Tag Archive: difficult LR

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February 2010 LSAT Recap

Disclaimer I:
Apparently, LSAC regulations dictate that I refrain from dispelling any details regarding Saturday’s hateful exam (crazy, right?), so I am limiting my discussion to generalities and I would advise those who post, if and when you do, to follow suit and do the same.

The Morning Before

For me, getting through the morning before the LSAT was the worst part of the exam. For those taking the LSAT in Pasadena, CA the weather decided to match the excitement and so it rained cats and dogs. Seriously, I could barely see the car in front of me swerving through the 110 freeway. And of course, since it was the day of the LSAT—the exam that made you give up dieting, facebooking, quitting smoking, The Big Bang Theory (or whatever inferior show it is that you watch); the exam that determines the rest of your life—everything felt personal, and a small part of me (maybe a big part of me) wanted to accidentally intentionally ram my Toyota into the side of the road and have an awesome excuse for missing the LSAT that I’d describe as a great tragedy in my addendum. Though I managed to squish the urge and arrive at the test center safe and sound, the raindrops felt uncannily like hail as I walked in, and everyone I saw looked infinitely smarter and taller, better looking and better prepared than me. By this time, I had to face the fact that I was nervous as hell and tell myself to get an effing grip.

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LSAT Logical Reasoning Tips: June 09, LR2, #14 – or – Crappy Calorie Question

It is time, my friends. Time, that is, for another Logical Reasoning question. As you may be aware, I have been breaking down a series of Logical Reasoning questions from the June LSAT. Hopefully these posts have been helpful in showing you the way that you need to approach different types of LR questions. (The subject matter is slightly altered so as not to run afoul of any licensing rules with the fine folks over at LSAC).

Well, now it is time for a real bitch. In my humble opinion, this is one of the hardest questions from the June test.

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LSAT Logical Reasoning Tips: June 09, LR1, #25 – or – Shady Campaign Contributions?

So I have been slacking on my Logical Reasoning breakdowns, and I apologize. I was temporarily distracted, first by money and then by a problem I had been noting with my students. But now we are back up and running.

If you missed my first two posts on Logical Reasoning questions from the June 2009 LSAT, you can check them out here.

So onward and forward. When I was reviewing the June test, the following question struck me as being exceptionally difficult. We will do this one a little differently. I am going to show you the whole question and the answer choices so you actually get a chance to check it out and try to do it yourself. When you are finished, read on and we will discuss. Here you go, enjoy.

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LSAT Study Off-Track? A Tip for Overcoming a Common Obstacle

A student came up to me the other day with a perplexing problem. He had improved to a point where he was reasonably adept at Logical Reasoning problems, but he felt that he could not improve past a certain plateau. He had followed all of my advice and could recite the methods that we teach backward and forward. And when he got a question wrong, he could understand why he got it wrong and why the correct answer was correct, but he did not feel he was learning anything from his mistakes.

So then I asked him to show me an example of a question that he got wrong. When he did so, I wanted to beat him senseless. So I did. Well, not really—at least not physically. The question was a form of argument that we had covered extensively in class, but it had surfaced in a type of question that didn’t normally contain that kind of argument.

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LSAT Logical Reasoning Tips: June 09, LR2, #24 –or– Can Sea Anemones Really Feel?

Here we go again. As I stated in my last post, I am walking through some of the more challenging and important Logical Reasoning questions from the June 2009 LSAT. Last time we explored a causal question regarding the impact of harsh speed limits on accident rates. Now we dive into a different subject matter and a different question type. I chose this question because it is a perfect illustration of a question that can be very frustrating for students. However, once you know how to approach a question like this, you can quickly bring it to its knees.

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LSAT Logical Reasoning Tips: June 09, Sec 1, #20 -or- Speed Limits on the Highway Suck for More Reasons Than You Think

I got my hands on the June 2009 test pretty recently. As that is the most recent LSAT that anyone will see before the upcoming September exam, there are always important lessons to be learned from such a recent test. As for me, I am taking the September test that will be my first real administered LSAT since 2006. When you teach the LSAT for a living, you tend to familiarize yourself with all of the questions. There is no such thing as an LSAT question that I have not seen. So basically I have no way to study. (I know; it’s a big problem). Except, of course, for the June test. So I was thrilled at the opportunity to take a new LSAT. Yes, I am aware that this is slightly lamer than owning a ShamWow, subscribing to eHarmony, or dotting an i with a heart.