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How to Prepare for an Emergency LSAT Retake

There are people marked by fate. Some are destined for greatness, such as the presidency or the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Others, for notoriety, such as Nixon and whoever invented mayonnaise.

And, for some, the fickle finger of fate reaches out of nowhere to make their LSAT disappear.

Taking the LSAT is bad enough. But to find out your hard work fell off the back of the truck is even worse. Unfortunately, a few now know how this feels. To make up for it, are they offered gold and riches beyond their wildest dreams? Or, even better, a 170+ LSAT score (like when your roommate commits suicide in college)? No.

They’re given one week to prep for an LSAT retake.

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Slay the LSAT Monsters: Reading Comp, Logic Games, LRs

Halloween’s just around the corner, and the scariest thing this year isn’t witches, Satanists, or your sister’s barely-there nurse costume. Rather, Halloween starts the 1-month countdown to the December LSAT.

By now, you should be pretty far along in your studies. You should also have a nemesis in the form of one of the sections. Van Helsing had his Dracula. William Stoughton had his witches. Dr. Frankenstein had Frankenstein’s monster (probably should have seen that one coming).

Each section can be terrifying in its own right. However, each section has its own silver bullet – a strategy to destroy it in one fell blow.

But where can you find these amazing, anti-monster strategies?

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How LSAT Prep is a Lot Like Presidential Debate Prep

Tonight, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off in their third and final presidential debate. Each has spent time secreted in some remote location for arduous and intense debate preparation. The LSAT requires serious prep too, but the similarities don’t stop there.

With both presidential debates and LSAT administrations, you know what’s coming (more or less). Presidential candidates know what topics are likely to come up in the debates, whether in the questions or in their opponent’s responses: taxes, spending, health care, recent events in Libya, comments about the 47%, etc. Likewise, on the LSAT you know there’s going to be an ordering game. It’s very likely that you’ll have to apply your conditional logic skills to a sufficient assumption logical reasoning question. You’re near certain that at least one LSAT reading comp question will ask, “Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the passage?”

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Other Side Effects of LSAT Prep (Besides Making You Smarter)

Last week we covered an exciting scientific study which showed that studying with Blueprint LSAT Prep can actually make you a smarter person. For those spending their days and nights submerged in LSAT logic games, reading comp passages, and endless logical reasoning problems, it’s nice to know that all your effort has some bonus beneficial consequences on top of, you know, getting you into law school. But the rewards don’t end there! While we might not have the same academically rigorous studies to back it up, there are actually a number of other great side effects of LSAT prep that we’ve noticed. Effects such as…

Other Side Effect of LSAT Prep I: Saving You Money

Studying for the LSAT can cost a decent chunk of change, what with LSAT books, prep courses, and registering for LSAT test day.

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5 Websites that Will Help You on LSAT Reading Comp

Success on LSAT Reading Comprehension depends a great deal on one’s reading ability (I know, you don’t need to be a prophet to arrive at this stunning revelation). But how do you become a “better” reader? You presumably mastered reading in middle school, so it may seem that by the time you reach adulthood your reading skills are as good as they’re going to get.

The truth of the matter, however, is that you can significantly improve your reading speed and comprehension by simply reading more. People who regularly read books and articles will not only read faster, but also have better retention of what they read. This is because ample reading literally improves your short-term memory, allowing you to retain content more accurately and for a longer period of time.

So if you are having trouble finishing LSAT Reading Comp passages in a timely manner, you know what you have to do—read more!

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5 Dos and Don’ts with Two-and-a-Half Weeks Until the LSAT

There are two-and-a-half weeks left until the June LSAT, but who’s counting? No doubt your emotions are starting to run high—be they excitement, anxiety, guilt, optimism, or some good old-fashioned paranoia. You’re probably going back and forth between daydreams of scoring a personal best LSAT score and nightmares of forgetting how to write your own name on a Scantron. The following advice will hopefully allow you to increase your LSAT score by a couple of precious points or, at the very least, avoid an infamous LSAT test day meltdown.

DOs:

• There’s still time to achieve some solid LSAT studying. Iron out any wrinkles you may have — whether they’re LSAT logic games, Logical Reasoning flaw questions, or LSAT reading comp passages.

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What Would They Score on the LSAT: NBA Playoffs Round II

The first round of this year’s NBA playoffs are in the books (finally), and the second round is underway. The defending champion Dallas Mavericks were eliminated in four games by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Chicago Bulls saw their season go down the pipes when star point guard Derrick Rose suffered a devastating knee injury. Now only eight teams remain.

I’ve already discussed the LSAT scores of Rose and other big names of round one, but what about round two?

Let’s check into the game:

TIM DUNCAN, San Antonio Spurs — 177

Oh, the Spurs.

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Passover and the LSAT: Stop Whining. Start Wining

For those of you who are fellow members of the tribe, the beginning of Passover draws nigh. If you’re a gentile, just go with this for about 300 words. Passover is a Jewish holiday meant to commemorate the Exodus, wherein God forced the Pharaoh of Egypt to free the Children of Israel from slavery through the use of plagues (locusts, frogs and the like).

Perhaps the most well-known part of Passover is the seder. What, you ask, does any of this have to do with the LSAT or LSAT prep? The seder, much like the LSAT, is a highly ritualistic and regimented endeavor. Everything must be done in the proper order and certain items are prohibited. After all, you can’t answer questions before you’ve filled out your Scantron sheet, and you can’t have your fourth cup of wine before the recital of the Hallel. You can’t bring a lunchbox into the LSAT and you can’t have leavened bread at a seder.

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Another Young Entrepreneur Inspired by the LSAT

For those of you who keep up on New York City’s entrepreneurial scene, you’ve probably heard of Sharma Kapur and her startup FoodToEat. The idea came to the 25-year-old Kapur when she got tired of standing in lines at food trucks. Why the frustration? Well, she was upset that she could have been using that time to study for the LSAT. Even though she did take the LSAT, she ended up giving up on law school to instead started a new online food delivery and pickup service. It’s basically like Seamless or GrubHub but with lower fees for the restaurants. Sounds pretty good. Will she be the next Sara Blakely, the law school hopeful who veered off to become a billionaire businesswoman? Only time will tell.

She only has 1,500 registered users as of now, but maybe she could get more if she went back to her roots – LSAT studiers.

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LSAT Reading Comp Book Club V: Wrap-Up

Dan McCarthy is a veteran Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor. This is his final post in a series on improving one’s reading skills for the LSAT reading comprehension section.

We have finally reached the end of the first edition of the LSAT Reading Comp Book Club. My motivation in writing these posts has been to provide an answer to one of the most common questions my students ask me: What can I read to get additional practice for LSAT reading comprehension? If you’ve been reading these posts faithfully, you now have three solid starting points.

If you haven’t been reading them faithfully (tisk tisk), here’s your chance to catch up:

LSAT Reading Comp Book Club I: The Introduction