September 2017 LSAT Reading Comprehension Recap

Posted by Eric Ockert on

Last week, the results of the September 2017 LSAT were released. The feedback we have received from students has been quite mixed, with only a few consensus observations so far. We previously broke down the Logical Reasoning section of the test last week and the scoring scale yesterday, and will be addressing the Logic Games section in the next couple of days.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The September 2017 LSAT Scoring Scale Analyzed

Posted by Jon Denning on

The scores from the September 2017 LSAT have just been released, and the scoring scale is hot off the presses. We’ve already done a breakdown of the Logical Reasoning sections from this test , and will have more section-specific discussions in the days ahead, but in the meantime I wanted to take a moment to analyze the scoring scale and what it tells us about the logical difficulty of this exam. As my colleague Dave Killoran has written elsewhere, each LSAT scoring scale is adjusted to fit the difficulty of that particular test:

"Although the number of questions per test has remained relatively constant over the years, the logical difficulty of each test has varied. This is not surprising since the test is made by humans, and there is no precise way to completely predetermine logical difficulty. To account for these variances in test "toughness," the test makers adjust the Scoring Conversion Chart for each LSAT in order to make similar LSAT scores from different tests mean the same thing."

So, the looseness or tightness of the scale will reflect the logical difficulty of the exam (looser scale with a harder exam, tighter scale with an easier exam), and can have a significant impact on final scores. With that in mind, how did this one turn out?

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October 14th LSAT News: Digital Pilot Test 2.0 and Another September Make-Up

Posted by Jon Denning on

Tomorrow, 10/14, represents an unusual day in LSAT land, with the second iteration of LSAC's Digital LSAT Pilot Test program, as well as the second make-up date for September 16th enrollees, both being held in select locations.

Since I know people will want to discuss these tests—I've already been getting questions from both groups—I figured I'd get the party started and provide a few thoughts.

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September 2017 LSAT Logical Reasoning Recap

Posted by Jonathan Evans on


TOO ILLICIT TO QUIT

Y'all ready to make some illicit inferences? It's that time again, post-Grey Day; September LSAT scores are out. Congratulations to all who wrote the exam! At PowerScore, we strive to give students the most up-to-the-minute information possible about past and upcoming LSATs, and in keeping with this goal, we are proud to share our recap of the September 2017 Logical Reasoning sections. Recaps of both Logic Games and Reading Comprehension will follow shortly, so please subscribe to the blog to get notified of these and other upcoming posts, including weekly discussions of interest to all preparing for an upcoming LSAT or law school admissions.

Let's get down to business! Here are the highlights from the September 2017 LR sections:

  • A rare circular reasoning fallacy (!) on a flaw question.
  • Continued importance of ability to prephrase accurate, abstract descriptions of scenarios presented in Flaw and Method of Reasoning questions.
  • Fill-in-the-blank question used for a hybrid Main Point/Must Be True task.
  • Slightly above-average number of difficult questions among the first ten.
  • Continued high frequency of questions involving conditional reasoning.

Read below for further discussion and statistics about the questions.

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Topics: LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

September '17 LSAT scores are being released today. Join our discussion!

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on

We've received word that LSAC icons are going grey and September '17 LSAT scores will be coming out today. Remember, the scores are released in waves so if you don't see yours at first, don't panic! Undoubtedly questions will arise when you receive your scores, so please join our discussion on the PowerScore LSAT Forum HERE. You can sign up for free to chat about your test results and ask for advice moving forward from our numerous expert instructors and authors!

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What Does it Mean to "Go Grey" on LSAT Score Release Day?

Posted by Jon Denning on

One of the most common talking points you'll hear leading up to an LSAT score releaseand incessantly on the day scores become availableis the notion of "going grey." In fact a hysterical flurry of "I'M  GREY!!" announcements on twitter and elsewhere is one of the most reliable predictors that scores are imminent.

So what's all this grey business about, and how can you determine your own color status?

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What Should I Do While I Wait For My LSAT Scores To Be Released?

Posted by Jon Denning on

The past few weeks have been an unrelenting stew of emotions for recent LSAT takers: relief to be through it, anxiety about how you performed, and sleepless nights waiting on your results.

For a lot of people—and fingers crossed you're among them—the LSAT is a memory, and prep books and course materials can be discarded as you see fit. For others, it didn't go as well as hoped, that fact is clear, and you're going to have to retake without question.

But what about those on the fence? What should you do if your retake is score-dependent and you've got another week or so without the information needed to make your decision?

Limbo's no fun but it doesn't have to be squandered. Let me give you some brief advice on how to best spend that time.

 

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My LSAT Reflection

Posted by Marvin Dike on

Note: PowerScore student Marvin Dike is blogging about his comprehensive and detailed study methodology so that our readers can learn from his experience. Make sure you read Make sure you read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

 

So my LSAT journey is over. Finally. I just want to give you guys a little rundown of my test day experience, my mentality, a handful of things I learned, a few tips, and some things I would have done differently if I could start the whole process over knowing what I know now. 

 

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When Will September 2017 LSAT Scores Be Released? Our Prediction!

Posted by Jon Denning on

September 2017 LSAT takers have one burning question in mind: When exactly will my score be released?

Per LSAC, September 2017 LSAT scores are slated to be released on Thursday, October 12th, 2017. However, past LSAC score-release trends indicate that scores are almost always released earlier than the official date (except when weather conditions have interfered with the original test dates, as was the case with the February 2013 LSAT, for instance). So for a typical administration even though you still have to wait to get your score, you usually don't have to wait until the score release date designated by the test makers. 

So when will you have it?

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Post-September LSAT Resources

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on

We hope that everyone was able to get through the LSAT and leave the test feeling confident today! We know that your brain is probably feeling pretty fried, but we wanted to let you know about a few post-test resources that you can take advantage of. Sometimes there can be a degree of uncertainty following the test, so check out the following links to help you feel more at ease with your performance today:

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