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Which LSAT Has the Toughest Curve?

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Sep 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

"Everyone and their mother takes the test in September," a student recently told me. "I think I'm gonna sit that one out." Why, I asked? Is it all the mothers? He looked confused. No, his mother wasn't actually taking the test with him (duh!), but the September administration is so popular that he was afraid the curve would be much tougher. That, and all the test-centers in New York were already booked up, so he'd have to drive up to Connecticut (Canada?), and you don't do that unless you have a pony or have a morbid curiosity about poutine.

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Prep, Hardest LSAT

LSAT Motivation: The Scoring Scale and Your Percentile

Posted by Jon Denning on Aug 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Let me preface this post with an explanation of my intent: I think as almost everyone approaches their LSAT administration there are moments when scores occasionally plateau and performance feels stagnant, and motivation can quickly vanish as a result. This is especially apparent in the mid-ranges, as students creep their way through the 140s and 150s, grinding for every point---people starting out and generally scoring lower find that everyday brings new revelations and scores improve quickly, while people in the upper ranges (160s and beyond) are naturally motivated by the consistency of their success, but for test takers toiling to get over the 150-level hump, a genuine passion for continued prep can be hard to find.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Admissions

One month to prepare for the LSAT? Here's your study plan!

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

With exactly four weeks left until your LSAT, you need a solid study plan. Assuming you aren’t taking a prep course, but are familiar with the PowerScore LSAT Bibles, the plan below should keep you on track for the test. Make sure to allow for 20-25 hrs of LSAT work each week.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Study Plan, LSAT Bibles

A Timing Strategy for Faster Reading Comprehension Performance

Posted by Ron Gore on Aug 25, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Although people don't think that Reading Comprehension and Logic Games have much to do with each other, the truth is that they have something very important in common. The most obvious thing that the sections have in common is their structure. Both the sections have four main units. The Game section has four games and the Reading Comprehension section has four passages. And the number of questions associated with each game or passage is similar too. That similar structure creates another similarity - timing.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, Reading Comprehension, Timing Strategy

The LSAT and the Power of the Prephrase

Posted by Steve Stein on Aug 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The power of prephrasing has been discussed in previous blog posts here and here; in this post, I'll briefly review the basic approach, why it takes some practice, and how this seemingly subtle shift can have profound effects on your understanding of the questions and your overall control of the test.

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6-Week Study Plan for the LSAT

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Did you realize that there are less than six weeks left until the next LSAT? If you are planning to take this test, you should definitely start thinking about a study plan if you haven't done so already. Six weeks is a bit on the shorter side as far as study plans go, but it’s doable provided you can devote at least 15-20 hours/week towards LSAT prep. Be realistic – if you are a full-time student or work full time, chances are you cannot spend every waking hour doing Logic Games or Logical Reasoning questions. Nor should you have to; although the number of hours you spend training is surely important, what matters even more is how you train.

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Should I Study Formal Logic in College to Prep for the LSAT?

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Aug 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Given the emphasis on Logical Reasoning on the LSAT, students often wonder if they are missing out by not taking formal (or deductive) logic in college. Granted, some exposure to deductive logic doesn't hurt: at their best, such courses will teach you the fundamental concepts of symbolic logic, help you understand the difference between valid and invalid arguments, and train you to use symbolic language to display the logical structure of complex arguments and statements. You will probably learn to analyze truth-functions ("and", "or", "not", "if...then"), as well as quantifiers ("all", "some"), which will ultimately help with conditional reasoning on the LSAT. Indeed, students who were exposed to formal logic before undertaking a test prep course with us seem to derive some benefit from it, judging from their performance in class and on their practice tests. However, think twice before you register for a Logic course at your local college this coming Fall. Here's why:

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Topics: LSAT Prep, Logical Reasoning

Three Myths About the LSAT Experimental Section

Posted by Jon Denning on Aug 14, 2014 11:00:00 AM

We talk a lot with students gearing up for an LSAT about the ideal way to take an LSAT practice test, and one of the pieces we stress the importance of including is the Experimental Section. If you want a thorough discussion of the experimental section, go here, but for now here's a very brief description:

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Practice Tests, Experimental Section

Get a Grip on your LSAT Prep

Posted by Ron Gore on Aug 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

It's fair to say that we generally think of friction as a negative thing. And that's basically an accurate view in the context of personal and societal relationships. But friction can also be very useful -- even necessary -- in other settings. In this post, I'd like to talk about how you can adapt the concept of friction to gain traction in your LSAT preparation and accelerate past the plateau you currently call home.

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Topics: Test Mentality, Improve LSAT score

LSAT Logical Reasoning: Three Reasons NOT to Read the Question First

Posted by Steve Stein on Aug 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM

This is an issue that comes up quite commonly with students; some have a favorite question type, and prefer to attack those first in a given section; others note the potential advantage of knowing what to look for before even beginning to read the stimulus. Below are three reasons that I suggest NOT reading the question first, but instead attacking each logical reasoning question in this order: Stimulus, Question, Answer Choices.

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