        I hope your prep is going well so far. Here are a couple suggestions I would make to you:
        1. If you’re planning on taking the September LSAT, make sure to set reasonable, achievable goals for that exam date and don’t try to outperform yourself. For example, if you’re scoring around 160 on your practice tests, don’t set 170 as your next goal. Instead, aim for 165 and pace yourself accordingly, so that you make the most of the questions within your range and you don’t waste lots of time on questions outside your range.
        2. Try not to think in terms of wasting one year. If September doesn’t go as well as you hope, you can take the exam in December and still make the deadlines for all law schools. Don’t worry too much about rolling admissions. You can always submit your application early and then send your scores later.
        3. The PrepTests are the single, best resource for LSAT practice, but it’s best to learn the basics first. I recommend watching all the Clemmonsdogpark videos early in your prep period. Then, once you’re familiar with the question types and the strategies to approach them, that’s a great time to start focusing on the PrepTests.
        4. Always balance timed and untimed practice. Timed practice is important to help you master pacing and quick decision making. However, untimed pacing is where you can really struggle with difficult questions and develop more complex skills to get a higher score. I recommend maintaining a 50/50 balance between timed and untimed practice until a couple weeks before the test, when you should shift toward more timed practice.

        I hope this helps, but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have more questions. Best of luck and happy studying!

        Travis


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