Laura Santoski

Laura is a former Blueprint LSAT Prep student who we could never quite get rid of. After scoring a 178 on the October 2011 LSAT, she taught and tutored Blueprint's students in Boston for three years (while developing a healthy appreciation for Dunks and lobster rolls). She now writes financial reports by day and LSAT blog posts by night.

Laura's favorite section of the LSAT is Logical Reasoning because each question is like a mini-puzzle (if you're taking a very charitable view). When writing for the blog, though, she particularly enjoys demystifying the Reading Comprehension section -- contrary to popular belief, it is learnable and there is a strategic way to approach it! Laura's favorite part of teaching and tutoring has been meeting a broad range of really cool people. (Plus she got some funny-embarrassing stories out of teaching all those classes, so that's a perk too.)

When she's not reading MSS, Laura browses a strange assortment of blogs, including Ask a Manager and Captain Awkward (whose matter-of-fact and direct style she hopes to attain). She also has the New York Times as her browser's homepage, and sometimes even reads the articles she sees on it.

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Three Tips for Diagramming Conditional Statements

Conditional statements are one of the most powerful tools in your LSAT tool belt. They allow you to properly understand the logical implications of complex statements and to determine what other conclusions can be properly drawn.

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What Is a “Nonpublished” Test Center?

Choosing a test center is a source of much stress for those signing up for the LSAT – you want a center with big desks that’s easy to get to, in a relatively quiet location, and so on. (And hey, did you know that we have a list of test center reviews to make your decision easier?) But for some people, finding a test center is stressful for a different — and more expensive — reason: They simply don’t live within 100 miles of the nearest center.

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Predictions for the November 2018 LSAT

The November LSAT fast approaches, and the time has come for us to brush off our crystal ball and peer into its murky depths in order to bring you some predictions about what you’ll see on the November 2018 LSAT.

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Flawctober: The Absence of Evidence Fallacy

“Professor Jones believes the ark is located in Egypt. However, the sources he trusted were recently shown to be lying, so the ark must be somewhere other than Egypt.”

“I saw a ghost in my house last night. My friend Shaggy told me that no one has ever proven the existence of ghosts, so what I saw must have been my friend wearing a sheet.”

That’s right, today we’re discussing the spookiest of fallacies – the absence of evidence fallacy.

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The Top 3 Reasons to Take the January LSAT

I know it’s only October, but here at Blueprint LSAT Prep, we have decided to blow through Halloween — forget Thanksgiving – and don’t even think about Christmas/Hannukah/the winter solstice/your holiday of choice. That’s right, it’s time to talk about January. Why January? Well, because when it comes to LSAT prep, it behooves you to think ahead, and it just so happens that there are several reasons taking the January test could be a good idea for you.

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Flawctober: The Perception vs. Reality Fallacy

“Gwyneth Paltrow says that the best way to cure a cold is to drink a big mug of peppermint tea mixed with apple cider vinegar, so anyone beginning to feel cold symptoms should imbibe this mixture as a surefire way of making themselves feel better.”

“A newspaper conducted a survey of 100 football fans, 75% of whom said that football-related brain damage is not a serious concern for professional football players. One can thus conclude that NFL players have nothing to worry about when it comes to whether their sport of choice is harming their brains.”

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Taking the LSAT in 2019? You May as Well Take the July Exam

As we noted last week, LSAC has finally revealed details about the testing schedule for next year, including the logistics for how the transition to an electronic test will work. If you’re considering taking the test next year, this is a good time to hammer out exactly what timeline you intend for your test.

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A Look at the September 2018 LSAT: Logic Games

Today we’re continuing our look at the September 2018 LSAT by delving into the Logic Games section. There have been a few recent test administrations with some off-the-wall game types (like a vanishingly-rare circular game on the July administration of the test). Did LSAC continue the trend of unusual game types with this most recent test, or did they bring it back to basics? Read on to find out!