Tag Archive: review

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How to Review LSAT Questions

In my non-LSAT life, I’m a musician. And for a musician, hearing a recording of yourself can be an edifying but horrifying experience. You might ask, “I really sound like that?”

But here’s the thing. You can clamp your nose shut with a clothespin whenever you go to the bathroom, but that don’t mean your **** don’t stink. If you’re going to improve your skills, you need to know which skills need improvement.

That’s the importance of review as an LSAT student. If you do the homework, get most of them right, pat yourself on the back and move on, you won’t improve much. There’s a lot to be learned from the ones you missed, even if it may be scary to confront those questions.

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The LSAT Academy Awards

The Oscars were last night, and now everyone can spend their Monday debating whether the Academy got it right. We’ll stay away from that, though it does seem that playing someone with a debilitating illness is a great way to improve your chances of winning. Rather, our agenda is to honor films (Oscar-caliber or not) for their significance to the LSAT. Instead of a red carpet, imagine a carpet made of scantrons.

Worst LSAT Prep Advice
This award goes to Whiplash. If you’re striving for excellence on the LSAT, it can help to have good instruction. It’s great if your instructor demands that you put in your best effort. But if your instructor ever throws a chair at your head, it’s probably time to reconsider the relationship. Logical fallacies don’t warrant violence.

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The Year in Prelaw News

We all know that the biggest news of 2014 was the return of French Toast Crunch. That announcement is exciting, to be sure, but don’t forget that 2014 brought some highlights in the world of law school applications as well. The year provided data galore – Employment data! Bar passage data! LSAT data! And, of course, it provided some pretty great memes too.

To refresh your memory, here’s a list of the biggest law school-related news of 2014:

The narrative to which we’ve become accustomed is that numbers in general are down, and 2014 was no exception to that rule. The number of law school applications dropped 8 percent from last year, totaling a decline of 37 percent since 2010.

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5 Things to Do Before the December LSAT

It’s almost show time. You’re in the December LSAT’s green room. It may be a less exciting place than a real green room, but regardless, you’ve got to be ready to perform. Here’s what you should do this week. (Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for a post about what you shouldn’t do this week. We got you covered.)

Do a targeted review of the areas you still have trouble with.
The LSAT is a test of skills. You can’t cram for it. But you can and should brush up on your weaker areas a little, and do some targeted practice. This is especially true if you find that your accuracy has slipped in a particular area. Try to get it back. Review with an eye towards refining your approach to the questions, and try to solidify your understanding of exactly why the answers are right or wrong.

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September LSAT Recap: Final Thoughts

As of now, all that’s left from the September LSAT is to wait for the scores. The test has been administered, and the deadline to cancel your score has come and gone.

Let’s then go through one last recap of the September LSAT before scores come out, and also discuss what the September LSAT means for those studying for December.

From the impressions I’ve been able to gather, the September LSAT seems to have been fairly unremarkable. There were hard questions, of course, but nothing that had everyone screaming on the way out of the test center, like, say, the fourth Logic Game on the June LSAT.

Over in Logic Games land, there seems to be a rough consensus that the hardest games weren’t all that horribly bad, and that none of the games were terribly unusual.

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2014 September LSAT: The Morning Cometh

The September LSAT is over! Let’s take a moment to celebrate on behalf of everyone who conquered the LSAT beast.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to take a closer look at the test. Those of us who didn’t tangle with the LSAT yesterday have been scouring the interwebs for the hot gossip on the test. While test-takers are forbidden by LSAC from discussing specifics, generalities are A-OK, so we can get a sense of the general consensus.

Just as in June, most of the buzz about this test seems to be focusing on the Logic Games section. Based on what we’ve heard, the games weren’t extraordinarily difficult, but they were more time-consuming than usual. There wasn’t necessarily a super-quick and relatively easy game, as there often is, which led in some cases to difficulty with finishing the section.

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4 Keys to Review Before the September LSAT

It’s the last week before the LSAT. Now isn’t the time to try to cram in all kinds of complicated concepts. Your task is to apply the skills you have as well as you can. I’ve seen a lot of students stray from basics with the pressure of LSAT test day fast approaching. Here are some key concepts to review as you try to get those last few points in the bag.

Logical Reasoning

Conditional Logic and Diagramming:
If. Only if. Unless. Whenever. No. The only. Without. If you had anything less than an immediate, automatic response to any of those words, it’s time for you to review conditional logic. You can count on it figuring into a sizeable chunk of Logical Reasoning questions. When you see conditional logic, it’s an enormous advantage to know your indicator words.