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The September 2014 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by Steve Stein 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 Dave Killoran 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 Nikki Siclunov 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 Jon Denning 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,

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

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on October 22, 2014 at 1:00 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 October 20, 2014 at 11:00 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 October 16, 2014 at 11:15 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 October 13, 2014 at 1:00 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 October 9, 2014 at 11:00 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 October 6, 2014 at 11:00 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

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