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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,

When Will September 2014 LSAT Scores Be Released?

Posted by Jon Denning on Sep 25, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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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Topics: LSAT, Score Release Date

Introducing The Free Law School Admissions Guide!

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Sep 23, 2014 2:42:03 PM

We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new law school admissions guide, "Creating A Killer Law School Application." This guide is a collaborative effort with some of the top law school admissions consultants in the country, including Admissions Dean, Law School Expert, Anna Ivey Consulting, InGenius Prep, Admit Advantage, Prelaw Guru,, Pen and Chisel, and Spivey Consulting Group.

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Topics: LSAT, law school, Admissions, Law School Admissions, Applying to Law School, Law School Consulting, Law School Personal Statement, Admissions Counseling

How to Approach the LSAT's Evaluate the Argument Question Type

Posted by Ron Gore on Sep 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Right about this time in their LSAT prep, people who have already done a great deal of study start to look at some of the less frequently tested subjects. The least of the least in this regard for the Logical Reasoning section is the Evaluate the Argument question type. When students finally discover Evaluate the Argument questions, they panic a little, because at first it seems quite different. It’s not a Weaken or a Strengthen question, but what exactly is it?

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Topics: LSAT Prep, Logical Reasoning, Evaluate the Argument

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