Yes, I know that this is an SAT blog, but I do love teaching the LSAT too, and I couldn’t resist reviewing this watch that one of my LSAT students bought. If you don’t care about the LSAT, don’t worry. I’ll be back with an SAT-related article in a day or two.
The only timer that you are allowed to bring for the LSAT is a silent analog wristwatch. That’s right – no desktop timers, and nothing digital. I suppose that the good folks at LSAC are worried that someone will invent a digital watch that can be programmed to solve logic games.
At first glance, this is easily the ugliest wristwatch I have ever seen. It’s huge and plasticky, and it’s asymmetrical face is unbecoming. No matter – functionality is what you’re looking for anyhow.
The watch feels so-so in quality, but it has a black rubber case, and should be durable enough to last through a LSAT or two (including lots of practice tests). The manufacturer’s website flashed a teaser photo showing the watch in several different “stylish” colors that will be “coming soon.” No need to wait – it won’t look stylish in any color, even if you move like Jagger.
My student assured me that the watch times each 35 minute section accurately. It retails for $19.99. Even with the added $5.15 USPS shipping (overnighting it costs a whopping $20.99!) and state tax ($1.75 to my zip code), it’s still fairly inexpensive. If you order it at Amazon, it’s eligible for free Super Saver Shipping.
However, I have one major beef with the LSAT Timer, which is that it’s hard to reset accurately. I had to struggle to get the minute hand exactly at the 35-minute mark, and once I did, I found it usually jumped a minute or two when I pushed the crown in. That would be really annoying/anxiety inducing during an actual exam. Furthermore, the second hand doesn’t reset at all, so I wonder why they bothered with it.
By the way, if you watch the video at the manufacturer’s website, you’ll notice that the minute hand is a bit off (maybe 1/2 min.) on the second reset. You may like the “Peanuts” music, though (Linus and Lucy, by Guaraldi).
I don’t want to call this a deal breaker, but I’d much prefer a watch with a reset button. When I was a kid, I had a cheap stopwatch that had this feature, and it worked very well, instantly bringing both the second and minute hands to the exact reset position.
By googling “LSAT watch,” I easily found one called the “180Watch,” but it retails for $49 (+ $7 S&H). Of course, I haven’t tried that one, but most watches manufactured today are quite accurate (even cheapies). It’s your call whether the reset feature (both minute and second hands reset) is worth the extra $$ and the risk of buying an unknown product. By the way, it’s also very unsightly.
If you don’t mind futzing with the reset between sections, the LSAT Timer is an affordable product that does what it’s supposed to.