Category Archive: LSAT

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A Complete Guide to When Stronger or Weaker Answers Are “Better”

For some kinds of Logical Reasoning questions, stronger answers are better. For others, weaker answers are better. Are you having trouble keeping track of which ones are which? If you’re trying to memorize it one question type at a time, all of this will get much easier if you understand one simple rule. Here’s the fundamental principle.

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Thinking About Retaking the LSAT?

September LSAT scores are due back at the end of the end of the month, and if you were among the many who capped off your summer by taking that test], you may now be facing the quintessential existential conundrum of whether to retake the test in November. If so, here are some things to ponder while you twiddle your thumbs awaiting your score:

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Getting to Yes on the LSAT

Before you start law school, the one book everyone will tell you to read is Getting to Maybe. As its subtitle How to Excel on Law School Exams might suggest, it’s a tract on how to excel on law school exams. Its essential thesis is that up to law school, most exams lavishly award students who can identify the “right” answer. But a law school exam — in which complex fact patterns are devised with no clear “right” answer, requiring students to apply legal analysis to both sides of an issue — is a different beast that requires a different approach. The book describes how to live and thrive in this land of “maybe” in which law school exams exist.

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September 2018 Post-LSAT Carnival

As we do after every LSAT, we’re throwing a carnival! And not just any kind of carnival — the best kind! No, no, not the crazy lit Brazilian ones with the steroidal parades or Caribbean cruise ones or the ones with rigged games. And no, not that guy from the TV show … that’s a Cannavale. No, folks, we’re throwing a post-LSAT carnival! Yes, we’re throwing a party with all your post-LSAT pals.

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What I Wish I Knew About Test Day Before Taking the LSAT

While I was studying for the LSAT, I put a lot of stock in each practice exam score and even the individual questions I was practicing. Since the practice tests are one of the best indicators of how you’ll perform on the exam, I’d grade my practice exams with enormous stress and anticipation, as if those practice versions were going to determine my future. One thing I didn’t think about enough before taking the LSAT was how the actual test day would be different from practice. This is what I wish I knew about test day:

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What I Wish I Knew About Logic Games Before Taking the LSAT

There are some people who feel completely comfortable with LSAT logic games — they take to games like a fish to water, with nary a problem finding deductions or visualizing how the game works.

Back when I was studying for the LSAT, I was not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I did fine on the Games section, but I always had a lingering fear that I’d get some super hard game on my test and not be able to figure it out. I just couldn’t quite see how games worked in the way that other people could.

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What I Wish I Knew About Logical Reasoning Before Taking the LSAT

This week, we’re going to do a series in which a bunch of LSAT veterans are going to discuss what they wish they knew before taking the LSAT. Today I’ll kick things off by talking a little about what I wish I knew before taking the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT.

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The Morning Cometh: The September 2018 LSAT Recap

In the summer months, millions of people around the globe travel en mass to their local multiplexes to see the blockbusters that Hollywood has bestowed upon them. These films can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved dinosaur movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be prequels to beloved space movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved spy movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved heist movies. In some rare cases, they can feature, well, The Rock, who is essentially a superhero anyway. The point is, when Hollywood knows it has to release a movie that will attract as many eyeballs as possible — movies that will be comprehensible to people not only in the Americas, but to those in Europe and Asia as well — it plays it safe, and goes with the classics that people know and love.

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Your September 2018 LSAT Instant Reaction

September test takers, congratulations! You woke up early, ate a nourishing breakfast, ambled over to your test center, checked in, fidgeted nervously as you waited for the test to start, completed five sections of intense multiple choice questions, and then wrote a short persuasive essay for some reason. And now finally — finally! — you can take a well-deserved rest. Or you can elect to drink deeply from the cup of life, imbibing sweet elixirs all night long. No matter how you decide to celebrate this achievement, you’ve earned it.