Advanced Conditional Reasoning on the LSAT (Ep. 188)

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Some go both ways: if some lawyers are assholes, then some assholes are lawyers. With advanced conditional reasoning statements, things can get tricky, fast. The guys walk through advanced conditional reasoning and share how they approach some of the trickiest questions on the latest LSAT FUNdamental. Plus, Ben shares a personal goal he’s striving toward that reminds him of LSAT prep, the guys shred a personal statement, and we get some more behind-the-scenes info about another prep company’s recruiting efforts.

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5:07 – Ben’s Murph

While all y’all are sorting out whether Cathy sits ahead of Mark on Wednesday vs. Thursday, Ben’s also working towards a goal of his own. But it’s not a 180 on the LSAT. It’s a feat of physical endurance. Tune in to hear the workout Ben’s participating in just one week before the June LSAT.

9:19 – LSAT FUNdamentals – Advanced Conditional Reasoning

Conditionals are one thing, but what happens when you start linking conditional statements together? It can feel like things get gnarly fast. But the reality is that if you break down this type of logical reasoning to the sentence level, it’s not that complicated. Today’s FUNdamental is all about advanced conditional reasoning, and here are some takeaways:  

The guys define conditional vocabulary

None = Zero

Some = At least one

Most = More than half

Not all = everything except 100%

All = 100%

  • Visualize these conditions as actual round numbers—if “most” of the dogs in a kennel are black, visualize 10 dogs, and then note that at least 6 are black.
  • "Some" goes both ways: if some lawyers are assholes, then some assholes are lawyers.
  • "Most" reduces to "some," but can’t go both ways. Most cats are gray could be true, but it does not follow that most gray things are cats. However, most cats are gray does mean that some gray things are cats. “All” also follows this pattern.
  • When conditional statements are linked, they take on additional properties—if you read carefully and use common sense, you’ll be able to understand these with ease.
  • Don’t diagram—that’s not the best way to solve these problems.

32:06 – Pearls vs. Turds

Today’s Ps vs. Ts comes courtesy of Grass Mudhorse (@seamancan – Twitter) who found some LSAT advice while cruising the Reddit LSAT forum. Said recommendation urges test preppers to improve their RC skills by reading faster than they’re capable of until their “brain catches up” and the speed reading becomes “more comfortable.” It almost goes without saying that the guys throw this one into the turd bin, but they do try to find some merit in words that otherwise sound like a prescription from doctors in A Clockwork Orange.

41:04 – Personal Statement Slice and Dice

Ari asks the guys for some help with the final section of his personal statement. But what ensues is a full-on Thinking LSAT style critique. Ari’s essay, while well written, isn’t well-suited for a law school application. The guys offer constructive feedback for Ari and provide some pro tips to anyone penning their personal statement.  

1:16:39 – A Kaplan Recruitment Email

Veronica took a Kaplan practice test and landed a 161. Not too shabby, right? Kaplan definitely didn’t think so. In fact, Kaplan reached out to offer Veronica a job as an elite-scoring Kaplan tutor. The guys read through Kaplan’s email and guffaw at its contents.