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Tips for the Logical Reasoning Section of the LSAT

Part of the LSAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Logical reasoning questions come in a variety of types. Each requires a slightly different approach. Review these tips to keep focus throughout the two LSAT logical reasoning sections.

  • Read the question first so you know what kind of question you have to answer before you read the short passage.

  • For strengthen or weaken questions, determine what type of reasoning the argument uses and choose an answer that either helps or hurts that way of reasoning.

  • For questions that ask you to draw conclusions, choose an answer that contains an element of all the author’s premises.

  • The correct answer to an inference question usually concerns just one or two of the pieces of information.

  • Assumption questions ask you to choose an answer that states a premise the author assumes to be true but doesn’t state directly. The right answer often links the last premise to the conclusion.

  • For method of reasoning questions, break down the argument into its basic components. Use letters such as A, B, and C to represent those components.

  • For questions that ask you to resolve a discrepancy or explain a paradox, find the answer that makes the two apparently contradictory statements both possible.

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