I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I do have a reason: I was studying for the LSAT, waiting for my score after my retake, and applying to law schools. But the main point of this post isn’t where I’ve been. Rather, it’s how I increased my score 7 points after just about two months.
First, a little backstory. I took the LSAT for the first time in 2012. Even after taking a prep course online from perhaps one of the most well-known test prep companies in the U.S., my score was much lower than I hoped for. Fast forward five years and I decided I’d give both the LSAT and the prep course another go.
And I had no improvement. In fact, the prep course put a bunch of cutesy mnemonics and gimmicky phrases in my head, which left me preoccupied and overwhelmed during the June 2017 exam. It was by far the worst test experience I’ve had in my life. I don’t just mean that I felt rushed or had a difficult time; I full-on didn’t remember a single word of the last three scored sections of the test. When people later talked about what the logic games and reading comprehension topics were, I had zero recollection of any of them. Yet I chose not to cancel my score, and to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t. I’ll explain why soon.
After I got my score back, I knew I wanted to take the test again. This time, though, I swore I would leave behind the prep course that had failed me twice. I researched different options, many of which sounded great. But I kept being drawn to Blueprint LSAT’s online course, Blueprint: The Movie 2.0. After sleeping on it, I made the decision to go for it.
I quickly received the course materials, which included three books, two pencils, a retractable eraser, and a pencil sharpener. The pencils, eraser, and sharpener all had suggestive puns on them. When I laughed before even starting the course, I knew I had made the right choice.
By the time I was able to start the course, I only had about two months to study. And with life occasionally getting in the way, I wasn’t able to finish every part of the course before the September exam. I did complete all of the lessons, just not all of the homework after Lesson 9 or so. But from the start of the first lesson, I felt things start to click. It might not be the right kind of instruction style for everyone, but it was a perfect match for me.
After just a week or so, all of the gimmicks from the failed-me-twice prep course were almost entirely out of my mind. I was so relieved. You know that feeling you get when something you’ve struggled with for so long finally starts to get easier? And you feel like you could just cry from happiness? That’s the feeling I had.
I didn’t look at the June exam until Blueprint added it to their practice test library. I decided to retake it, still under timed conditions, but with a much better mindset. I scored 14 points higher than I had on the real test. No, that’s not a typo. Fourteen. Points. Higher. I was even more relieved when I saw that score jump. I no longer felt like a complete failure who could manage to graduate college with a 4.0 but not get a decent score on what people refer to as one of the most “learnable” tests. Had I canceled my score after the June test and never known what I had gotten, I wouldn’t have been able to have that tangible proof that I was capable of scoring so much higher on the same exact test I had taken just a couple months earlier.
Now, because I try to be as realistic as possible, I knew my score on test day would probably be a little lower than that at-home retake. As someone who was diagnosed with anxiety at a young age and started to really struggle with it in my twenties, I knew my performance on the real exam would be affected to some extent. And, to be fair, I wasn’t able to fully commit to the prep course the way I wanted to. But I finally felt like I had some hope. I wasn’t terrified anymore.
When I walked into the building for the September exam, I felt way more confident in my abilities. I didn’t panic or feel horribly rushed this time around. I was able to answer every question, even on that one brutal reading comp passage. (Seriously, just hearing the word “candor” makes my head hurt now.) I walked out of the test feeling hopeful, not defeated like I had the previous two times.
As I waited weeks for my score, my expectations were basically stuck on a rollercoaster. There was even a point when I was sure I must have done even worse than my first two attempts. On Grey Day, I refreshed my LSAC page every two seconds until my score finally popped up. I breathed out a huge sigh of relief when I saw it was 7 points higher than my June score.
Had I been able to study for more than just two months or so, I think I could have had an even bigger improvement. I know I could take the LSAT for a fourth time, but to be totally honest, three times caused me enough stress. I’m satisfied with my score. It may not be up to my own standards (which are, admittedly, way too high), but I think it’s good enough to get me into a decent school.
If you’re considering taking or retaking the LSAT, I would definitely suggest giving Blueprint a shot, whether you opt for the classroom course or the online course. They have a satisfaction guarantee as well, so you really don’t have anything to lose.
And if you’re just looking for a little encouragement that you can get better at the LSAT, take it from me: you can. You’ve got this. I’m rooting for you all the way.