Jon Denning

Jon Denning is PowerScore's Vice President and oversees product creation and instructor training for all of the exam services PowerScore offers. He is also a Senior Instructor with 99th percentile scores on the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, and ACT. Jon is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost authorities on LSAT preparation, and for the past decade has assisted thousands of students in the law school admissions process. He has also created/co-created a number of PowerScore’s LSAT courses and publications, including the Full-length, Live Online, and Accelerated LSAT Courses, the Advanced Logic Games Course, the Advanced Logical Reasoning Course, and a number of books in PowerScore’s popular LSAT Deconstructed Series.

Recent Posts

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

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

Per LSAC, February 2017 LSAT scores are slated to be released on Thursday, March 2nd, 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). So, even though you still have to wait to get your score, you probably won't have to wait until the score-release date designated by the test makers. 

So when will you have it?

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Topics: LSAT Prep

The Ultimate Guide to the LSAT Writing Sample

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Your LSAT score is the result of your performance on a predetermined collection of multiple-choice tasks: two scored sections of Logical Reasoning, one scored section of Reading Comprehension, and one scored section of Analytical Reasoning (better known as Logic Games). In addition to those four, there will also be a fifth, unscored multiple-choice section known as the Experimental, which will present another of the three types—either a third LR, second RC, or second LG. These five sections can appear in any order, and are largely unpredictable as you work your way through the exam.

But that's not the entirety of your test day.

What many fail to realize, or at the very least fail to fully understand, is that official LSATs also contain a sixth section, given in a separate test booklet and administered after the completion of the five sections described above: the Writing Sample. And it's this final section that I want to talk about today.

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Topics: LSAT Prep

LSAT Anxiety and the Power of Positive Thinking

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With the LSAT fast approaching, I want to briefly step away from talk of test concepts, and remind everyone of one of the most important, and (sadly) most-overlooked, components of test success: a positive mental outlook. That is, at some point in the next 10 days or so you should feel as though your conceptual preparation is complete, and your focus should begin to shift instead towards preparing yourself mentally for an amazing test day experience. Here are a few keys tips that will help get you mentally ready in the days ahead.

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

The LSAT's Latest Trends: Looking Back to See What's Ahead

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Before the December 2016 LSAT I wrote an article attempting to predict that test's content based on the material presented on the most recent LSATs, and in this post I'm going to examine those results and also make some informed guesses as to what the February 2017 exam may have in store. I'll begin with the same intro that prefaced my previous post:

"The LSAT is not a static exam. Rather, it varies slightly from year to year and even from test to test, as LSAC explores the full scope of what's allowable under the rigors of "standardized" testing. And while those metrics are indeed restrictiveintroduce significant deviation, and the measurements themselves become unreliable, as I've written about previouslyeven the tiniest of tweaks can have a profound impact, turning a typical test day into a singular success...or something equally unique in the opposite direction."

I then went on to discuss the idea of what constitutes true "change" and why it matters, but to spare you any redundancy I'll cut right to the chase here and see how I did.

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Topics: LSAT Prep

How to take an LSAT practice test

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People preparing for the LSAT often ask about the best way to craft a practice test (and test taking environment) prior to sitting for the real thing. So we’ve put together a list of considerations to help you create what we feel is the optimal practice test situation, and given links to resources for each of these points in case you need more information.

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Topics: LSAT Prep

The December 2016 LSAT Scoring Scale Analyzed

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The scores from the December 2016 LSAT have just been released, and the scoring scale is hot off the presses. We'll have some 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 (loose scale with a hard exam, tight scale with an easy exam), and has a huge impact on final scores. With that in mind, how did this one turn out? Here it is in full:

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Topics: LSAT Prep

The Ideal Way to Take an LSAT Practice Test

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Many students preparing for the  LSAT are reaching a point in their studies where full, timed practice tests will soon become part of the routine. As such, it’s critical that test takers understand exactly how to self-administer a sample LSAT. So here I'm going to outline exactly how to craft the perfect practice test experience!

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Topics: LSAT Prep