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LSAT Consistency and the Illusion of Change

Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I tell people all the time that one of the greatest things about the LSAT is that it’s remarkably consistent! That is, for the test to be considered a legitimate measuring device where people taking different LSATs can still be compared to one another in a meaningful way, the measuring device itself (the LSAT) absolutely CANNOT change! That, in a way, is the very definition of a "standardized" test. I mean, what good is a ruler if yours has 13 inches to a foot, and mine has only 12?

And while that may seem like a pretty obvious statement, think about why it's of tremendous benefit to you, the test taker. 

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Prep, LSAT Logical Reasoning

LSAT Score Plateau? Focus on Process

Posted by on November 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A few weeks before the LSAT, many people find themselves on a plateau. They just can't seem to improve their scores. People find themselves on plateaus for many different reasons. One of those causes is lack of organization. Over time, when you've done quite a bit of studying for the test, you can start to get lazy with your process. If you're stuck on a plateau, one of the best things you can do is impose organization on your process, which can reduce your time per question and increase your accuracy.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, Test Mentality, prephrasing

LSAT Reading Comprehension: Multiple Subjects, Varied Viewpoints

Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading an LSAT Reading Comprehension section, you may have noticed that the passages are not necessarily intended to delight and amuse. Even if you are an avid reader, they can be very challenging, because the passages are not written or chosen for clarity. Unlike newspapers and magazines, whose writers do their best to be clear and direct, the makers of the LSAT aren’t trying to sell you their passages— because you will be a part of their captive audience either way. 

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Topics: LSAT

Why Does the February LSAT Even Exist?

Posted by on November 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

If you ever wonder what philosophical questions keep your LSAT instructors awake at night, this one is high up on their list. Why do we even have a February LSAT? There seems to be no point to it. Many consider it the least favorable test administration, a “last resort” for many students applying for admission in the fall of the same year. Clearly, there are a lot of downsides to taking the test in February, which is why you should absolutely, positively try to get ready for December (you have roughly 4 weeks left, so... chop chop!). The downsides to taking the test in February include, but are not limited to:

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Topics: LSAT Prep

One Month Until the LSAT: What You Need to Know

Posted by on November 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Today marks exactly 30 days until the next official LSAT administration on December 6th, 2014. That's right, you're into your final month! 

Don't panic! I'm not here to freak you out. In fact, I'm here to help. 

Below you'll find a list of resources, links, and general suggestions, all designed to help you make the most of your final month, and finish--or, dare I say it, even start--strong! 

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Practice Tests

LSAT Lessons from Native American Trail Trees

Posted by on November 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A few weeks ago my family visited the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. While zip-lining through a forest, we noticed a tree that was bent at an unusual, 90 degree angle. Our guide told us that it was a "bench tree," and that its trunk's right angle resulted from intentional shaping by members of the Cherokee Nation a very long time ago. The Cherokee would shape these trees by the sustained application of focused pressure over a long period of time. Once the trees had grown with the proper shape -- and pointing in the desired direction -- they could be used as trail markers, pointing to shelter, water, minerals, food, safe river crossings, etc. In truth, these markers, taken together, formed a wide-spread land and water navigation system before the first European settlers appeared in the area. Naturally, as anyone does while zipping above the forested hills of the Ozarks, my thoughts turned to the lessons these "trail trees" can teach us about our LSAT preparation.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Study Plan

The September 2014 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The recently released LSAT appears to have followed recent trends, featuring a Games section that gave a lot of test takers trouble and a Reading Comprehension section that also presented its share of challenges. Let’s take a look at what the RC section had to offer:

Although the first passage deals with Darwin’s theories, natural selection, and random mutation, it’s written in straightforward language and deals with pretty basic subject matter. The author discusses the fact that Darwin’s natural selection doesn’t actually explain most genetic mutation, and that natural selection doesn’t appear to account for the success or failure every species. Like many LSAT science passages, the concepts are not particularly complex, but unlike many, this selection is not filled with overly scientific terminology.

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Topics: LSAT

New PowerScore LSAT Self-Study Tools!

Posted by on October 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Are you planning on self-studying for the LSAT? Then we have a sweet set of new tools for you, and the best news of all is that they are absolutely free! While we have long provided additional study support via our Free LSAT Help Area, these new tools are very focused and powerful, and are designed specifically for self-studiers. So, what do we have for you? Let's take a look:

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Topics: LSAT

(New and Improved) 6-Week Study Plan for the December 2014 LSAT

Posted by on October 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Fresh off the (virtual) press, we have a new - and vastly improved - 6-week study plan using the PowerScore Bibles for those of you planning to take the December 2014 LSAT. It's 20-pages long, and each of the six weeks provides a list of recommended tasks—from reading specific chapters, to completing workbook and training type sections, to taking timed practice tests. It's more than an LSAT study plan: it's basically the curriculum for your own course of self-study. If you crave structure and/or have an obsessive-compulsive personality, but prefer to do things on your own rather than in class, then this is the plan for you.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Study Plan, LSAT Study Plans

The September 2014 LSAT Logic Games: What Really Happened

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Students who took the September 2014 LSAT (Preptest 73) faced, for the first time in nearly a year, a Games section that was both fairly consistent for all four games, and fairly predictable in what was tested. That predictability proved to be particularly critical, as the test makers have recently shown a willingness to introduce unusual, extremely rare game types, and this was certainly a concern for students in September.

Let’s take a brief look at that Logic Games section, and review what occurred:

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Topics: LSAT, Logic Games, September 2014 LSAT,

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