With more than 35 years of experience, Advantage Testing has determined optimal program lengths required for students to achieve their best possible scores for every standardized test. We have found that it takes most students about four to six months of focused preparation to do their best on the LSAT. In that time, we recommend students take as many full-length (including experimental sections) practice tests as possible.
We recommend that most students begin studying in the spring before they plan to apply to law schools. With this start, you should have enough time to devote to focused LSAT preparation. Furthermore, we discourage students from pursuing internships or jobs during their summer LSAT preparation, unless they commit no more than 20 hours per week to these other activities. LSAT preparation is most effective when it is your primary focus.
You should also incorporate a potential retake into your timeline. For example, if you are planning to submit a fall law school application, you should consider taking the test for the first time in June to give yourself the option to retake the test in August or September; if you are planning to prepare intensively over the summer, you should consider taking the test in both August and October.
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