As it does every semester, the LEAP Center again collaborated with Kaplan testing to offer a free Mock LSAT, an opportunity for students to assess their performance on one of the keys to being admitted to law school.
The LSAT is a different test than the SAT or ACT because it tests different skills than what students were exposed to in high school and, to some extent, college. It takes intelligence, grit, and a lot of practice for students to do sufficiently well to get into the school of their choice.
The LEAP Mock LSAT is traditionally offered from 9:30-2:00pm on a Saturday and this semester was no exception. A bit before 9:30am, students began filing into the classroom, and we listened to Randy, our prep course instructor. He was enthusiastic and charismatic, and he captured our attention as we learned how the Mock LSAT is structured. The sections include: Logical Reasoning (2 such sections), Analytical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. The actual LSAT also has a writing section and an experimental section. Each section allows 35 minutes for completion. And with that intro, we began.
If anyone were to look into that room at that moment, they would have seen 20+ students with their heads bent down, faces scrunched in extreme concentration. As it turns out, Professor Yawn did exactly that…
Some were scribbling furiously, while others were staring intently at their paper. All of us were intensely focused, ready to take charge of this challenge. At the second to last section, we were able to take a 15 minute break, where we were provided chocolate chip cookies to give us some much needed energy. Once the 15 minutes were up, we were all energized and I was ready to start the exam again to finish the last section.
Finally, at around 2 p.m. we finished the last section. Randy then started to explain how to complete various questions from some of the toughest sections. He explained it in such a way that I could not believe I did not understand it the first time around.
It was time for the results. We all walked to the computer lab where we were able to receive the scores we got. Emotions varied with each score but everyone was happy that they had taken this test as it had bee worth it. Overall, I enjoyed the experience. Even though it was my second time taking it, the Mock LSAT still makes me nervous but by having the opportunity to take it before the real deal helps me feel more prepared. This experience has boosted my self-confidence and helped me make new goals for myself.