LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

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How to Draw Logical Conclusions for LSAT Questions

For the logical reasoning questions that test your ability to draw logical conclusions (or hypotheses), the LSAT gives you a series of premises (the evidence), and you choose an answer that best concludes [more…]

How to Make Inferences for the LSAT

Logical reasoning inference questions on the LSAT ask you to make an inference from a series of statements. These questions may contain the word infer, [more…]

How to Make Argument Assumptions for the LSAT

Making an argument without assuming at least one or two points is nearly impossible. If you back up everything you say, it can take forever, and sometimes you have to assume something just for the sake [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Knowing the Role Played by a Claim

The LSAT will ask you questions about claims made in arguments. If you make a statement in an argument, you have a reason for doing it. You may want to provide an example to illustrate your point, you [more…]

How to Find Flaws in Arguments for the LSAT

Not every argument is convincing. In fact, many arguments have something wrong with them. The LSAT-makers place the flaws there to test your ability to spot them. As a lawyer, you have to spot your opponents’ [more…]

How to Answer LSAT Questions that Feature Cause-and-Effect Arguments

LSAT questions that ask you to evaluate arguments often feature cause-and-effect reasoning. If the argument uses cause and effect to make its point, focus on the causes. Almost always, the right answer [more…]

How to Answer LSAT Questions that Feature Analogy Arguments

Remember that analogy arguments on the LSAT rely on the similarity of the two persons, things, or ideas being compared. Therefore, if the author uses an analogy to reach a conclusion, answer choices that [more…]

How to Answer LSAT Questions that Feature Statistical Arguments

If you see statistics used to promote an argument on the LSAT, look for an answer that shows whether the statistics actually relate to the conclusion’s topic. If they do, you’ll strengthen the conclusion [more…]

How to Answer Argument Strengthening Questions on the LSAT

Sometimes lawyers want to bolster their arguments, and the LSAT may test your ability to do so. They look for evidence, court decisions, and laws that support the claims they’re making. Spotting evidence [more…]

How to Answer Argument Weakening Questions on the LSAT

Almost as important as strengthening your own arguments is tearing down your opponent’s. The LSAT will test your ability to attack your opponent’s argument. Lawyers spend at least as much time attacking [more…]

How to Answer Except Argument Questions on the LSAT

Many strengthen/weaken questions on the LSAT don’t ask for the choice that best strengthens (or weakens, or supports, or undermines) the argument but instead for the one choice that [more…]

How to Reconcile Discrepancies and Paradoxes on the LSAT

Sometimes a set of facts just doesn’t seem to hold together, in real life, and on the LSAT. One of the pieces seems to, if not quite contradict another, at least create a questionable relationship. That [more…]

How to Answer Pattern-of-Reasoning Questions on the LSAT

The LSAT exists partly to test your ability to understand how arguments work. A well-structured argument is a beautiful thing. A reader can follow the steps of the reasoning from start to finish with no [more…]

How to Answer Argument Principles Questions on the LSAT

The LSAT will expect you to understand arguments based on principles. Lawyers often base their arguments on particular principles or propositions. These propositions sound like statements of truths, especially [more…]

How to Answer Structure-of-Argument Questions on the LSAT

The LSAT expects you to understand the basics of a good argument. Individuals who argue use a variety of tactics to make their points and disarm their opponents. They may deny something the other person [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Reading Comprehension Strategy

You should use much more of your precious time analyzing reading comprehension questions on the LSAT than reading the passages. The plan is to read just as much of the passage as you need to figure out [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Writing Sample Tips

The writing sample on the LSAT is a 35-minute exercise in written advocacy. The test gives you a situation in which someone has to choose between two alternatives, each of which has advantages and disadvantages [more…]

The Types of Reading Passages You’ll Find on the LSAT

The approximately 27 questions in the LSAT reading comprehension section break down into four sets to accompany three single passages and a pair of comparative passages. You can count on passage length [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: How to Formulate An Argument for Either Side of the Writing Prompt

As you learn when you study law, there’s always another side to the story. You can write equally cogent arguments on the LSAT for either position presented by the writing sample prompt. You will see two [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Writing Prompt Example

This is a writing topic that could appear on the LSAT. This topic deals with whether the state should fund a large sporting retailer to come to the area. Read the prompt and pick your side. [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Analytical Reasoning Sample

Analytical Reasoning is a large part of what you will encounter on the LSAT. Take a look at this sample section for a brief example of the types of questions you might see on test day. [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Tips for Pacing Yourself through the Reading Questions

You have a little over a minute to answer each reading question on the LSAT, and that includes the time you spend reading the passage. Generally, you shouldn’t spend more than about two minutes on a passage [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Analytical Reasoning Reading Sample

Test takers spend lots of time preparing for the analytical reasoning section of the LSAT. The following example is a reading section followed by the type of questions you can expect on test day. [more…]

LSAT Test Prep: Logical Reasoning Sample Questions

The logical reasoning section of the LSAT requires lengthy preparation. You will be presented with passages to read and then asked to choose the best result. Try the following questions for some practice [more…]

LSAT Logical Reasoning Sample Questions

Before taking the LSAT, it is recommended that you do as many sample and practice items as possible. Try these logical reasoning sample questions to see the types of questions you will encounter. [more…]

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