Matt Riley

My name is Matt but most people call me Riley.  In case you were wondering, I didn’t come up with the name LSAT Ninja.  I was not blessed with many talents in life, including coming up with clever names for blogs.  However, roughly seven years ago I discovered that I have an uncanny ability to solve word puzzles quickly and accurately.  In other words, my only real talent is the LSAT.

After receiving a 179 on my first LSAT in 2002, I went down the normal road and applied to law school.  I decided to turn down schools like Harvard and NYU and started teaching the LSAT (I know, my mom didn’t quite understand, either).  Then I kept teaching the LSAT, and kept doing it some more.  Now I am one of the owners of Blueprint and I still teach the LSAT.  I probably know every question that has ever been featured on the test, including the one about monkeys and teats, as well as male sage grouse air sacs.  Let's just say neither topic makes for a great pickup line.

So I am here as the “LSAT Ninja” to help you with your own LSAT adventure.  Most test prep companies keep this stuff under lock and key, but my idea is to liberate LSAT prep information.  I will discuss the experience of taking the LSAT, tips and strategies for doing well, and even a foolproof strategy for getting lucky with that cute guy or gal at your testing center.  I have a head for numbers so there will be lots of stats, charts and graphs and hopefully some spirited debate about the importance of such things.  It’s gonna be great.  I hope you enjoy…

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Time for the Crystal Ball: June LSAT Predictions

I have developed a bad habit.  You see, about a year ago, I began making predictions about upcoming LSAT administrations.  It turns out that LSAT students are highly interested in the topic.  And it has gone rather well so far.  I predicted that the curve for the September test last year was going to be rather forgiving.  I also went out on a limb and predicted that the same would be true for the December LSAT.

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Countdown to the LSAT: Five Tips for Test Day

The clock is ticking… 10 days, 9 days, 8 days, 7 days, 6 days, 5 days…

Yep, the LSAT is less than a week away.  But no need to stress.  Not much more than the rest of your life (higher education, career, attractiveness of your future spouse) is riding on your performance next Monday.

My last day through the ringer was last September.  If you want to get a feeling for what the experience will be like, check out my pre-game post, written in the stressful moments before the big day.

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Las Vegas: City of Sin (and LSAT Fallacies)

I recently returned from a trip to Vegas.  Well, actually, I returned about two weeks ago, but my wallet and my soul have just recently recovered.

Seeing as I am unable to ever completely shake the LSAT out of my brain (even after twelve beers at the pool and too many tequila shots to recall), I kept noticing that people use some pretty flawed logic inside the hallowed walls of those casinos.  I know that might sound shocking since we normally equate Vegas with rationality and profound intellect, but let me give you a couple examples.

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Logic Games Tips: Partying with Brutal Deductions

Since some crazy folks have started circulating rumors about the Logic Games on the LSAT becoming more difficult over the last year or so, I thought it might be appropriate to outline some brutal deductions.

Say hello to the final game from the September 2009 LSAT.  In order to get through this game in less than an hour (and not slice your wrists in the process), some crucial deductions were needed.

Let’s take a look (the subject of the game has been slightly altered):


Logic Games on the LSAT: Don’t Call it a Comeback

Everyone loves a comeback, a good underdog story.

Just look at the Olympics currently taking place north of the border.  Seth Wescott became a star with a valiant comeback in snowboard cross.  Bode Miller, the incredible disappointment from 2006, came back to win bronze in the men’s downhill.  Lindsey Vonn bounces back from a leg injury (and some questionable bikini photos) to capture gold in the downhill.  Shoot, even Shaun White came back (down to Earth) after spinning around what seemed to be 18 times in the halfpipe.

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Should I Cancel the February LSAT?

You have until Friday to decide.  No, I am not talking about your destination for Valentine’s Day or your excuse for making this weekend a super-long weekend.  Friday is the deadline to cancel your February LSAT score.

For some students, this decision brings sleepless nights and lots of overeating.  A bad LSAT score is not a great thing to have on your record.  Not as bad as a conviction for international espionage or anything, but not great.

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Temporal Fallacies on the LSAT vs. the NFL Playoffs

The LSAT talks about a lot of different subject areas.  Fractal geometry, the mating habits of sage grouse, diapir eruptions, “group think” behavior, and even unicorns have all been the topic of discussion at different times.

But they don’t talk about sports.  Well, not much, at least.

And I think I might know why.  There are certain issues in sports that I believe can poke holes in the reasoning used on the LSAT.

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2009: End of the Year LSAT Review

It has been a very eventful year.

The United States swore in our first black President.  The King of Pop kicked the can.  We finally achieved health care reform… sorta.  We started to bounce back from the recession… kinda.  A Tiger became a cheetah.  And the Yankees won another World Series.

Well, all of that is well and good, but it has been an equally eventful year for those of us in the LSAT world.  And I would like to take this opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane.  Some highlights…

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December 2009 LSAT Scores Are Out

Scores have arrived.

Thousands of anxious LSAT students awoke this morning with a frightening email in their Inbox.  Subject:  Your December 2009 LSAT Score.  After a brief panic attack and some inspirational videos, many students have not yet summoned the courage to actually open said email.

But once you have, you can join the big topic of conversation… the curve.