Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel is Most Strongly Supported's blog manager. He does indeed wear an Oak Cluster on his hoodie to indicate his rank with respect to other bloggers. If you question the editorial decision making on this blog, he's the fella whose photo you ought to throw darts at.

Branden's writing is influenced generally by current events, mostly regarding science, politics, and the law. Stylistically, Branden thinks of his posts as the Hemmingway of standardized testing -- writing that is at once spare, economical, and lyrical.

Branden's favorite section of the LSAT is Logical Reasoning, and he refers to individual LR questions as "logic snacks." They're yummy, not overfilling like Reading Comp passages or, y'know, crunchy like Logic Games.

When not blogging or teaching the LSAT in the San Fernando Valley, Branden writes books and hangs out with his daughter.

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Fallacy Watch – GOP Debate #4

The Blueprint team has followed this year’s presidential debates, Republican and Democratic alike, with great interest and, more importantly, with a singular goal: tracking the reasoning flaws lurking within the candidates’ arguments. In an age of sound bites and endless, empty commentary on the so-called horserace, we believe it’s important to expose the reasoning or lack thereof displayed by those who aspire to be the next leader of the free world.

However, since we can’t help but be passive viewers of the spectacle, it’s up to the moderators to shape the raw material we work with. For the second time in a row last night, the moderators fell down on the job. In the CNBC debate last month, which left the candidates and the Republican Party in general crying foul, the moderators asked snide, substance-free questions (“Mr. Trump, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”), allowing the candidates to turn the tables on the questioners in supremely predictable acts of debate jiu jitsu.

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Now’s the time.

The results are in, and, for the second time in a row, the number of LSAT takers year-over-year is emphatically up. For the June 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 6.6% over June 2014, and for the September/October 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 7.4% over September/October 2014. This comes after a string of drops, often in the double-digits, between 2010 and 2014.

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How to Maximize Your Time Before the June LSAT

The December LSAT comes right on the heels of the October exam, and the February exam comes right on the heels of the December exam. However, oddly enough, there’s four months on either side of the June exam. It’s also the only exam that’s on a Monday afternoon rather than a Saturday morning. It also happens to be the next exam on the calendar.

Why is this exam different than all other exams?

Who knows? Maybe spring is in the air in Newton, PA, and whatever passes for love at LSAC is along for the ride. Maybe the makers of the LSAT figure you need a few months to recover from Mardi Gras. Maybe they’re burned out themselves and just want to kick it for a while.

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Blueprint Instructor: What I Learned On My First LSAT

Taking an official LSAT is so awesome that I did it more than once. In fact, I did it three times!

Okay, maybe awesome is not the word. However, taking the exam is a singular experience, and I’ll give you a brief rundown of how it went on my first journey into the dark heart of the LSAT. Even better, I’ll tell you what I learned and how I did things differently thereafter.

The first time I took the exam was in October, 2001 at UC Irvine. Please do not try to calculate my age given this information. You’ll need serious calculus skills, and, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re a humanities major who needs a calculator to leave a tip. (Just double the tax, professor.)

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How to Improve Your LSAT Speed and Endurance

With two weeks and change before the February LSAT, it’s tempting to think that there’s no room for improvement. (Maybe not tempting, but nearly unavoidable.) However, the vast majority of studiers can still improve – even in the week before the test.

Up until this point, you’ve likely been focusing on learning how to answer questions correctly. That, obviously, is pretty important. The trick is translating that ability into answering enough questions correctly in 35 minutes to get the score you want. To do that, you need to master the twin arts of speed and endurance.

Let’s take the latter first.

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On the LSAT, Struggles Lead To Success

The LSAT is hard. Really hard. Students who are bogged down in the middle of LSAT study sometimes feel like it’s just something some people can do and some people can’t. The ones who feel this way invariably put themselves in the “can’t” category. Well, that mindset is self-defeating, and it runs directly counter to the results of studies about… studying. (And, hey, if improvement were impossible then Blueprint wouldn’t exist. The contrapositive of this statement is, “If Blueprint exists, improvement is possible.” And we all know Blueprint exists.)

The simple truth is that learning really hard things is possible. While it happens at a different pace depending upon the person, it does happen.

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Strategies for the Last Month Before the February LSAT

<GULP!> Today marks one month—one month!—until the February LSAT. That’s a mere thirty-one days or, for those of you who are particularly obsessive, 744 hours. (Stop looking at the clock on your phone, and, no, I won’t break it into seconds for you.)

However you’re counting down, we’re getting down to the wire, and it’s time to put your game face on, turn on the afterburners, lock and load, etc. Choose whatever metaphor motivates you.

Up until now, you should’ve been slowly and methodically practicing questions and concepts without timing yourself.

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LSAT Resolutions for 2015

The New Year is upon us, and, while you should definitely party your brains out tonight (then recover your brains out tomorrow), now is a good time to think about studying for the February LSAT. In addition to resolving to lose weight, finish that novel, hike Everest, and prepare for the zombie apocalypse, here are five resolutions you must make to get a great score on February 7th.

1. Do away with distractions and unnecessary responsibilities.
Everyone wants a slice of your precious time and none of them understand what it’s like to study for the LSAT. Mom wants your help making pot roast and your friend has a place in Cabo this weekend and that damn novel certainly isn’t going to write itself (dammit!). Well, too bad.