Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

As someone who has experienced testing at all levels throughout my academic journey, from Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), to the Suite of Assessments Test (SAT), and now the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), I have found to necessary to adjust my test preparation techniques. I never had test anxiety, until I began preparing for the LSAT. Being that it is a 3 hour and 30 minute exam, I found myself becoming increasingly distracted and frustrated during the duration of my practice tests. My best advice I can give to any test taker is to take tens of timed, simulated practice tests well before test day. It is difficult to sit for such an intense period of anxiety producing examination, which is why I recommend simulating this format. The only way to become comfortable with the test is to practice it over and over again until it becomes second nature.
This strategy is simultaneously beneficial in that it allows the test-taker to recognize the types of questions being asked. Although test formats change each year, by taking real tests and practicing them, you already have an idea of what to expect content-wise going into the exam, which can reduce a significant amount of test anxiety. This format, if provided with the correct answers, allows you to score yourself in order to judge where your strengths are on the exam and, more importantly, where you need improvement. While preparing for the LSAT, I have been taking one practice test per week, which will advance to three per week as the test approaches. Once I finish the duration of a simulated test, I score myself and pay close attention to the types of questions I have mastered, and the ones I repeatedly struggle with. These are the questions that I research and study between each practice test. By being aware of what you understand and what you need to study, you will avoid wasting time reviewing concepts you have mastered, and can more efficiently work on improving skills you have not yet perfected.

Kasey from Arizona
College Junior
University of Arizona