Reply To: Public Policy student want to take LSAT exam?

December 26, 2017 at 10:48 am #3429
Mike Kim

Hi Yana,

Nice to meet you online and thanks so much for trusting in the Trainer — glad to hear that you enjoy it so far!

I would argue that the LSAT is primarily a reading test, and so, relative to other U.S. standardized exams, it’s a particularly difficult test for non-native speakers — I have, fortunately, seen quite a few remarkable native-Chinese students make great score gains, and I certainly hope that’s the case for you as well —

If your schedule allows for it, I would recommend 6 months of consistent prep, which will put you in position to take the June 2018 exam —

Every student is different, and it could take you far more or far less time to get to a point where you feel at your best, but I think that’s a good starting gauge —

A couple of additional tips —

1) You will have to make up for being a non-native speaker in part with pattern recognition — memorization of how LSAT problems are designed and how the rules of the LSAT work — drilling, which involves working on a bunch of problems that are related to one another — is especially useful for that, and can be a big key to your success.

The free Trainer study schedules available here — — can help you combine your Trainer learning with corresponding drill sets.

2) Outside of directly studying for the LSAT, I encourage you to immerse yourself in as much reading as possible — dense, quality material in whatever subjects interest you most — whether it be public policy or even just about hobbies or people you are interested in — whatever gets you reading, reading, reading, so that you can be in the best reading-shape you can be —

Hope that helps and wish you the best — if you have any follow-up or need anything else, please let me know — Mike