Thinking about taking the LSAT? Then, first off, it’s not as bad as it seems. With adequate preparation, your target score, whether that’s a 175 or a 155, is not out of reach.
The most difficult aspect of the test is the mental side of it. The time constraints are not forgiving, the material is densely worded, and most questions are designed to lead you to the incorrect answer. That being said, once you can wrap your head around the dynamics of the test, as well as your own strengths and weaknesses, you will begin to find patterns and tendencies within the questions that will make you a more consistent test taker.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on LSAT classes or private tutors. There are several LSAT practice books out there that are just as capable of preparing you for test day, for under $100.
The simplest, most effective do-it-yourself method is to read through a book that explains how each of the three sections work, the type of questions to expect, and how to solve them. After you have a thorough understanding of each of the concepts, take as many practice tests as you can (without burning yourself out) before test day. 2-3/week is the maximum, anymore than that and the likelihood that you’ll overthink the test increases dramatically.
There is not a finite amount of time for anyone to study for the LSAT; that changes from person to person. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare, and you’ll know when you’re ready.