A student recently wrote in to ask about the relationship between Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension on the LSAT, and more specifically whether he should be looking to apply the lessons from the Logical Reasoning Bible to the Reading Comp section of the test. This is an interesting question, and one that I’ve heard before from students seeking to clarify the relationship and distinctions between the various sections of the test.
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With the December LSAT less than two weeks away, everyone and their mother is quick to offer you a last-minute tip. Most everyone (we hope) means well. Sleep more! Study more! Worry less! Eat well! Exercise! etc. While we hope that our Blog is a reasonable voice in this cacophony of wisdom, there is no question that receiving just the right advice, and at the right time, is not always easy. (OK, it's a little easier if you pay for it).
Now more than ever, you want the advice you receive to be on point. To that end, below you will find a list of our most helpful blog posts we've written over the last few years, organized by subject matter and area of concern. This represents the collective wisdom of some of the world's foremost LSAT experts, so handle it with caution: it may cause brilliance!
But seriously: these are all Blog articles you should have bookmarked. Now, thanks to me, you don't have to: just bookmark this one instead. Good luck!
Topics: LSAT Prep
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.
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.
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.
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:
Topics: LSAT Prep
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!
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.
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.