Blueprint LSAT Blog: Advice on Logical Reasoning

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Logical Reasoning Examples: Logic Fails of the Week

Out of the three sections of the LSAT, the Logical Reasoning section is the one whose skills and strategies you’ll use every day, whether or not you become a lawyer. The LR section asks you to analyze, criticize, and breakdown different arguments. Unlike something as impractical as Calculus 2, you will likely encounter an argument

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Understanding causal relationships results in a better LSAT score.

Causal relationships are big on the LSAT. Failure to understand them causes problems. Causation comes up all over the place — in reading comp and in a bunch of logical reasoning questions. But causation is especially important in logical reasoning questions that ask you to strengthen or weaken arguments. A high proportion of these questions

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Sufficient and Necessary Assumption Questions, Demystified

Sufficient and Necessary Assumption questions are tough. Don’t get discouraged. Halloween may be over, but spookiness still lurks around the corner for LSAT-studiers who are just getting to sufficient and necessary assumption questions. These question types are tricky, and also appear frequently in the Logical Reasoning section, so it’s important to have a firm handle

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The Deal With Weaken Questions

Knock a hole in that argument. What does it mean to weaken an argument? A lot of tough weaken questions will be much easier if we clarify what, exactly, it takes. Let’s start off with an argument. Randy is planning on asking Sandy out next week. Randy has a luscious, flowing mullet (the hairstyle, not

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The flawless LSAT taker knows her flaws.

Embrace the flaws. Embrace them, I say! Flaw questions on the LSAT are many things, but unpredictable they ain’t – LSAC loves to use variations on the same flaw, over and over. (That’s one of the reasons why the LSAT is such a learnable test.) Obviously, in order to effectively tackle Flaw questions on the

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Quantify this!

Some? Most? All? Quantifiers. Some LSAT students think they’re the enemy. Blueprint classes cover quantifiers (some, most, all, and the valid inferences that can be drawn from those claims) in lesson 3 and it’s a lot of new material at once. It can be scary. But it’s worth getting it down. You’re likely to see

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The LSAT is all about analyzing arguments. Here are some shortcuts.

The folks at LSAC are very good at making a tricky test that (in combination with college GPA) correlates to some degree with first-year law school grades. But creative, they ain’t. As you continue studying for the LSAT, you’ll notice that the test uses the same argument structures over and over. This is good news

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Go quantify yourself.

Some LSAT students fail to learn quantifiers. No one who fails to learn quantifiers has mastered the LSAT. If you’re scared already, fear not. It’s worth knowing your way around some, most, and all statements and the inferences you can and can’t draw from them. And while it’s worth just memorizing what you can and

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