Two more cents about that sticker shock you may get when taking a diagnostic test cold. Remember that when you use that test’s conversion chart, you’re essentially being scored on a curve against people who already completed their prep – in many cases months of prep. So it’s not really an appropriate or valid comparison, and it doesn’t say much at all about what you can expect after you’ve put in your dues the way they have.
Second, remember that the LSAT doesn’t test knowledge; it tests your mastery of various processes. That means that, like playing a musical instrument or participating in a sport, “learning” LSAT skills is especially a matter that specifically requires a lot of repetition and practice.
So the bottom line is, it’s not just that you’re taking “a” test cold – you’re taking a test that measures skills that really need to be practiced, and you’re scoring yourself against people who have already done their prep. Don’t be thrown by your results. The key to confidence is worrying about what you can control, and not worrying about what you can’t control.