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LSAT and Law School Admissions Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Topics: LSAT Prep
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.
So, you've studied for months on end, you know every Logic Game type, and you can diagram passages in your sleep. You've taken countless practice tests, and read endless pages of strategy. This weekend, finally, you're going to take the real, official LSAT. And then comes the final challenge: Waiting to find out that fateful three-digit number.
So, exactly when will your September 2014 LSAT score be released?
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