LSAT Most Strongly Supported Questions

Would you believe that big prep companies, the ones who get paid to help you ace the LSAT, make mistakes in some of their material?! Actually, you’re probably not that surprised, which I guess says something. So what’s one of the most common mistakes I see in LSAT prep material? Failing to distinguish between Most […]

7 Logical Reasoning Tips and Tricks

UPDATE: I’ve put together a GINORMOUS list of free Logical Reasoning advice and strategies. The below tips are a good start, but click that link for much, much, more. Logical Reasoning makes up 2 out of 4 sections on the scored portion of the LSAT. These 7 tips will help you to master this important […]

5 Hardest LSAT Logical Reasoning Questions

Today, I’ll show you how to approach 5 difficult LSAT Logical Reasoning questions. Students ask me to explain these questions all the time, so I’m using this week’s main post to do so. I’m not posting the actual questions because I don’t want to get a visit from the folks at LSAC (although I’m sure […]

LSAT Logical Reasoning Vocabulary Words

UPDATE: If you want even more help with LSAT vocabulary than the words below (and don’t want to have to memorize hundreds and hundreds of words), check out the LSAT Vocabulary Builder: Words You Need to Know. You probably know the meanings of most words in the Logical Reasoning section. However, if you know what […]

Negating Conditional Statements in Logical Reasoning

A common technique for solving LSAT Logical Reasoning questions (particularly, Necessary Assumption questions) is to negate each of the answer choices. The correct answer choice, when negated, destroys the argument by preventing the conclusion from logically following from the evidence. Sometimes, answer choices contain conditional statements, rather than simply containing a single clause. The proper […]

5 Steps to Solving Weaken Logical Reasoning Questions

What do you do when you see a Weaken Logical Reasoning question, aside from hiding under your bed? Weaken questions don’t have to be tough, although they can seem that way at first. Unless you frequently engage in structured debates, you’re probably used to fixing things and making them better – not breaking them and […]

5 Steps to Solving Strengthen Logical Reasoning Questions

What do you do when you see a Strengthen Logical Reasoning question? Remember that Logical Reasoning makes up half the exam, and Strengthen Logical Reasoning questions are common. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you solve them. 1. Recognize that it’s a Strengthen question. Some strengthen question stems: “Which one of the following, if true, […]

Necessary Assumption Question: The Rattlesnake Folktale

Let’s look at one of my favorite Logical Reasoning questions: the Rattlesnake Folktale question. It’s PrepTest 30 – December 1999 LSAT, Section 2, Question 22 – page 60 in Next 10. We know this is a necessary assumption question because it says “which one of the following is an assumption the argument requires?” I can’t […]

How to Ace LSAT Logical Reasoning | 7 Habits

1. Analyze the stimulus for structure, NOT content.Break apart stimulus into evidence, conclusion, filler, counterpremise, etc. It’s about the stimulus’ structure and whether or not it’s valid, not the stimulus’ topic.   2. Have an “eagle eye” for details.Read EVERY word in the stimulus and answer choices carefully. Many of the wrong answer choices are […]

Informal Logic by Douglas Walton | Excerpt

The following excerpt about the correlation-causation fallacy is from Professor Douglas Walton’s Informal Logic: A Pragmatic Approach. A study published in the journal Nature on May 13, 1999, found that babies who slept with a night-light on had an increased chance of developing myopia (nearsightedness) later in life. A subsequent study, co-authored by Professor Karla Zadnik of the […]