Random Act of Acing the LSAT
September 18, 2012
I may sound like an old(er) lady before my time, but sometimes I just can’t understand the slang of the kids these days! Is “cray” the same as “crazy”? Something “sick” can be a good thing, while someone sick is decidedly not good… huh? And “random”: the kids seem to use it to describe anything unfavorable (e.g., “sucks”), but in my day (there I go again), something random was unexpected, unforeseen. Random could be good or bad or just a way to pick lottery numbers, but it always a toss-up.
As a Kaplan LSAT instructor, I hear potential test takers describe the test as random, complaining that it “doesn’t mean anything” and shrugging that they will just “take a guess and see what happens.” But, again, at the risk of sounding like a grouchy granny, the LSAT is anything but random, sonny! It tests the specific skills that law schools look for in successful candidates (to-be-successful graduates and, later, successful attorneys) in strategic, time-tested ways. The LSAT is meticulously researched, designed, and test-run in sample groups to ensure that it is airtight: only a handful of questions have been recalled in the last couple of decades, and those were statistically analyzed to exhaustion.
So, instead of throwing their hands up and dismissing the LSAT as random, test takers should meet strategy with strategy. Consider the end game: if the test is measuring the reading, analysis, and reasoning skills necessary to thrive in law school and legal practice, you should answer each question with an eye toward those desired skills. Always consider “Why am I being tested?” and rise to that challenge by reading carefully, paying attention to detail, sticking to the scope of the problem, and following the path of logic.
Kaplan’s strategic, proven LSAT methods walk you through these practices step-by-step, enabling you to identify correct answers confidently and efficiently- there’s nothing random about learning, practicing, applying, and benefitting from a system that works! Instead of taking a chance, Kaplan students take charge of their test and their future in law.