Join me tonight at 8 pm EST for a detailed look at one of my all-time favorite LR question types: Parallel Reasoning! I'll break down precisely how to attack these time-consuming questions, including a comprehensive analysis allowing you to move at maximum speed without sacrificing an ounce of accuracy, and then immediately follow up that conceptual overview with six real Parallel questions from past LSATs. With a half dozen actual questions on offer you'll learn how to formulate powerful prephrases and instantly eliminate trap answers, all while solidifying your First Family skills.Read More
Head to Head
Last Friday, while many may have been dreaming of sugar-plums, LSAC was busy releasing December LSAT scores. We have the latest LSAT test and are pleased to present the first installment of our complete test recap. In this article, we shall break down the Logical Reasoning (LR) sections, point out their salient features, and compare them to other recent LR sections and LSAT norms.
What were the most notable features of the December LR sections?
- Increasing frequency of Point at Issue questions, a 50% increase from September and 200% increase from June.
- Another circular reasoning (begging the question) flaw question. This uncommon fallacy has appeared on two LSATs in a row.
- Rough parity between categorical/conditional reasoning and causal reasoning, with causal reasoning remaining marginally more important.
- Few Weaken questions, a return to normal after a spike in September.
- No Main Point questions.
Each 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 like to make changes to some of the content to account for new directions taken 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. And, finally, as I discussed last year, 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 versions 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? So that's what I'll be talking about in this post.Read More
TOO ILLICIT TO QUIT
Y'all ready to make some illicit inferences? It's that time again, post-Grey Day; September LSAT scores are out. Congratulations to all who wrote the exam! At PowerScore, we strive to give students the most up-to-the-minute information possible about past and upcoming LSATs, and in keeping with this goal, we are proud to share our recap of the September 2017 Logical Reasoning sections. Recaps of both Logic Games and Reading Comprehension will follow shortly, so please subscribe to the blog to get notified of these and other upcoming posts, including weekly discussions of interest to all preparing for an upcoming LSAT or law school admissions.
Let's get down to business! Here are the highlights from the September 2017 LR sections:
- A rare circular reasoning fallacy (!) on a flaw question.
- Continued importance of ability to prephrase accurate, abstract descriptions of scenarios presented in Flaw and Method of Reasoning questions.
- Fill-in-the-blank question used for a hybrid Main Point/Must Be True task.
- Slightly above-average number of difficult questions among the first ten.
- Continued high frequency of questions involving conditional reasoning.
Read below for further discussion and statistics about the questions.Read More
As the calendar turns from July to August, preparation for the September LSAT starts to heat up. For many of our students, August finds them moving beyond the halfway point in their respective courses and coming down the home stretch. Yet all of a sudden, the dog days of August start to feel more like the Dog Days of Abstraction on the Logical Reasoning section. Method, Flaw, Parallel, Principle...the list of abstract question stems seems neverending. Gone are the days of specificity and precision, only to be replaced by the vague wording and abstraction of these new question types.Read More
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!Read More
Back again for part 3 of the LSAT regimen. I hope you enjoyed part 2 that broke down the best possible way to master Logic Games. Here we are to talk about the skills that are rewarded in Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning.
The skill that the LSAT makers reward you for having..... BEYOND understanding VIEWSTAMP and all the wonderful teaching PowerScore has showed us, what they reward you for having is SHORT TERM MEMORY. Now that may seem obvious. And you may think that this skill cannot be strengthened, but it can.
But before I break that down...Read More
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Grey Day has come and gone. LSAT scores are out. Congratulations to all who wrote the June exam! For everyone preparing for an upcoming LSAT or interested in the breakdown of the June LSAT's composition, we've analyzed the test in detail and would like to share our insights with you. Today we'll get our recap kicked off with Logical Reasoning. Subscribe to this blog to get notified of our upcoming posts, including complete video explanations of the games and an in-depth recap of Reading Comprehension.
Ready for the "TL;DR" version of the June 2017 LR sections? Here are the highlights:
- Heavy use of conditional reasoning and formal logical structure on a broad cross-section of questions.
- Continued importance of causal reasoning, but principally on a restricted set of question tasks.
- Compared to the December 2016 test and statistical averages, a higher ratio of Weaken questions to Strengthen questions.
- Use of a couple minor informal fallacies.
Read below for a detailed discussion of the above points and statistics about the questions.Read More
According to LSAC, the Logical Reasoning portion of the LSAT is designed to "evaluate the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language . . . These arguments mirror legal reasoning in the types of arguments presented and in their complexity, though few of the arguments actually have law as a subject matter."Read More
Most students confront conditional reasoning very early on in their LSAT preparation. They spend hours mastering the logic of conditional rules in Logical Reasoning stimuli and answer choices, and in Logic Games as well. To this end, students must memorize a number of common conditional reasoning keywords and phrases that help indicate the presence of this logic. Some of these indicators become incredibly obvious with practice. Many of us can recall a moment when, while working through a previously unseen logical reasoning question, we encounter the all-too-familiar "if....then" construction. With a gleam in our eye and a smile across our face, we confidently say to ourselves, "I've got this," and quickly draw out a perfect diagram of the rule.
But every so often there comes a moment when we see that familiar "if", and, just as our hearts start to warm with recognition, a specter looms on the horizon—standing menacingly in front our old friend "if" . . . the word "even". "Even if". Wait . . . what?Read More