Tag Archive: lsat reading comprehension

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Changing Seasons: December LSAT Prep is Underway

The October LSAT has just barely come and gone. Today is the deadline to cancel your LSAT score, and those who choose to keep their October LSAT scores won’t see them released for another few weeks.

But don’t let that hide that the December LSAT is fast approaching; if you’re not too happy with how the October LSAT went, or if you decided at the last minute not to take the October LSAT, you get a chance for a do-over in less than two months.

That’s right: two months.

There’s little time to dawdle if you’re thinking of taking the December LSAT. If you took the October LSAT, give yourself a little break. Take a week to get the LSAT off your mind.

Then, get back to studying.

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Matt Shinners’s 2013 October LSAT Predictions

October. The month of terrifying things. Ghosts. Zombies. Sparkly vampires. And the LSAT.

Whereas we know what to expect from those monsters, the LSAT is an unknown quantity, and thus most terrifying of all. Luckily, I’m here with my Ouija board and a bottle of Scotch to look into the future and see what awaits you all this weekend on the October LSAT.

2013 October LSAT Prediction I: Logic Games

The June LSAT Logic Games were fairly straightforward, except for one killer game. Even our mystery instructor who sat for the June LSAT was momentarily tripped up by it.

So what to expect after an average section with a hard game? A slightly harder than average section without any particularly hard game!

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How to Handle the Weekend Before the October LSAT

For those keeping score at home, there is almost exactly a week before the October LSAT. That means that, for October LSAT test-takers, this is your last weekend of studying.

So what’s that mean?

This weekend is an excellent chance to take a practice LSAT that replicates LSAT test day conditions as closely as possible. Get a good night’s sleep. Wake up at the time you’ll have to wake up for the real deal. Eat a hearty breakfast (or whatever breakfast you plan on eating next weekend – but something more substantial than coffee and cigarettes is recommended). If you can get into your October LSAT testing center and take a practice LSAT there, so much the better; if not, go to the library or some other spot that isn’t in your house or apartment, and take a practice LSAT there.

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October LSAT Prep Should Be Shifting Into High Gear

The October LSAT is coming up in 19 days. It’s time to talk about speed: you should have covered more or less everything the LSAT might throw at you by now, so now it’s your job to figure out how to do it faster.

One of the first keys to picking up the pace is knowing what you’re doing. If you’re still hazy on identifying LSAT Logical Reasoning questions, or on how to approach some of them, now’s the time to work that out. If you’re not sure how to symbolize some common rules on LSAT Logic Games, get that squared away STAT. Being unsure how to approach things wastes a lot of time. And being confident in what to do, step by step, makes things go by much faster.

Time yourself as you practice, and pick up the pace gradually. Try to work more efficiently, not just faster.

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In or Out?: October LSAT Early Withdraw Deadline Tomorrow

Tomorrow is your last chance to get a partial refund for your October LSAT registration. If you haven’t done any LSAT prep yet, then you should probably withdraw your registration or change your LSAT test date.

If you have been studying for the past month, then you might not like your current practice LSAT score, but at this point few people do. You’ll see your best practice LSAT score sometime in the last week before the October LSAT. So, don’t rush to withdraw your LSAT registration just because you’re not hitting your ideal score yet.

It’s very common to feel overwhelmed and insecure at this point in your LSAT prep. The LSAT is tough, and there are a lot of concepts to learn. But right now you deserve to be happy with yourself if you’ve been studying hard.

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Read All About It: 4 Common Mistakes in LSAT Reading Comp

While today would already be a great day just by virtue of being a Monday, this particular Monday is extra-special because it’s the day after International Literacy Day! The timing is uncanny, given that LSAT Reading Comprehension may have reduced some of you to suspecting that you might be illiterate after all.

By this point, you probably know the really big stuff: figuring out how many viewpoints are expressed in a passage and whether the author is present, knowing that an example in the passage will most often lead to question about that example, and so forth. But you’re still getting things wrong, and if I asked you why, you’d mumble something about how you read too slowly or some other nonsense. So sit down, and let Auntie Laura tell you what mistakes you’re making in LSAT Reading Comprehension and how you can fix them.

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Take a Small Break From LSAT Prep Over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is here and all of you deserve to take a day off and go nuts on the potato salad and hotdogs. Taking a short break from your October LSAT prep can help your LSAT score. So by all means, take a day this weekend to unwind.

Of course, you can’t afford to take the whole weekend off. You want to save your days of rest for the two weeks before the LAST. In those two weeks the most important thing is to be relaxed, well rested, and confident. But right now, you can afford to be tough on yourself.

At a minimum you should have your LSAT Logical Reasoning flaws memorized. Your success on Logical Reasoning questions depends on identifying flawed reasoning, and avoiding it yourself.

If you can follow a recipe, you can do well on the LSAT Logic Games section.

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Which NFL Players Would You Pick in an LSAT Fantasy Draft?

Today marks the last week of preseason games in the National Football League. This means National Football League season ticket holders are going through the annual ritual of trying to get rid of the National Football League preseason tickets they’re obligated to buy.

It also means that many National Football League fans are preparing to draft players for their National Football League fantasy teams. The question is, what if you were to draft some of these muscle-heads for an LSAT fantasy team? Let’s explore that idea.

(Since I don’t actually work for the sports media, I’m exempt from the requirement to say the full words “National Football League” as much as possible. I’ll stop now.)

Maybe my hometown bias is showing through, but I’ll start with San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league. Why? For his versatility.

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Level Up Your LSAT Diagramming Skills With This Fun Quiz

Knowing how to diagram conditional claims is essential for every scored section of the LSAT. In LSAT Logical Reasoning, you have to diagram conditional claims very often with Must Be True, Must Be False, Could Be True, Sufficient, Necessary, Flaw, Parallel, and Parallel Flaw question types. In LSAT Logic Games, you’ll make some very nasty mistakes by incorrectly diagraming conditional rules. Finally, in LSAT Reading Comprehension, main points can be conditional, and many other question types will also depend on your ability to diagram.

All diagramable questions have very tempting sucker choices. This is because diagraming mistakes are easy to predict. So, an incorrect anticipation will probably show up in your answer choices. This makes diagramable questions pretty difficult.

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What to Do if You’re Itching to Start October LSAT Prep

Now that we’re well into July, there are only a couple weeks until most of Blueprint’s live summer LSAT Prep classes start. As we told you yesterday, there are a couple October LSAT administrative items that you should take care of as soon as possible.

However, there are probably some eager beavers out there who also want to start studying for the October LSAT this very minute. To you I say: 1) you’re crazy, and 2) I’m here to help.

First of all, you may be tempted to buy some LSAT prep materials from other companies to get a head start on studying. I strongly discourage doing so — not because there is anything wrong with other companies’ materials, but because the Blueprint LSAT Prep method is unique to Blueprint LSAT Prep, and you don’t want to pick up any bad habits or confuse yourself before the class starts.