A Funky New Timekeeping Option for the LSAT

LSATMax watchLet it never be said that applying to law school doesn’t require complying with some weird rules. Case in point — the “all analog” timekeeping requirements on the LSAT.

If you don’t want to spend your precious mental energy adding and subtracting time during the LSAT, check out today’s guest post from LSATMax. They’ve created — wait for it — a 35 minute watch! And they’re here to share some LSAT timing advice.

Time is Not on Your Side

Time has always been a big hurdle for many LSAT takers. Each of the five sections of the exam must be completed within 35 minutes. Though definitely daunting, time should never be an LSAT prep student’s first priority. The number one priority is getting the strategies and techniques down for each question type and section. Once you begin to master these strategies and techniques, your timing will naturally improve.

This is not to say that timing doesn’t also need practice. As with practicing your specific techniques for the different question types, it’s imperative to practice your timing. The best way to practice is to mimic testing conditions as closely as possible.

LSAC does not allow digital watches in the testing center.

Don’t ask us why, but what this means is that you must depend on an analog watch or the wall-clock in your testing room to figure out how much time you have left on each section. The problem with this method of time keeping is that you must add and subtract minutes from the time the section began to determine how much time is remaining. Thankfully, LSATMax has come up with a solution to this problem.

LSATMax has done away with the dilemma of time calculation during the exam by creating the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch.

This watch is an analog watch that only counts down 35 minutes. The face of the watch is marked in five-minute increments from 35 to zero. You can wind the minute hand of the watch to the “12 o’clock” position, which is marked “35” and start the section. The minute hand conveniently winds down clockwise. When the section is done, all you need to do is wind the minute hand 180 degrees back up to the 35-minute mark and begin again. (You can purchase the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch here if you like.)

With this watch, you can truly mimic test day while you practice under time pressure.

Our Advice: Timed Tests Under Testing Conditions

Taking timed sections is key to raising your score and increasing your endurance. We recommend taking at least one full-length practice LSAT per week to hone your timing and test-taking stamina.

As mentioned above, the optimal way to take these practice LSATs is to mimic testing conditions as closely as possible. On the day of your LSAT, an official LSAC proctor will read the instructions and time you as you proceed through the exam. Moreover, all your LSAT-taking peers will inevitably create background noise that could distract you.

In an effort to further help you mirror your LSAT testing conditions, TestMax, the creator of BarMax and LSATMax, has released a brand new app, called Exam Proctor.

Exam Proctor gives students the ability to simulate an authentic exam room experience for up to eight of the most popular standardized exams: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL and the bar exam. Not only does the app simulate the exact timing and sections for each of these exams, but it also simulates testing conditions by offering the option of specific section instructions and even background noise, such as coughing, sneezing, rustling and tapping, to help assimilate students to what they will face on test day.

LSATMax is always looking for ways it can improve students’ LSAT prep experience.

Practicing under simulated testing conditions is the key to a better LSAT score so download Exam Proctor today to optimize your LSAT prep and maximize your score.

Happy Studying!

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