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The September 2014 LSAT Logic Games: What Really Happened

Posted by Jon Denning on Oct 23, 2014 11:00:00 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,

LSAT Score Release Dates - Scheduled vs. Actual Comparison 2004-2014

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Oct 22, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Note: This article was updated October 22, 2014

As the LSAT score release date for every test administration nears, tensions run high amidst test-takers. To make matters even more stressful, LSAC always releases scores days in advance of their official score release date which, ironically, only serves to make students more nervous, not less. With every passing day, students stab at the  "refresh" button on their LSAC.org with just a little more intensity, waiting for that fated number to appear.

In the past, we've taken a stab at predicting when LSAT scores will be released (you can see our efforts here and here). However, just in case you feel like making your own predictions, we thought we'd provide you with the score release dates (official and actual) since 2004.

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Meet Pamela Adewoyin, PowerScore LSAT Hero!

Posted by Ron Gore on Oct 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM

In today's post we're doing something exciting. I'm very happy to unveil the first in a new series of blog posts, in which we introduce you to a former PowerScore student who experienced a terrific score increase after using PowerScore materials, taking one of our courses, or working with one of our tutors. Today, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Pamela Adewoyin, Esq.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Hero

LSAT Logical Reasoning: Double Negatives and Multiple Negatives

Posted by Steve Stein on Oct 16, 2014 11:15:00 AM

In their creation of the LSAT, the test makers have found quite a few ways to make Logical Reasoning questions challenging. Often the stimulus is so long or complex that it can be tough to get through, sometimes even the question stems can be difficult to interpret, and, as you may have noticed, the writers of the test are quite adept at hiding the right answers among very appealing incorrect answer choices.

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7 Things People Who Prep for the LSAT Are Tired of Hearing

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Oct 13, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Statistically speaking, most of your friends aren't going to law school, and - for better or worse - know very little about the LSAT. Sure, they may have heard you muttering something nonsensical about mauve dinosaurs, but they probably thought you were crazy (which is par for the course... why else would you go to law school in the first place?). If you're taking the December 2014 LSAT, chances are you are about to start a prep course, or some sort of a self-study plan. You will be MIA for most of November. Come Thanksgiving, you will be faced with a dilemma: either skip the holiday entirely to catch up on your homework, or show up with a pencil and a notepad, offering to make a seating chart for all of your extended family members. Either way, people will be worried.

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Prep

The Return of Unusual Games on the LSAT?

Posted by Jon Denning on Oct 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

With the September 2014 LSAT still fresh in peoples' minds, and scores set to be released in about two weeks, I want to address something that a lot of people predicted for the most recent test and that, fortunately (well, "fortunate" for the typical student at least), didn't come true. I'm referring specifically to the test makers' recent tendency of including extremely rare game types in Analytical Reasoning.

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Logic Games

Historical Counterfactuals, Causal Reasoning and the LSAT

Posted by Ron Gore on Oct 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Some historians like to play "what if" games, and other historians resent them for it. To me, the use of historical counterfactuals, the "what ifs" of history, can be entertaining and thought provoking. For example, what if Abraham Lincoln had not been assassinated? Or what if the United States sat out World War I? And the debate over the value of counterfactuals in the study of history can help give us some insight into the LSAT as well.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, Causal Reasoning

LSAT Logical Reasoning: Sources of Difficulty

Posted by Steve Stein on Oct 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

When the test-makers are creating questions for the LSAT, they have a vast array of “weapons” with which to attack. They can create sophisticated stimuli, complicated questions, and cleverly appealing incorrect answer choices. A more specific example is their use of numbers and percentages; as discussed in our PowerScore Logical Reasoning Bible, the test-makers prey upon several common misunderstandings about what can be gleaned from limited data.

Many people find it somewhat counter-intuitive that a company with a sharply declining market share could at the same time be seeing profits on the rise. But, as discussed in the LRB, a rising percentage isn’t necessarily associated with increasing numbers, and a decreasing percentage is not always associated with a decrease in the bottom line figure (for more on numbers, percentages, and the many other ways that Logical Reasoning questions are constructed to be difficult, see the discussion in the Logical Reasoning Bible Chapter 17. For practice with Logical Reasoning concepts, check out our Logical Reasoning Workbook).

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Logical Reasoning

Should you cancel your LSAT score?

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Sep 30, 2014 4:39:00 PM

With the September 2014 LSAT done and over with, many test-takers will be asking themselves, "Should I cancel my score?" If you find yourself amidst their numbers, don't worry--you're definitely not alone.

First off, let us start by saying that it is very common for LSAT-takers to second-guess themselves and fret--almost from the moment they exit the testing center--about how they did on the test, what their score might be, which questions they got right and wrong, and if they should cancel their score.

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Topics: LSAT Prep

The September 2014 LSAT Post-test Analysis

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Sep 29, 2014 1:00:00 PM

The September 2014 LSAT was given on Saturday, and while specific information about the test content is tightly guarded, we've still heard from a number of students, and I've read numerous accounts of the exam online, so I want to pass along their impressions.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, September 2014 LSAT,

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