Episode 23: An Interview with Matt Sherman of Manhattan LSAT

Matt Sherman with Manhattan LSAT in San Diego joins Nathan and Ben to answer listeners’ questions about the LSAT. Some of the topics they address are:

  • Should you spend time making inferences on pure sequencing games; and which types of inferences should you make before going on to the questions?
  • What should you do if you don’t see the answer you predicted? Should you panic or have an open mind when reviewing the answer choices?
  • What should you do about main point questions and matching flaw questions (i.e. whether to read all five answer choices)?
  • How to answer the first question in the Games section, and how many times students should review the rules to assure they’re not missing anything.

Matt also addresses a question from Keaton, a Thinking LSAT listener, who asks whether his work experience and GPA have an impact on law school admission decisions.

Nathan, Ben and Matt also discuss what students should do in the last few weeks before the December LSAT; specifically how to improve your score on the Games section.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.


  1. I have not been able to find the pdf Matt mentions on Law School used of GPA and LSAT score. BUT, this tool burried in the LSAC site gives in depth info and probabilities with 95 percent confidence of getting into each ABA school,based on your GPA and LSAT. You can use it to look at T14 schools and beyond. It helps most when you look at two schools that might seen “comparable” in terms of rigor of admission. This tool can decipher between them whether they focus more on LSAT or GPA. Perhaps helping you plan ahead for which comparable school you might have a good shot at.

    A good example of comparable schools with quite different interpretations of GPA and LSAT are Emory and Vanderbilt. Two top 20s but non T14 schools.

    Here is the link:




    1. Thanks, Chase! This is very helpful.

      Here’s the PDF Matt mentions, as least from 2014:

      Index Formulas

      And here’s the example Matt gave us:

      Compare two students applying to Berkeley:

      Applicant A has a 3.0 GPA and a 172 LSAT.
      Applicant B has a 3.5 GPA and a 167 LSAT.

      Because Berkeley gives more weight to the GPA, applicant B has the higher index number:

      Applicant A: 228.747
      Applicant B: 236.135

      Berkeley’s index formula is 0.871x(LSAT) + 23.487x(GPA) + 8.474.

      Because different schools use different formulas, applicant A might have a higher index number at a school that gives more weight to the LSAT.


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