There’s no way around it—preparing for the LSAT is like adding another course to your semester.
And the only way to succeed in your LSAT preparation is by blocking off your calendar accordingly.
Test takers are given 30 minutes to complete the brief writing exercise, which is not scored but is used by law school admission personnel to assess writing skill. You will probably find it best to spend a few minutes considering the topic and organizing your thoughts before you begin writing.
Do not write on a topic other than the one specified.
On the other hand, you don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing for the writing sample. To get the most out of your months of LSAT studying, you have to do well on test day. Know how you are going to get to the test center and by when.
Just practice the writing sample every time you complete a practice test and you’ll be all set. Plan out your snacks and anything else you’d like to bring that the LSAC permits. You’re probably thinking, how can I relax when I have to pick a test date, a test site, study for months, and then sit for a four hour multiple choice exam? However, it won’t matter how much studying you put in if you don’t have a chance to recharge and let your brain absorb what you’ve studied.
Confine your writing to the lined area following the writing sample topic.
You will find that you have enough space if you plan your writing carefully, write on every line, avoid wide margins, and keep your handwriting a reasonable size. Scratch paper is provided for use during the writing sample portion of the test only.
If you love flexibility or are fitting in LSAT prep around an already full schedule, you may find prepping online at your own pace works best. You’ve selected your LSAT test date and you’ve purchased your study materials.
Either way, make your selection early and base it on what has worked well for you in the past. You know what’s coming next—lots and lots of LSAT practice!