LSAT Tutor: Logical Reasoning Tips

Posted by Law School on 2/4/13 11:33 AM

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The logical reasoning section makes up half the LSAT test – two of the four graded multiple choice sections. Therefore, it is important to go in ready to ace it. Here are some LSAT tutor tips:

1) Read the logical reasoning question stem first on the LSAT test.

Logical reasoning questions have a short prompt and then a question. You can save time by reading the question stem before the prompt so that you know what you are looking for. For example, if the question is asking you to find a flaw in the argument, then you will read the argument looking for the flaw rather than having to go back again after the question.

2) Know the logical reasoning LSAT test question types.

There are a number of common logical reasoning question types, including flaw questions, assumption questions, inference questions, etc. Making sure you are familiar with all of the common types will ensure that you do not waste time figuring out what they are asking. It will also help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses. If you know that a certain type of question is very challenging for you, you may decide to skip that and go back to it if you have time.

3) Don’t get tripped up by tempting LSAT test answers.

The LSAT test logical reasoning sections are full of answers that seem right, but are not. Or sometimes they are true, but do not answer the question. Or they’re even right, but not the best answer. Do not get tripped up by these. Do not overthink the questions. One strategy is to try to think of an answer in your own words after reading the question and the prompt. Then look for one that matches it. This will help you avoid the answers put there to trip you up.

4) Pace yourself on the LSAT test.

Pacing is an issue throughout the whole LSAT test, but especially for logical reasoning, since it is such a large portion of the test. Make sure to practice under timed conditions and make sure you do not spend too much time on any one problem. Have a plan for when you get stuck on a question, whether it be skipping it and going back or guessing right then. Practice, practice, pratice, and see what works best for you!

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