Stuck between a Winner and a Loser: What Would Trump Do?

Posted by on September 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM

You know the story all too well: after happily eliminating three of the five answer choices, you're stuck between the last two. One of them is a winner, the other is a loser. The problem is, you can't decide which is which, because the loser is cleverly disguised as a... winner. (I know, it's terrible!) You can call Donald Trump, of course, who seems to face such dilemmas on a daily basis, and has surely become the worldwide expert in winner/loser differentiation strategies. 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

To Early Decision or Not to Early Decision?

Posted by on September 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM


Today's guest post was provided by our friends and law school admission experts, The Spivey Consulting Group.

Early Decision programs are not new, but they have been gaining popularity among both law schools and applicants in recent cycles. We will address the value of such programs momentarily, but first let us define what “Early Decision” really means. An Early Decision program is essentially a contract between an applicant and a school – the only hardline often being that “if admitted, you will immediately withdraw all applications to other law schools to which you have submitted an application” with the covenant that if you go to law school in the current cycle you will go to the first school that admits you ED (you can apply to multiple ED programs, but are bound to withdraw from all others once admitted). ED programs, then, should not be confused with any kind of Early Action, Priority Track, or Fee Waiver programs where you are not required to withdraw from all other schools upon admissions.


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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT

PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day: Either/Or and the Double Arrow

Posted by on September 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Confused by the use of the use of the phrase "either/or" in LSAT questions? You aren't alone! And, you might be even more confused when the phrase "but not both" is thrown into the mix. Dave Killoran breaks down how "either/or" works on the LSAT to a student on our LSAT Forum, and discusses the effects of the "but not both" phrasing when it is used (tip: it has a big effect). Since this phrase appears most frequently in Logic Games, you have to know how to handle it if you see it, otherwise it could cost you five or six questions.
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Topics: LSAT Logic Games, LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

Batman v Superman is You versus LSAC

Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The title's weird, I know. Let me explain.

There's a highly-anticipated movie coming out in March 2016 that you may have heard about called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," featuring, as the name suggests, a showdown between two of DC Comics' most legendary heroes: the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Now don't worry (or perhaps get your hopes up) I'm not going to launch into a deep analysis of Zack Snyder's upcoming flick. Frankly, that's neither my area of interest or expertise; I'd be hopelessly out of my element at Comic-Con.

Instead, the barrage of early online advertising got me thinking about the epic battle that's sure to occur as Batman and Superman square off, and, were such a confrontation to take place in real life, who would win.* More importantly for our purposes here, it also struck me as exceptionally similar to your upcoming fight, where you're going to war with LSAC, the group that creates the LSAT.

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Topics: LSAT--Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

Main Point Questions on the LSAT

Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

If you've ever taken a practice LSAT, you've seen a few Main Point questions; they appear in the Logical Reasoning sections of the test, and Reading Comprehension passages are routinely followed by such questions as well. Regardless of the context, the ability to quickly recognize an author's main point will serve you well, and the right approach is vital if you want to attack Main Point questions effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: LSAT

PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day: Logical Reasoning Cause and Effect

Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

The latest PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day comes from this past weekend (found here), where one of our students asked an interesting, and common, question about cause and effect relationships in LR. PowerScore Senior Developer Jon Denning weighed in to explain in a bit more detail exactly what we mean when we tell students that “causal relationships on the LSAT exist in a vacuum.” This is a great example of not only how the information and scenarios you’ll face on the LSAT can differ from those in the real world, but also of why it’s so critical that you develop a deep understanding of exactly how the test makers think before test day!

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

How to Increase Your LSAT Score Simply By Using Your Nose

Posted by on August 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

As I've mentioned on a number of prior occasions, some of the most important weapons you have in your battle with the LSAT are your mental strength, confidence, and overall outlook. Of course, your processing speed and reasoning powers are critical, but I look at them as only half of the equation. If you process quickly and understand argumentation, that will take you a long way, but if you are also scared of the exam and don't fully trust yourself, you will fail to reach your potential. Because of this, I pay close attention to developments in the field of psychology. An article in last month's Journal of Experimental Social Psychology caught my eye because it addressed how our sense of smell can affect our reasoning ability, and in fact help us to be sharper in detecting misleading information. Flawed argumentation is something that occurs all the time on the LSAT, so if there's a way to become better at detecting it, I want to know about it. So what was the special trick they were talking about?

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Topics: LSAT--Test Mentality, LSAT

PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day: Number and Percentage (#%) Problem Tips

Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM

PowerScore CEO and author Dave Killoran frequently talks to students via his personal Twitter account (, and a student reading our LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible requested some additional tips on Numbers and Percentages Logical Reasoning problems. Dave’s LSAT Forum post delivers seven helpful suggestions to improve your #% performance, and includes several examples to make the ideas stick. If you are looking to improve your LR score, give this post a look!

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

How Is Everyone Else Preparing for the LSAT?

Posted by on August 20, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Do you ever wonder? Almost everyone does, but shouldn't. First of all, how others prepare for the LSAT isn't a big deal because it doesn't directly impact you. Second, it really doesn't matter because no one else will be taking the exam for you (unless you bribed someone to take your exam, in which case you've got way bigger problems heading your way than choosing a prep method!). 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day: Personal Statement Advice

Posted by on August 19, 2015 at 2:52 PM

This PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day comes from this past weekend (found here). One of our students posted a second draft of her personal statement, and PowerScore LSAT Bible author Dave Killoran weighed in on that draft in detail (and lots of it!). The link above leads to her second draft, and Dave’s extended comments immediately follow her post. If you are working on your personal statement or your applications in general, his post gives some insight into how to think about the message you are sending in your essay, and it also gives you a glimpse into how our Admissions Consulting programs work and the dramatic improvements they can help deliver.  

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum