Episode 65: NSFW

…JK. Episode 65 is no less safe for work than any other episode of Thinking LSAT. We do appreciate hearing about all of you that seem to be listening to this podcast at the office instead of, say, writing invoices or reading memos or playing Pokemon Go.

We begin this episode by sharing a news item that features an uncharacteristically generous new refund policy from the LSAC. The wording of said policy is, however, very characteristically convoluted. Check out the fine print here while we admire the LSAC’s commitment to obscurity. (4:50)

Brian, a listener who recently earned a very impressive 171 on the LSAT, vows to never set eyes upon the test again. We hear you, Brian. He asks us to speculate on his chances of admittance to a top law school with his awesome 171 and a 2.9 GPA. Nathan refuses to play fortune teller and instead directs all such queries to the LSAT/GPA Calculator. Try this tool for yourself to see the chances of getting into the law school of your dreams. (10:55)

A lengthy email from Rachel covers a plethora of LSAT and law school related questions and we cover as much ground as we can in response. Included in her letter are queries about studying old LSATs, using a free app to prepare, whether or not she should study in a distracting environment, and if her understanding of sufficient vs. necessary conditions is correct; unfortunately, Rachel, it isn’t. We set her straight on these conditions and offer free resources to help even more, including Nathan’s blog posts on sufficient and necessary. (23:48)

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  1. Hey Guys, (sorry for the lengthy post in advance)
    I am about 7 weeks into studying for the September test. Up to this point I have been training for Logical Reasoning doing untimed sections or drills, and specific questions occasionally based off of my weaknesses. This week I began doing timed LR sections, and, let’s just say, my score slipped significantly. Doing untimed work, I was missing roughly 4-6 questions per section (which would take me 40 minutes per), but this week I have missed anywhere from 10-14 per section doing timed work, which I have been finishing under the 35 minutes. I feel like I have a solid grasp of the concepts of the LR section, but my scores this week say otherwise..
    My question for you guys is this: am I just overthinking the timing aspect of this section? Should I skip some of the more difficult questions, thus giving me more time to be sure to get the moderate ones correct? Or, do I just have to allow myself to adjust to the pressure (I think) I put on myself doing it timed, and get used to moving at a quicker pace?… Change up my studying techniques?.. etc.
    My scores for LG and CR are where I want them to be.. but this week I have just simply struggled with LR. Any advice you guys could offer me wiht this problem would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks

    Ps.. Nathan I have your LR book (which is awesome for working on specific question weaknesses)… Could you think of anything I could do with the book to improve speed or confidence?

    Thanks again.. now I’m done 🙂

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    1. Hi Kent, that’s very common. I would just slow down and try to increase your accuracy. Focus on how many LR questions are you getting right out of the ones you’re doing in 35 minutes. Once you can get 15 out of 16 or 16 out of 16, then try to answer more questions in the 35 minutes. In general, don’t skip around. Just do the first 16 questions or the first 18 or whatever. That number just depends on many questions you can do in 35 minutes without losing your accuracy. Overtime, as your accuracy increases, increase how many questions you answer in 35 minutes. You got this! Ben

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