Before you can take the state bar exam, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll be required to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Passing this test is mandatory before you are accepted into an American Bar Association (ABA) college or university as well as into many non-ABA colleges and universities.

Preparing to ace the LSAT

According to the Law School Admission Council, “The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.”

Designed with five sections and multiple choice questions, the LSAT is one of the more challenging examinations to study for and pass. Attorneys don’t brag about their college admittance examination scores for nothing. The fifth section of the LSAT isn’t factored into your overall score. The range of scores you can get go from 120 to 180. Essential components of the test cover reading and comprehension, information organization and management, critical thinking and reasoning and argument.

Even if you spent your high school years participating in debate programs and arguing points with local leaders, you have your work cut out for you when you sit down to prep for the LSAT. As you prep for the LSAT, it’s a good rule to approach studying as if it was at least a part-time job. Set aside ample time to review coursework. You also might find it helpful to read up on historic court cases, examining the way they were presented and argued in a court of law.

Choose a quiet location to prep for LSAT exams. A living room full of people or a den that has the television blasting in the background may not be the best location. To increase your exam scores, you can also enroll in LSAT study programs. Courses used in some programs are developed by Harvard graduates. Written, visual and audio materials are available.

Should you choose the latter route as you prep for LSAT exams, look for programs that provide LSAT explanations. These question and answer explanations can shorten the time it takes you to fully grasp areas covered on the exam. Look for programs that are designed to help you ace the exam the first time to you take it. This can save you the time and money of having to re-register to take the exam. It can also improve your chances of being accepted into law programs at prestigious colleges and universities.

After you take test exams offered through the programs, study your answers and results. As you continue to study, focus on areas you received low scores in. Also, don’t be shy about asking instructors, program developers and people who have already taken and passed the LSAT for help.

Sources: (Law School Admission Council)