Ep. 124: It’s Like Eating A Mirage

Even though the weather is giving him a rare break from the icy cold, Ben is in the depths of grade-school bureaucracy. But that doesn’t stop the guys from finishing—that’s right, finishing— responding to the backlog of listener email.

3:00 – Email 1—Ravinder wants to know how much donation payola would they (or the Thinking LSAT community) need to donate in order to have the guys cover some fresh LR questions on the show. Ben does some quick back-of-an-envelope math to figure out what LSAC would charge, and the news isn’t great. Alas, Ravinder, covering one question would be pricey, and that’s IF LSAC would permit such coverage on a podcast. Chances are, LSAC doesn’t even know what a podcast is, so we’re not too optimistic about the prospect. Ravinder goes on to say some kind words about the show and how adopting Thinking LSAT pearls of wisdom has improved their score by a bunch.

11:54 – Email 2—Liz is busy studying—really, really intensely studying—for the LSAT. And she wants more resources but she’s strapped for cash. She’s purchased 40 practice tests and a number of books, including Nathan’s Introducing the LSAT, and now she wants to know how to make the most of the resources she does have. Take untimed sections and then move to timed? Learn all the question types before diving in? What to do? The guys weigh in with advice on how to best study, and what to do with those 40 tests in the six months leading up to the June LSAT.

24:59 – Email 3—A splitter writes in with a 2.92 GPA and 173 LSAT score. Their question is simple. What are their chances of getting a seat at a top school, even if it’s full price? The guys direct our split friend to the LSAT GPA calculator, which will give you all the info you need.

27:43 – Email 4—How apropos, dear listeners! A surprise email catches Nathan and Ben mid-show about the very topic of acceptance rates for splitters. They too had a sub 3.0 GPA and a 170+ LSAT score. And guess what—they’re doing pretty well. Acceptance at Georgetown and UVA (congrats, anon!), and scholarships up to 100% at other schools. Pretty great, right? Anon’s message to all those splitters out there is to stop worrying, and start working towards your best LSAT score.

With that in mind, the guys come back to our Hopeful Splitter in Email 3 and let them know how to best spend the next 9 months before applying to law schools in the fall.

33:39 – Email 5—Remember Splitty from the last episode? The one with the wildly fantastic resume? Well they write in to let the guys know what they think about the guys poking fun at their life. Plus, Ben and Nathan share some thoughts on how to streamline your resume.  

38:03 – Email 6—Trace is gearing up for the February LSAT. And they’ve got some questions. One: on the games section, they want to know what the guys recommend when tackling a rule substitution question. Two: Trace has been practicing one section per day and one practice test per weekend, but time is getting short ahead of the February test. They want to know if mastering the hardest LR questions will help them improve on LR overall. The guys dive into rule substitution questions and weigh in on what Trace should do regarding LR. They also have a lively conversation about ice-cream flavor superiority.  


  1. Yo, its Dion again, checking in bruddahs. So yall were wild n’ out about Halo. I think that stuff delishous especially the peanut butter one or even the mint chip one. They been coming out with mad flavors recently and most of them good although some of them bad. But yall cant make a blanket statement about all halo top because of one you tried yourself that tasted like mirages in the dessert. that is one of those LR flaws I been learning and i think its the bigger piece of the pie compared to a slice one flaw. Just so you know.

    Quick update for yall on my progress. I been breaking into the 150s with my diagnostics. I be movin on up fellahs but I feel that it wouldnt be possible without yalls help and motivations. Especially you nate, you been making me want to prove all the nay sayers wrong. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication but its definitley worth it in the end because I came from the bottom now im all the way up here! For those of you in the 130-140 range yall can do it just bust ass and be patient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1. To each his own, but that stuff is NOT ice cream and I think it’s sad. I think they should be required to sell it in a differently shaped container to avoid any confusion.

      Congratulations on your improvement so far. Don’t forget to strictly time yourself… if you go over the 35 minutes, your diagnostic no longer counts.




  2. I’m prepping for the LSAT and I’m supposed to graduate college this spring, but now I need to take a gap year for issues outside of my control. I’m wondering, instead of taking 5 classes to finish next quarter, if I should slow down my grad track to focus on LSAT prep this spring and just finish school in the fall? I have no reason not to do this, other than the hollow feeling that washes over me when I think about coming back to this campus next year, but it strikes me as the most logical option. What would Ben and Nathan do?


    1. At this point in the cycle, you should be getting your applications in before Halloween 2018 for admission the following (2019) fall. If you don’t have better things to do during the “gap,” you could definitely go to school for one more quarter… you could even skip the fall, and graduate in the spring. The costs are tuition, living expenses, and the opportunity cost of not working or traveling or whatever else you might do that year.


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