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How I Got My 180 LSAT Score: Kevin’s June LSAT Story

Today’s guest post on the LSAT blog is from Kevin, a student in Blueprint LSAT Prep’s online course who earned a 180 LSAT score on the June LSAT. This is how he did it.

My junior year at UC Irvine, I was forced to confront the LSAT, which I dreaded. I had always felt that I could do well in school if I put in the effort, but that the LSAT tested some sort of natural intelligence that couldn’t really be improved, regardless of effort. That’s why I was devastated when my first practice test score came out to be 152. I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Rising to the challenge, I gave up partying with my fraternity — turning down illustrious parties like Booze Cruise and Blackout — to focus on studying. Every day, I would sit myself in the library for 4-5 hours to watch Blueprint’s video lessons and do the corresponding homework. After slaving away for an entire quarter, I finally got to Practice Test 2.

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Real LSATs Have Curves: A Look at the 2013 December LSAT

December LSAT scores were released yesterday (for most), and a lot of discussion has centered around the test’s forgiving LSAT curve. According to the 2013 December LSAT score conversion chart, you could miss 14 questions and nonetheless get a 170, or 3 questions for a perfect 180. LSAT scoring scales are pre-equated; in other words, your LSAT score is independent of the performance of the other people who took the LSAT that day. So a forgiving LSAT curve means that this LSAT had relatively hard questions.

And so I sat down early this morning to take the 2013 December LSAT and to try to figure out why the LSAT curve was so forgiving. Question difficulty can be hard to subjectively determine, and can vary a bit from person to person. I fully expected to have to dig deeply to figure out what made this particular test so hard for the average test taker.

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2013 December LSAT Instant Recap

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

The December LSAT is over.

If you’re here, that means you’re ready to dive right in and discuss the 2013 December LSAT. I’m right with you, but remember: LSAC prohibits talking about LSATs in great detail. We can discuss which sections were toughest, and which were easiest, but we can’t talk about the content of specific questions — especially anything to do with which sections were experimental. If your comment is not approved by the LSAT blog moderator, that means you violated LSAC’s policy in some way.

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Why LSAT Test-Takers Should Be Inspired By the 9-0 Chiefs

At 9-0, my Kansas City Chiefs are the only team in the NFL this season that is still undefeated. And I fully expect them to escape this weekend without another loss (it is their bye week, after all).

As a Chiefs fan, I can assure you that nobody in the world predicted this team would go 9-0 and get off to their best start in 10 years. Despite fielding more Pro Bowlers than any other team in the league last season, Kansas City won two games and ended up with the first pick in the NFL Draft — which they spent on an offensive lineman. Then, owner Clark Hunt cleaned house and hired a new coaching staff and general manager, not to mention signed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. The changes were immediate, but everyone figured the Chiefs would need a few seasons to get on the same page.

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What the NBA Finals Have Taught Us About LSAT Prep

Tonight, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will go at it in game seven of the NBA finals. The entire season has come down to this. Should the Heat win, South Beach will go crazy, but I think the basketball result will be more of an excuse for the celebration than its underlying cause. And if the Spurs emerge victorious, will revelers, uh, throng the River Walk?

LSAT studiers who are basketball fans have it easy: the June LSAT is over and done with, and the October LSAT is still far away. You can watch the NBA finals without any tinge of guilt.

Although the LSAC will never ask you to shoot free throws (probably), there are lessons you can take from this year’s NBA finals if you’re studying for the LSAT. Here are some parallels:

It takes a strong rotation throughout to succeed.

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The Morning Cometh: Reaction to the 2013 June LSAT

Last year’s June LSAT saw the surprise introduction of two-page Logic Games. In retrospect, that’s a tough act to follow. It’s been a day since this year’s June LSAT, and this time there were no such surprises. Everything went pretty much according to expectation.

I’ve heard from a number of students who took the June LSAT (as well as checked out yesterday’s 2013 June LSAT Instant Recap) and no one I’ve talked to was too surprised by anything on the test. With a few small exceptions, the consensus seems that it was a typical LSAT.

The Logical Reasoning sections from yesterday’s June LSAT seem to have been fairly unremarkable in difficulty. There were easy questions, medium questions and hard questions, as there always are. Some rare question types made appearances: crux questions continue their recent streak, and if you though agree questions were dead, they were only just hibernating.

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Tricky LSAT Phrases to Keep an Eye Out For

The skills that the LSAT tests are complicated and difficult to learn. Whether it’s diagramming conditional statements, assembling the setup to a game, or knowing what to pay attention to in reading comp, this stuff ain’t easy. But what can make things even harder is when the LSAT buries these already-confusing concepts in perplexing linguistic phrasings.

Luckily, we’re here to help.

When you read something on the LSAT that you don’t understand, the worst thing you can possibly do is just move on, hoping the exam won’t ask about it; it will. Often times, understanding a confusing phrase just involves rereading it a few times and rolling it around in your head. But there are a few phrases that the LSAT uses again and again that students regularly get tripped up on. I’ve compiled a few for you here:

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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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Matt Riley’s October 2012 LSAT Predictions

It’s that time of year again. The LSAT countdown is on. 72 hours. 71 hours. 70 hours. 69 hours…

There are thousands of students around the country who are filled with anxiety about this Saturday’s LSAT. And, as always, there are thousands of students who would love to know what is going to appear on it.

That’s where I come in.

Over the last few years, I have made various predictions about upcoming LSAT administrations. Some rather obvious, some utterly ridiculous, some right on the nose.

With the October LSAT three days away, here we go again.

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Recent LSAC Trends to Watch For On the October LSAT

The October LSAT is little more than a week away, so it’s a good time to look at some trends on recent LSATs. Keep in mind that we at Blueprint LSAT Prep don’t have ESP, nor do we have spies at LSAC, and therefore we can’t know which trends will continue on October’s LSAT and which ones won’t. Take everything below with a grain of salt.

First, the big one: In case you haven’t heard, LSAT test takers this June were surprised to find that each LSAT logic game was spread over two pages rather than one. This leaves much more room to write out scratch work. LSAC has confirmed that this will continue. If you haven’t done so yet, take a look at this June’s LSAT so you can see how the new format looks.