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April 9, 2010

6-Month LSAT Study Schedule / Plan

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6 months is more than enough time if you stick with a regular, but moderate, schedule. I've reviewed all books and PrepTests mentioned below in my best LSAT prep books recommendations post. You can order recent individual LSAT PrepTests as PDFs.

This 24-week schedule is intense. Follow it only if you're studying for the LSAT full-time, or if you're able to study for several hours each weekend. You might have work/school/life obligations that make this impossible. If that's the case, skip some of the "re-do" and "review" weeks, and complete the rest at a more relaxed pace.

Month 1:

Study my relevant blog posts on Logic Games and complete this list of Logic Games from PrepTests 29-38 ordered by difficulty during the first 4 weeks.

Week 1: Complete Pure Sequencing, Basic Linear, and Advanced Linear games. Review each game that gives you trouble.

Week 2: Complete Grouping: In-Out / Selection, Grouping: Splitting, and Grouping: Matching games. Review each game that gives you trouble.

Week 3: Complete Combination games in PrepTests 29-38 (untimed).

Week 4: Complete any Logic Games in PrepTests 19-28 of the types that give you difficulty, then complete several timed sections of Logic Games. Review.


Month 2:

Week 5: Read A Rulebook For Arguments and complete a few more timed sections of Logic Games. Review.

Week 6: Study my blog posts on Logical Reasoning before completing LSAT questions of each type in PrepTests 29-38 using the LSAT Logical Reasoning spreadsheet (untimed). Complete a few timed sections of Logic Games.

Week 7: Continue Logical Reasoning work from Week 6 with additional question-types and complete a few timed sections of Logic Games.

Week 8: Continue Logical Reasoning work from Week 6 with additional question-types and complete a few timed sections of Logic Games.


Month 3:
Week 9: A brief return to Logic Games: Complete any Logic Games in GROUPED by Game Type of the types that give you difficulty (untimed), then complete several timed sections of Logic Games. Review. Complete a few timed sections of Logical Reasoning.

Week 10: Complete Logical Reasoning work from Week 6 with additional question-types and complete a few timed sections of Logic Games.

Week 11: Read my blog posts on Reading Comprehension and complete several sections of Reading Comp from PrepTests 29-38 (untimed). Complete a few timed LG and LR sections.

Week 12: Complete several timed sections of Reading Comp from PrepTests 19-28 and/or 29-38, as well as some timed sections of LG and LR.


Month 4:
Week 13: Catch-up and review week. Re-do the Linear / Sequencing games from PrepTests 29-38. Try to solve them more quickly and make new inferences. Complete timed sections of all types.

Week 14: Catch-up and review week. Re-do the Grouping and Combination games from PrepTests 29-38. Try to solve them more quickly and make new inferences. Complete timed sections of all types.

Week 15: Catch-up and review week. Re-do the Logical Reasoning questions from PrepTests 29-38 that gave you trouble. Complete timed sections of all types.

Week 16: Complete the 3 tests in LSAC's SuperPrep (timed) and review the explanations. Although the explanations are technical, it's good to learn how the test-makers think. Identify weak areas


Month 5:
Week 17: Re-read my blog posts on Logic Games, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension about question-types still giving you trouble. Complete a recent LSAT PrepTest under timed conditions. Review.

Week 18: Use my Logic Games categorization and/or Logical Reasoning spreadsheet to do question-types in 10 More and/or 10 Actual Official LSAT PrepTests that still give you difficulty. Review. Complete a recent LSAT PrepTest under timed conditions. Review.

Week 19: Catch-up and review week. Do Reading Comp passages about your least-favorite topics using my Reading Comp passages categorization, as well as a few timed sections of LG and LR.

Week 20: Complete 3 recent LSAT PrepTests under timed conditions as 4-section exams. Review each exam on alternating days.


Month 6:
Week 21: Complete 3 recent LSAT PrepTests (timed). Splice in sections from another to simulate experimental sections. Review each exam on alternating days.

For the remaining weeks, study each of these Logic Games Explanations after completing the relevant exam.

Week 22: Complete 3 recent LSAT PrepTests (timed). Splice in sections from another to simulate experimental sections. Review each exam on alternating days.

Week 23: Complete 3 recent LSAT PrepTests (timed). Splice in sections from another to simulate experimental sections. Consider using one section to create a 6-section exam for extra practice. Review each exam on alternating days.

Week 24: Complete 3 recent LSAT PrepTests (timed). Splice in sections from another to simulate experimental sections. (Again, consider using one section to create a 6-section exam). More thoughts on how to simulate the experimental section in this LSAT Blog post. Review each exam on alternating days.

Finally, rock the LSAT on Test Day.

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks! I'm testing in October and this gives me more to do :)

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  2. Thanks, Steve! I'm going to switch over to this guide from the 3-month one--I'm going to postpone taking the June LSAT because of school and work. =/

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  3. Hey, Steve, when you say "Complete 10-14 sections of Logic Games from PrepTests 19-28 (timed). Review," do you mean the entire section of logic games, or just 10-14 logic games and their multiple questions? Thanks!

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  4. I mean sections, not games.

    10-14 sections at 4 games/section = 40-56 games (just so there's no excuses due to confusion, haha). This means you should redo some, or perhaps do some from the earlier book of 10 exams (10 Actual).

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  5. Haha. Thanks, Steve. I was confused because I already did a lot of them. :)

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  6. Thank you for this lsat study planner, I will take the Lsat in December and when I recieve my results I will make an effort to come back and post my success. I'm looking forward to sticking to this schedule and doing well...thanks again Steve.

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  7. I'm hoping to take next June's LSAT, can't wait to use these study guides. Thanks!!

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  8. Don't be TOO excited, Carolyn. There are other things in life besides the LSAT. (I wish I remembered what they were...)

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  9. So wait...should we be making copies of all the LGs from tests 38 and earlier (the three "Actual" books if i'm not mistaken)?

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  10. This is ridiculous. Nobody needs to study for the LSAT for 6 months. 2 to 3 months is plenty. These suggestions are not only excessive, but will end up damaging the person's scores. You should not study TOO much.

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  11. Not everyone can just study for three months and get their ideal score. One size does not fit all, there is no need to criticize someone else's study plan.

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  12. Hi Steve, I would like to ask you whether you still recommend using the prep tests referenced in this plan since this post is from a few years ago. Does it make more sense to get the most recent versions of the "Next 10 Actual, Official" prep test books, or does it matter too much? Thanks and I appreciate your advice.

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