The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) is a monolithic and conservative entity befitting a gatekeeper of legal academia. However, it’s beginning to be forced to change with the times in the face of some significant challenges. The number of LSATs administered annually has declined by more than a third this decade from 170,000+ at the end of the 2009-10 testing year to fewer than 110,000 during the 2016-17 testing year. Then came the news that, beginning with applications submitted in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law will accept the GRE as an acceptable alternative to the LSAT for incoming applicants.Read More
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The LSAT’s Writing Sample is the last section of the intellectual marathon. After a day spent navigating Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, many LSAT takers experience waning motivation.
Since the beginning of your education, you have had to read passages and then answer questions about them. In that respect, the LSAT’s Reading Comprehension’s format will be familiar.
The LSAT’s Logical Reasoning is all about arguments and the test taker’s ability to evaluate them. You’ll be given a short passage and a question stem. It’s your job to select the right answer from five possibilities.
Law school students and lawyers make, evaluate, deconstruct, and refute arguments. The LSAT’s Logical Reasoning is your introduction to this usage of critical thinking skills. With time and practice, you will learn to identify and understand arguments, evidence, and conclusions.
Specifically, you will have questions about inferences which logically follow a passage:
By the time someone contemplates the LSAT, he or she has probably already had experience with standardized tests and entrance exams. And yet, an encounter with the LSAT's Analytical Reasoning is unlike any other.
You Must Time Yourself When Preparing for the LSAT. It’s one thing to peruse sample LSAT questions at your leisure. It’s quite another to take a test under the ridiculously strict time constraints. In fact, I would say the single most important preparation tool is to take sample tests under timed conditions.
The LSAT bills itself as a test that does not require preparation. Technically, they’re correct. You don’t need to memorize math formulas or vocabulary words. The questions ask you to reason answers based on the information provided.
There are many things to keep in mind while studying for the LSAT exam. It’s overwhelming enough to try to master techniques for each of the sections.