Episode 25: LSAT Questions from Listeners

We’re back from winter break with answers to LSAT questions from listeners, and some exciting news about an upcoming project!

This year, we are writing a Logic Games book, which we believe, will will be the best resource available for that LSAT section. The book will contain 54 Logic Games with detailed explanations on how each one is completed. We’ll be distributing free chapters in spring and summer, and will be looking for people to read the book and write a few reviews. If you want to help us with that, sign up for the email newsletter and watch for more information.

In this week’s podcast, we answer several questions from listeners, including:

  1. Is there any way to prepare for the experimental section of the LSAT?
  2. What’s the best way to deal with post-LSAT stress?
  3. How is the LSAT score scaled?
  4. What’s the best way to answer the following questions: must be true; necessary assumptions; and sufficient assumptions?
  5. Is it realistic to go from a LSAT score of 160 to 170 in three weeks?

Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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5 Comments


  1. Hi Ben and Nathan!

    I absolutely love your podcast and find your brutally honest and professional opinions very valuable. I am currently a second semester junior, and plan on taking the June LSAT. I have started to prep by reading the Logical Reasoning Bible and doing timed sections. However, if I am not satisfied with my June score I plan on taking it again in Sep./Oct. The problem is that I will be studying abroad next fall semester in Brussels and the test is not administered there. I could take it in Paris or Munich, but should I even consider this an option? Would taking the LSAT abroad be significantly different than taking in the States? I am from Southern California and have never been abroad, so I don’t know exactly what to expect. I would just like to hear both of your inputs on taking the LSAT abroad.
    Thanks in advance, and thank you for doing this podcast out of the goodness of your hearts.

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    1. Hi J.J.,

      Thanks for listening. I’m glad the podcast is helpful. In short, no, I don’t think there’s any real difference. I’ve heard some interesting stories about far-off places, but not Paris or Munich. From what I understand, the test will be like the February LSAT in that it’s not disclosed. In other words, when you get your score back, you won’t see your actual test or the answers you chose. You’ll just get a score and that’s it. Unless you really want to see all that, I don’t think it’s a big deal. It’s still a valid, standardized LSAT. I don’t know what Nathan thinks, but it sounds like a good backup plan to me, if you don’t mind traveling from Brussels right before the test.

      Best, Ben

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      1. Hi Ben,

        Thanks for your response. That’s great! I feel much better about it now that I have your approval.
        Keep up the good work!

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    2. Nathan/Ben,

      Thanks so much for the Podcast. It has been really helpful in a lot of ways. I have a nagging question that I just can’t seem to find an answer to. With regards to conditional statements on the LR sections (Suff. and Nec. Assumption mostly), when should we be drawing out those conditional statements while doing the questions? J.Y. over at 7Sage teaches to draw them out with every conditional statement and with every Sufficient and Necessary Assumption question. Any thoughts on this? I find it helpful at times, but the more I use it, the less I think critically about the argument and turn into a robot. When did you guys ever draw out the conditional statements, if ever. Thanks!!

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      1. Hi Baker,

        Thanks for listening!

        I’m surprised J.Y. suggests diagramming every conditional statement. I don’t diagram very often, and when I do, I usually diagram only the passage and the two answer choices I’m debating, if at all.

        You’re exactly right about becoming a robot. Diagramming turns that LR question into a game, almost. We think less about what is being said, and more about the variables. That can be a life-saver for some questions, but for many, it just messes with you.

        When I do diagram questions, the passage is almost always short, full of conditional statements (not just one), and already abstract. If, on the other hand, I can understand the passage without diagramming, I won’t unless I can’t choose between two answers and diagramming would help. That often happens in parallel reasoning or parallel flaw questions that are loaded with formal logic.

        Also, diagramming is usually constrained to must be true, sufficient assumption, and parallel reasoning questions — rarely necessary assumption questions. That’s it. But that doesn’t mean, as I’ve been saying, that I diagram all of those questions that have conditional statements. That’d be a waste of time, in my opinion.

        In that light, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that J.Y.’s suggestions are more nuanced than you remember. But maybe not. Thanks for asking.

        I hope this helps!

        Ben

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