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Episode Info: Interview with Steve Schwartz, Founder of LSAT Blog and LSAT Unplugged [Show Summary] In this episode, top LSAT tutor Steve Schwartz discusses the upcoming changes to the LSAT and their implications for law school applicants, the GRE vs LSAT question, his top tips for LSAT prep, and his growing treasure trove of LSAT prep resources — everything from free guides and videos to private tutoring. How to Ace the LSAT [Show Notes] Our guest today is Steve Schwartz of the LSAT blog and the LSAT Unplugged podcast and YouTube channel. Steve graduated from Columbia University in 2008. In high school and college he tutored various subjects and also helped prep test takers for standardized tests, including the LSAT. However, he really began to focus on the LSAT when he was applying to law school. He founded the LSAT Blog in 2008 and never looked back. Today, eleven years later, he has helped thousands master the LSAT, get into law school, and sometimes secure scholarships worth tens of thousands of dollars. Steve, how did you get involved with LSAT test prep? What’s the back story? [2:04] I was considering law school myself and had a very rude awakening with my first diagnostic test when I scored 152 which is right around the average score. Slowly and painstakingly over an entire year I brought my score up to 175 on test day. Once I did that friends started asking for help, and it grew and grew from there. I found I really enjoyed teaching the LSAT once I came to master it. Before we turn to your coaching, I’d like to discuss the changes taking place in the LSAT world. First, what’s happening this summer? [3:01] There are many changes coming, but the biggest one is that the LSAT is finally transitioning to a digital format – it is the last remaining grad level exam to go digital. Starting in July they will be distributing it via tablet, though initially with half still receiving paper and pencil and the other half digitally. LSAT will choose the format for the student and won’t tell them in advance in order to do a controlled study. The plan is to transition to 100% digital this fall. The content for the digital format will remain the same, the only thing changing is the style of delivery. Any changes to LSAT prep in anticipation of the digital LSAT? [4:15] There are a lot of changes. Students used to writing on a page with diagrams and so forth will no longer be able to do that. You will have scrap paper on the side but with the tablet you won’t be able to draw on the screen with the stylus. You also only see one question at a time instead of being able to view them as a group, so students will need to click back and forth within a set of questions. When should an applicant take the GRE instead of the LSAT? [5:34] For the vast majority of schools the LSAT should be the focus. I recently spoke with the UCLA admissions dean, and they only took 5% of applicants with GRE scores, which tells me that with extraordinary applicants they are willing to...
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