Ep. 120: Back to the LSAT

Welcome to 2018, dear listeners. Nathan and Ben ring in the new year by answering a few LSAT questions on air. By popular demand, the guys tackle logical-reasoning and reading-comprehension questions from the June 2007 LSAT. Of course, you’ll get this same kind of in-depth look at LSAT problem-solving when you take Ben’s free online LSAT course, or Nathan’s free online LSAT course.

2:49 – LR Question 1—The guys kickoff the show with a later LR question—#24 from section three of the June 2007 LSAT. It’s a Strengthen question in which a sociologist posits that silly romantics who claim that us humans aren’t born evil (it’s the institutions we make that render us so)—they’re dead wrong. Nathan and Ben discuss each line of the question and implement the most valuable strategy of all: taking one’s time.

19:10 – LR Question 2—Next up, the guys tackle question #25 from the same section, regarding the survival of Australopithecus Afarensis. Nathan points out that this question introduces the LSAT’s most common flaw, and it’s something you’ll see on every LSAT. Tune in to find out what it is.

34:50 – RC Question 1—Moving right along to section four. The guys jump back in where they left off episodes upon episodes ago with passage number three: the one about the World. Wide. Web. Thinking LSAT crew, are you ready? Take a trip back in time to see what the LSAC found concerning about copyright law as it pertained to referencing (and linking) 3rd party content in your own work on the web. Considering that’s what the entire landscape of today’s use of the internet looks like, it’s pretty amusing. Ben and Nathan go over how to quickly pick apart the passage through predictive reading. How to home in on the main point. And how to slay incorrect answer choices with lightning speed. They hit all of the questions for this RC passage, so you’ll get an in-depth look at how they each approach reading passages.

3 Comments


  1. Hi friends,

    Can I ask a small question unrelated to this episode? I took the December LSAT and due to a bubbling error which sadly bled into my performance on the 5th section, I scored 10 points below my recent 10 PT average. I was disappointed but I’m committed to retaking in June or September and waiting a year to start law school.

    My question is regarding a strategy moving forward. I’ve taken every test from the 40s and up and selectively picked through every other test all the way down to 1. I’ve completed both a Testmasters and Manhattan course and I own an embarrassing amount of LSAT material from Nathan’s LR and games books to Powerscore bibles and beyond (Nathan, your LR book is a gift to the world).

    I was already PT’ing in the low 170’s from an initial starting score in the mid 140’s so now I feel as though I have an opportunity to score even higher with the time I have in front of me. Should I just start doing a timed section a day + review and leave it at that? Should I revisit the Manhattan course with a fine toothed comb? I’ve already spent so much money that tutoring is not an option and I’m concerned that my overabundance of time and material might lead to a waste of an opportunity to spin my bubbling incident into scholarship gold.

    Any advice?

    Reply

    1. That is disappointing, but I’m glad that you’re committed to taking it again. That’s the right move.

      If you’re already scoring so well, why not take it in February to get your current practice scores on record? You have two days to register. I’d take it in February. In the next month, I’d work on 35-minute sections from tests that you haven’t seen, and then incorporate modern tests (that you haven’t looked at in a while) into your test schedule.

      If you get an awesome score in February, you’re done. If not, you can take it again in June. But it seems like you’re really close, so I wouldn’t drag it out.

      Reply

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