Reviewing LSAT questions (and exams) correctly is the key to getting the score improvement you want. It isn’t enough to take a practice exam, check your answers right away, and look up the Blueprint explanations for the questions you missed. On the contrary, if you check your answers right away after a timed prep test, you are missing your best opportunity to get as much information about how to improve: the Blind Review.

What is a Blind Review? Essentially, you are retaking questions you weren’t 100% sure about before you know what the correct answer is. You are either reaffirming your correct process, or learning where your process went wrong, preferably by figuring this out for yourself. As you will see, it also involves analyzing questions you thought you were 100% certain about and got wrong.

Your Blueprint account includes access to LSAC’s LawHub, which offers every released LSAT in the exact format you will confront on the actual exam. The LawHub version of the exam is the one you will use for your Blind Review of your practice exam. Here is what you'll need to do:

Step 1 – Take a Practice Exam (PE) through your Blueprint Account

Take one of the exams available to you in your Blueprint account under the timing you will be using on the actual exam. For most students, that will be 1x (35 minutes per section). However, if you have 1.5x or 2x time, use that setting to simulate the timing you will have on test day.

As you take the exam, flag every question you are not 100% certain you are getting correct. What does 100% certain mean? It means that you are certain that your selected answer is correct, and equally certain that the other four answer choices are incorrect.

If you are at the beginning of your prep, it is also a good idea to flag every LR question where you are not 100% certain you have correctly identified the conclusion and premises. If you aren’t certain, you may get the question right because of luck rather than skill. This will help you develop that all-important skill of analyzing the argument into its component parts.

When you are finished with the exam, you will have up to three categories of questions: (1) the ones you are 100% certain about; (2) the ones you are NOT 100% certain about and have flagged; and (3) questions you didn’t have enough time to answer. The following steps will address how to handle each of these categories.

Once you have completed the exam, DO NOT LOOK AT ANY OF THE CORRECT ANSWERS. That would defeat the whole purpose of the Blind Review, which is to revisit your reasoning unaffected by the correct result.

Then log into LawHub and pull up the Practice Test that corresponds to the Blueprint PE you took. Heads up - to make our PEs the best practice possible, the section order and selection are not identical to the original PT. Make sure you check out the order of the sections we use in the table below. If your test included an experimental section, it will come from a different test on LawHub, so you should review the experimental section on our website rather than including it in your Blind Review on LawHub.

Blueprint Practice Exam Number

Admin Date

LawHub PT Number

Order of PT Sections Used

1

Sep 2014

PT73 (Flex version)

3, 2, 1

2

Jun 2017

PT81

4, 2, 1

3

Sep 2017

PT82

2, 1, 4

4

Dec 2017

PT83

2, 4, 1

5

Jun 2018

PT84

4, 2, 1

6

Oct 2015

PT76

4, 2, 1

7

Dec 2015

PT77

4, 2, 1

8

Jun 2016

PT78

2, 1, 4

9

Sep 2016

PT79

2, 4, 1

10

Dec 2016

PT80

2, 4, 1

11

Sep 2018

PT85

4, 2, 1

12

Nov 2018

PT86

2, 1, 4

13

Jun 2019

PT87

4, 2, 1

14

Sep 2019

PT88

1, 2, 4

15

Nov 2019

PT89

1, 2, 4

Step 2 – Complete Any Questions You Skipped Or Didn’t Have Time to Get to

If you finished all of the questions on time, fantastic! Go to the next step. If, however, you did not get to them all, take as much as you need to be 100% certain of the correct answer. Make sure you apply the correct strategy for each question type. You will be analyzing these questions later on.

Step 3 – Redo All of the Questions You Flagged on the PT

Do these untimed. Reflect on your reasoning from when you first completed the questions. Make sure you understand why the correct reason is right according to the strategy and why the other four answer choices are incorrect. If you did not anticipate something close to the correct answer on the original exam, make sure you do so this time.

For each flagged question, you will either stick with your original answer or select a new one. If you pick a new answer choice, keep track of both your original and new choices. You will need this later on.

Step 4 – Check Your Answers

Go back to your original exam and look at all of the correct answers. Take a look both at how you did on the original exam (time pressure) and on the Blind Review (no time pressure).

Step 5 – Analyze the Questions You Did NOT Flag (100% Sure)

If you got the question right, way to go! Your job is done.

If you got the question wrong, even though you felt 100% certain you got it right, the LSAT tricked you in some way. First, try to understand how on your own. If you’re still stumped, then review the Blueprint explanation for the question to determine what trap you fell into. Did you have an anticipation? If so, why was it wrong? If not, what should you have done to get a good anticipation? What was tempting about the wrong answer?

Step 6 – Analyze the Flagged Questions You Didn’t Change

If you got the question right, way to go! Your job is done.

If you got the question wrong, repeat the reflection exercise from step 5.

Step 7 – Analyze the Flagged Questions You Changed

If your changed answer is correct, great! You just taught yourself how to approach the question using the right strategy, and did so accurately. Under timed pressure, you may gone with your gut, or your strategy was thrown off by the timing. When you did the Blind Review, however, you corrected the mistake on your own, which is better than having an instructor tell you. Good job!

If your changed answer is wrong and your original answer was correct, recall what you did during your Blind Review and leave that incorrect reasoning in the dust. Learn what your mistake was so you don’t repeat it. Try to do this on your first, only using the Blueprint explanation if you are having trouble spotting the problem.

If your changed answer is wrong and your original answer was also wrong, go to the Blueprint explanation for that question. It is likely that you didn’t really understand the question; use the explanations to fill in the gap in that understanding.

Step 8 – Analyze Any Questions You Skipped Or Ran Out of Time To Do

If you got them right, great! Your job is done.

If you got it wrong, go to the Blueprint explanation for that question. It is likely that you didn’t really understand the question; so use the explanations to fill in the gap in that understanding.

The Blind Review process is admittedly time-consuming, but is a gold mine of information about where your application of the strategies is going amiss, as well as a reaffirmation of your strengths. If you review all of your practice exams in this way, you will be well on your way to correcting and eliminating all of the mistakes you make under timed pressure.

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