LSAT For Dummies

Published: 02-24-2014

A detailed study guide that guarantees a high LSAT score

If you thought you left standardized tests back in high school, think again. LSAT For Dummies, 2rd Edition is an all-inclusive study guide arming you with tips and know-how for your next career move. This updated edition includes three full-length practice tests, a review of foundational concepts for every section, thorough explanations, and additional practice problems for all question types. Whether you're taking the LSAT for the first time or the third time, this book will provide the guidance and skill set you need to obtain a score that reflects your abilities. Instead of facing the process alone, turn to the trusted For Dummies brand for proven test-taking strategies and ample practice opportunities.

• Ideal for those who want to break into this increasingly competitive field, in which a high score on the LSAT lends prospective lawyers an undeniable advantage
• Examines every topic and common pitfalls covered in the test, which consists of five 35-minutes sections of multiple-choice questions and a 35-minute writing sample

For aspiring law school students, LSAT For Dummies is the most advantageous guide to increasing your score on a test that can make or break your legal aspirations.

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Tips for the Reading Comprehension Section of the LSAT

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Tips for the on Analytical Reasoning Section of the LSAT

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Helpful Vocabulary for the LSAT Logical Reasoning Questions

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A key to successfully answering logical reasoning questions is to understand how the LSAT uses certain words. The LSAT logical reasoning section applies these terms in a near-mathematical sense. Finding the correct answers to certain questions depends on the way the test-makers use these terms. Quantity terminology Make sure you’re familiar with terms that indicate quantities: None: This one is easy. None means none, absolutely none, not even one. One: One means one. Enough said. Some: Some is at least one but less than all. If you encounter a question that uses both some and most, assume that they may mean the same thing. Many: The definition of many is even less clear than the one for some. It's safest to treat it the way you would some. Most: Most means more than half. All: All refers to every group member. Every: Every means every member of a group, just like all. The main thing to remember with quantity terms is this: They’re usually used relative to one another. So a question that mixes the terms some, most, and all may expect you to compare the three. All is clear; it encompasses everything. Most is often less than all but more than some. Additionally, a characteristic that’s true of some, many, or most members of a group could be true of every member of a group. For example, it’s true that all the faces on Mt. Rushmore are of men, but it’s equally safe to say that some of the faces are of men. Consider a relative qualifier such as some, many, or most to provide you with a foundation for evaluation but not an absolute. Reasoning verbs The verbs included in a question provide clues to the correct answer. Make sure you understand exactly what these reasoning actions require: Assume: To take for granted that something is true, without proof; the noun form is assumption. Conclude: To reason one’s way to a judgment or decision; the noun form is conclusion. Deduce: To draw a logical conclusion by reasoning from available facts; the noun form is deduction. Discrepancy: A difference, incompatibility, or lack of agreement between two or more statements. Explain: To describe an idea and its facts in such a way as to make it clear; to provide reasons or justifications for some phenomenon; the noun form is explanation. Imply: To suggest a conclusion without stating it directly; a conclusion that can be drawn from something not directly stated can be called an implication. Infer: To use evidence and reasoning to reach a conclusion that isn’t directly stated; the noun form is inference. Presume: To assume; to suppose that something is true based on available evidence, but not necessarily direct proof; the noun form is presumption. Lawyers and judges often talk about presumptions, which are basically the same thing as assumptions but sound fancier. Reconcile: To make two things consistent with each other; to restore harmony; the noun form is reconciliation. Support: To furnish evidence or reasons that make a conclusion seem more likely.

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An Alternative Approach to the LSAT's Reading Questions

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10 Habits of Highly Successful LSAT-Takers

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Applying Proper Grammar and Usage to Your LSAT Essay

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Maxing Your Success on LSAT Logic Game Maximum/Minimum Questions

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Planning Your LSAT Practice Test-Taking Tactics

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Tips for the Writing Sample Section of the LSAT

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