By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch, Amy Hackney Blackwell

Don’t let the analytical reasoning questions on the LSAT make you crazy. With some practice, these questions will seem second nature. Give this LSAT sample a try to see if you need more test prep before test day.

Analytical reasoning sample questions

Seven famous chefs — Andrea, Berthe, Emilio, Jacques, Kimiko, Marthe, and Nigel — have volunteered their services for a presidential dinner. It consists of five courses, served in the following order: hors d’oeuvres, consommé, entrée, salade, and dessert. The dinner begins at 7 and ends at 10.

One or two courses are served each hour, at 7, 8, and 9. The chefs refuse to work with one another, so each course is prepared by exactly one chef. No chef can prepare more than one course per hour. The following chefs have offered to prepare the following courses:

Hors d’oeuvres: Berthe and Marthe

Consommé: Andrea and Kimiko

Entrée: Andrea and Nigel

Salade: Berthe, Emilio, and Jacques

Dessert: Emilio, Kimiko, and Marthe

  1. What is the minimum number of chefs who could prepare the entire meal?

    • (A) two

    • (B) three

    • (C) four

    • (D) five

    • (E) six

  2. If the salade is served at 9, which one of the following could be a complete list of chefs who prepare a course served at 8?

    • (A) Andrea and Kimiko

    • (B) Berthe

    • (C) Emilio and Nigel

    • (D) Kimiko

    • (E) Marthe

  3. Which one of the following CANNOT be a complete and accurate list of the chefs who prepare the meal?

    • (A) Andrea, Berthe, Jacques, and Kimiko

    • (B) Andrea, Berthe, Kimiko, and Marthe

    • (C) Andrea, Emilio, Marthe, and Nigel

    • (D) Andrea, Jacques, Kimiko, and Marthe

    • (E) Berthe, Emilio, Jacques, and Marthe

  4. Which one of the following pairs of chefs could each prepare two courses served during the same two time slots?

    • (A) Andrea and Berthe

    • (B) Andrea and Kimiko

    • (C) Andrea and Marthe

    • (D) Berthe and Emilio

    • (E) Kimiko and Nigel

  5. Which one of the following pairs of chefs could each prepare a course served at 7 and a course served at 9?

    • (A) Andrea and Kimiko

    • (B) Andrea and Marthe

    • (C) Berthe and Kimiko

    • (D) Berthe and Marthe

    • (E) Emilio and Marthe

  6. Which one of the following could be a complete and accurate list of the chefs who prepare the meal?

    • (A) Andrea, Berthe, Emilio, and Nigel

    • (B) Andrea, Emilio, Jacques, Kimiko, and Nigel

    • (C) Berthe, Emilio, Kimiko, and Marthe

    • (D) Berthe, Emilio, Marthe, and Nigel

    • (E) Emilio, Jacques, Kimiko, and Marthe

Answers

  1. B. three

  2. A. Andrea and Kimiko

  3. E. Berthe, Emilio, Jacques, and Marthe

  4. A. Andrea and Berthe

  5. C. Berthe and Kimiko

  6. A. Andrea, Berthe, Emilio, and Nigel