The Argument Section on the LSAT requires a critically trained brain. Most importantly, you must be able to identify the author’s conclusion, or the point they are trying to make, as well as the evidence used to support that argument. In this article we will focus on the conclusion. Stay tuned for next week's tip on identifying the author's evidence, or premise.Read More
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The Argument Section of the LSAT, also known as the logical reasoning section, is made up of 24 to 26 arguments. Helpful LSAT course sites like 7Sage usually include an entire section devoted to logical reasoning and arguments. The first step to answering a logical reasoning question is, surprise, surprise, thinking critically. Usually when we think of arguments, we think of heated or emotional exchanges between people. For the purposes of the LSAT, it is very important that you do not respond to the information presented in an emotional way. Your goal is not to agree or disagree with the content, but rather to analyze the strengths or flaws of the argument itself. You want to make sure that you understand the author’s conclusion and how they used evidence to form their argument. If you are able to understand HOW the author argues, you will be better prepared to answer the question at hand. As you try to understand the HOW, it is crucial to remember that it is usually pretty difficult to make a nuanced and full argument within the span of three or four sentences. This means, that usually there will be some gap in the author’s argument. As you read, train your brain to be on the lookout for flaws in the argument. Stay on the lookout for what the author is attempting to convince you of, how the author is using evidence to support their point, and where in the argument the author has failed in that effort.Read More
The Arguments Section of the LSAT, also known as the logical reasoning section, tests an important skill: your ability to read critically and closely. Here is a good overview by Lawschooli of the logical reasoning section and what it takes to perform well. There are about 24 to 26 arguments in the section. Do NOT expect to understand every single one. The test is designed to work on a bell curve, so the questions will range from “piece of cake” to “what did I just read?” The moment you are aware of this, you can approach the section strategically. So- what should your approach be when you read the first line of a Argument question and you do not understand what it is saying? First of all, do not panic. Secondly, do not move on to the rest of the question. The second line is there to interact with the first, so you need to understand the first before you forge ahead. Read the first line again calmly, and see if it makes more sense. If it still does not... SKIP IT! Informed and confident skipping can be your key to more accurate answers. Your goal is to get as many points as possible, so it benefits you to spend more time on questions you can actually answer than spending precious seconds on something that will end up being a guess. If you have extra time, you can always return to those tougher questions and give them another go.