From the Vault: The Last Weekend: How to make it count
- Nov 28, 2017
It’s here: our last full weekend of LSAT prep. You’re going to make it count. Here’s what you should do.
1. Take a Break?
Some of you have been hitting the LSAT prep very hard lately. If you’re finding that your level of frustration with the LSAT is high or that you’re doing worse on your homework and practice tests this week than normal, you might need a break.
A day or two (max) to relax might be a good idea. So you can take advantage of this weekend to let your brain marinade in peace without exposing it to too much LSAT stress. This is especially true if you’ve already hit your score goals and would just like to maintain your gains or ensure that you score near the top of your range.
2. Make sure you’re comfortable with the strategies, for each section
If you’re still striving to get more questions correct, there’s still time to review and reflect on the strategies for each section. And this still important, becaue it’s comfort with these strategies that’s going ultimately increase your accuracy. So you should take some time this weekend to make sure you have, at the very least, the basics to each of section down cold.
For Logical Reasoning, this means making sure that you’re a well-oiled diagramming machine. You should not only be comfortable with diagramming conditional statements based on sufficient and necessary terms, but you should know which questions types call for diagramming and how to you use diagramming to get to the right answer.
You should also be absolutely spot-on with the fallacies. Between flaw questions and parallel flaw questions, plus the strengthen, weaken, crux, sufficient, and necessary questions that frequently require you to recognze which logical fallacy the argument commits, quickly and accurately identifying the common flalacies can get you the correct answer on over half of the Logical Reasoning questions.
For Reading Comprehension, this means focusing on the role of the author in a passage. You should not only be able to identify whether or not the author is endorsing a viewpoint presented in the passage, but be able to use that identification to predict what the main point of the passage is, why the author wrote the passage, and what the author’s opinions on the various discussed are.
And for Logic Games, you need to know when and how to make scenarios, both for ordering and grouping games. You should know how how to combine rules with common elements. Common elements can be players, slot numbers or group names, or even distributions.
You also need make sure you know how to play the numbers and how to recognize which game types require you to play the numbers.
And finally, you have to get comfortable with simplifying gaming rules. For example, on an In & Out grouping game a rule that says “Not A → B,” means you have to select A or B. So you should write “A or B.” You also need to know how to incorporate these simplifications into your setup–“A or B” means you reserve a slot in the “In” group for at least one of A or B. Once you know these rules inside and out, you’ll be able to symbolize even unfamiliar-sounding grouping and ordering rules on your test.
3. Practice Tests
And pretty much everyone else should take advantage of this last weekend of LSAT prep to do a few more practice LSATs. If you find yourself doing really well on homework sets focused on a single question type (as opposed to whole sections of the LSAT, or mixed question-type homework sets) but not so great on practice tests, you definitely need to take a couple of PTs this weekend.
Focus on your timing, on anticipating your strategies based on question, game, or passage types, and on anticipating the correct answer choices. All of your PTs should be five sections long to make sure you won’t have any fatigue-related issues on your actual LSAT.
This is your mission for this weekend. Good luck!
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