LSAT cancellations, withdrawals, absences: What's the difference?

    Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on

    With the LSAT just around the corner, you may be taking a look at how your prep is going and thinking that you are simply not ready for the test. There's no shame in this; in fact, knowing when you are or are not ready for the LSAT shows a great deal of self-awareness and respect for your law school application. 

    If you know you're not ready for the test, then there are a number of options available to you. We'll discuss each of them in detail so that you have all the information necessary to make the best decision on or before test day.

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    Topics: LSAT Prep

    PowerScore's Crystal Ball Webinar: Predicting the November, January, and March LSATs!

    Posted by Jon Denning on

    Curious to know which Logical Reasoning question types have been the most frequent, the most variable, and the most consistent on LSATs the last three years? Or what trends in Reading Comp you can expect the test makers to continue to emphasize?

    Did you realize that two crucial skills have served as the basis of 97% of all logic games in recent history, including those you're certain to see on your own exam?

    And are you ready for the Digital LSAT that's coming in July 2019?

    Well we're here to explain.

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    Topics: Webinar, LSAT Prep

    LSAT Anxiety and the Power of Positive Thinking

    Posted by Jon Denning on

    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

    LSAT Test Takers: Blogs You Should Have Bookmarked

    Posted by Nikki Siclunov on

    With the LSAT getting closer and closer, everyone and their mother is quick to offer you a last-minute tip. Most everyone (we hope) means well. Sleep more! Study more! Worry less! Eat well! Exercise! etc. While we hope that our Blog is a reasonable voice in this cacophony of wisdom, there is no question that receiving just the right advice, and at the right time, is not always easy. (OK, it's a little easier if you pay for it).

    Now more than ever, you want the advice you receive to be on point. To that end, below you will find a list of our most helpful blog posts we've written over the last few years, organized by subject matter and area of concern. This represents the collective wisdom of some of the world's foremost LSAT experts, so handle it with caution: it may cause brilliance!

    Just kidding. 

    But seriously: these are all Blog articles you should have bookmarked. Now, thanks to me, you don't have to: just bookmark this one instead. Good luck!

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    Topics: LSAT Prep

    Should You Do Warm Up Questions The Morning Of The LSAT?

    Posted by Dave Killoran on

    A question I often receive is, “Should I do a set of warm up questions the morning of the LSAT to get into the right frame of mind?" The idea is that by doing questions prior to the start of the LSAT you will be ready to hit the ground running once the test begins, and that will produce the best possible score.

    In theory it sounds like a good idea, but does it really work, and should you try it?

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    Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

    The PowerScore 2019 LSAT Bibles: Changes and Updates

    Posted by Dave Killoran on

    Every year I make revisions and updates to the LSAT Bibles, and there are several different reasons for that. First, at least three new LSATs are released each year, and I make changes to account for new wrinkles used by the test makers. Second, I talk with many different LSAT students and also teach various sessions throughout the year, and the feedback I receive helps me shape and improve parts of each book. Finally, as I discussed previously, the books have changed so much over time that providing new versions each year helps students know they are getting the most up-to-date information possible.

    Because of this, one of the most common questions we receive is: what has changed, and do I need to get the newest editions if I already have an older version? We'll address those questions in this post!

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    Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Logic Games, LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Reading Comprehension

    Understanding LSAT Justify the Conclusion/Sufficient Assumption LR Questions

    Posted by Dave Killoran on

    One of the common questions that comes up with students studying for the LSAT is how do Justify/Sufficient Assumption questions work, and how do they differ from regular Assumption/Necessary Assumption questions? The mere fact that there are different types of assumption questions is part of the problem, but the unique way that these questions work also causes issues. Let's take a closer look at this question type and try to understand the big picture!

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    Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Logical Reasoning

    Common LSAT Question Types: Must Be True vs. Weaken

    Posted by Jon Denning on


    When approaching  Logical Reasoning on the LSAT, I think most students clearly recognize the importance of  (1) understanding the unique properties of individual question types, and (2) having dedicated strategies to consistently apply when faced with a particular type of question.  That is the value in knowing how to recognize, say, a Parallel Reasoning question, and then understanding the proper approach to take when attacking Parallel Reasoning.
     
    Make no mistake about it: the ability to distinguish different types of questions from one another is crucial to success on test day. However, as important as it is to identify what makes one question type different from another,  it is also extremely important to understand the similarities between question types , and that is what I want to discuss here.
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    Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Logical Reasoning

    LSAT Score Plateau? Focus on Process

    Posted by Ron Gore on

    A few weeks before the LSAT, many people find themselves on a plateau. They just can't seem to improve their scores. People find themselves on plateaus for many different reasons. One of those causes is lack of organization. Over time, when you've done quite a bit of studying for the test, you can start to get lazy with your process. If you're stuck on a plateau, one of the best things you can do is impose organization on your process, which can reduce your time per question and increase your accuracy.

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    Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep