As usual, summer is racing by faster than most of us could have imagined. It is already August, which means it is just about time for students to head back to school. The long, sun-soaked summer days are coming to an end. Rolling out of bed at 10:30 A.M. is soon to be traded for bolting upright to the sound of a 7:00 A.M. alarm clock. For most seniors, this is going to be the last summer vacation of their life. It is time to start planning for post-college life, whether that means joining the workforce, or pursuing additional education. For those of you hoping to go to law school, the time has come to start preparing for the LSAT. Today, we are offering some of the best tips we have for excelling at the LSAT. The quest for that 160+ score begins now.

1. Start Now

The LSAT is an extremely hard test. It is not uncommon for students to underestimate it. Unlike the GRE or the MCAT, the LSAT does not test you on the information you learned during your college career. It is not a test of knowledge, but a test of ability. It challenges your skills of, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking. Because of this, many students underestimated how much time they must invest into preparing for the exam. They think, “I don’t need to learn an endless amount of information, so I don’t need to study hard.”

This could not be further from the truth. Taking the LSAT is a skill. And it is not a skill that comes naturally. It is a skill that needs to be developed. The only way to do that is through extensive, focused, and disciplined, practice and preparation, which takes time. Don’t put your studying off. If you want to achieve the type of score that could secure you a scholarship at the school of your choice, start studying now.