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Last Minute Tips: Logical Reasoning

With less than three weeks until the June LSAT, it’s time to buckle down on studying. This week we’re offering one important last-minute tip for each LSAT section. In the last two days, we’ve looked at Reading Comprehension; today we’re talking Logical Reasoning.

The Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT can present an especially good opportunity to tweak your approach in the final weeks of prep. Why? Because many test-takers continually struggle with the same type of Logical Reasoning questions. It may be difficult to identify a pattern until you’ve taken a couple of practice exams, but once you have that practice under your belt, go back and look at all the questions you got wrong (or guessed correctly but didn’t know) on those tests. For each question, figure out what kind of question it was: Was it asking for necessary or sufficient conditions? For the statement that must be true? For the flaw in the argument? And so on.

Once you’ve done that, see if there are any LR question types that you consistently miss. If so, it’s probably indicative of a fundamental issue with your approach to those kinds of questions. Go back and review the basic approach to those kinds of LR questions, then drill yourself until you feel comfortable with the approach and your accuracy is high.

Of course, this exercise requires you to have mastered a bigger-picture skill: identifying LR question types. The ability to quickly identify the question type from the prompt is absolutely essential to acing the LR section. If you are able to read the question prompt and immediately identify the question type, you’ll be able to read the stimulus more efficiently by zeroing in on the information required to answer the question at hand. If you’re struggling to finish LR sections under time pressure, this could be the underlying problem. Without this skill, it’s difficult to understand what you’re looking for in the stimulus the first time through, which means you probably have to read it twice. It’s also difficult to predict what the correct answer will be if you don’t understand what the question is asking.

If you can identify question types by prompt and zero in on the ones that trip you up most often, you can use these last couple of weeks to shore up those weak areas.