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Knowing how to identify and diagram conditional relationships is necessary for doing well on the LSAT (That is, If Do Well on LSAT -> Know how to Diagram); they are seen throughout Logical Reasoning and many of the most confusing rules in Logic Games are often conditional. If you misrepresent one of these rules, it is quite literally game over.
Learning to diagram properly may be difficult at first, and rightly so, as you’re essentially learning a new language, that of logic, but if you master this vital skill early in class you’ll have an excellent foundation for understanding future, more difficult concepts. Below are a number of harder conditional diagramming drills to help you learn this vitally important skill. Try and diagram every conditional relationship you encounter and infer any supported conclusions.
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Last week, our LSAT practice quiz dealt with logic games. Stepping up to the plate for LSAT practice this week: Logical reasoning.
LR is the most consistent section from test to test and makes up 50 percent of your LSAT score. Thus, your LSAT practice should focus largely on mastering this section. The majority of the questions revolve around only a few concepts – arguments, validity and fallacies. If you can master these concepts during LSAT practice, proficiency with most question types will follow.
Below are a couple of original LR questions. Some do not have answer choices. This is to force you to anticipate – just another form of LSAT practice.
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At this point, you’re hopefully well on your way to crushing the October LSAT. If you’re like most people, the 6000 or so questions released by LSAC will be more than enough to get you to an awesome LSAT score. But sometimes people end up doing all 6000 LSAT questions and still need more. If this has happened to you, maybe you just studied a lot harder and faster than you thought, and ran out prematurely. Or maybe you took the LSAT, bombed it, and are now retaking it, but are quickly running out of unseen questions. For whatever reason, this is a pretty common thing that happens to people, but isn’t as much of an actual problem as you might think.
First of all, think about that number – 6000.
Perhaps the best thing about the LSAT (besides, of course, for the fact that a good score can redeem four years of drunken revelry in college, never once stepping foot in a library, and attending more football games and frat parties in a semester than actual classes) is that studying for it (properly, that is) will transform you from a gullible believer of all manner of fanciful claims, into a fallacy-finding machine. Once you learn what makes an argument valid (remember the force, Luke) and the common ways an argument can go wrong (you have reviewed lesson 6 right? Good. Now do it again. Yes, it’s that important), you start finding flaws everywhere – much to your friends’ dismay. Don’t think of the logical skills you acquire in LSAT study as applying solely to the narrow realm of the LSAT; you encounter countless arguments in everyday life, many of which are horribly flawed. You just don’t realize it yet. Read Entire Article…
The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and people across the land are missing all of it because they’re staying indoors, studying for hours on end. The season of the LSAT is upon us. You might not get to experience much of this spring, but there’ll be time enough for leisure in the park when you’re a handsomely-paid lawyer. Now is the time for LSAT study.
As you probably know by now, conditional statements are one of the most common things you’ll run across on the LSAT. At first, these can be terribly difficult to understand. One of the reasons for this is that there are so many different ways to express a conditional statement.
Aug 5, 2011 - 4:56 pm - By Colin Elzie
If you’re at the beginning of your LSAT odyssey (and a bunch of you no doubt are), then you’re just learning about implication questions. That is, you’re examining the techniques to tackle questions where the correct answer choice is based on what can or cannot be logically proven by the stimulus.
This is the first place where many get tripped up. They fight the stimulus. The stimulus will say that “all people who drink beer wear pants,” but just last weekend a friend of theirs drank lots of beer and (you guessed it) hastily disrobed. You cannot take this attitude into an implication question and expect to do well (no matter how entertaining your drunk friends are).
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In this week’s sample logical reasoning question, Riley examines the case of the Los Angeles Shakers, and the fundamental disagreements between the team’s owner, Dr. Bus, and the team’s star player, Kohby. Should they get the 7 foot giant from Orlando, or should they get the young point guard who can speed up the offense? One thing they certainly agree upon is that in the wake of that embarrassing loss in the playoffs, shakeups need to be made, and now it’s just a matter of figuring out what needs to happen. Check out the keynote explanation and text of the question after the jump.
May 12, 2011 - 12:30 am - By Todd
While working through a particularly difficult slew of questions with my lovely class the other night, I noticed a few things. First, nothing gets a crowd pumped like a discussion of fractal geometry. Second, and more pertinent to our discussion here, students have a hard time knowing when they should question the truth of different claims made on the LSAT.
After some spirited discussion intertwined with some personal insults, we came around to one big distinction. There are facts, and then there is everything else.
If Sally is better looking than Margaret, you can’t infer that Sally is good looking. She could easily resemble Shrek and still be better looking than Margaret. However, you also can’t conclude that Margaret looks like a wildebeast. Margaret might be the second best looking Victoria’s Secret model. Right behind Sally, of course.
If Walter receives a better grade on his biology exam than he did on his calculus exam, he could have received an A+, a C, or an F. The general population generally believes that rocky road ice cream tastes better than broccoli, but does that mean that everyone loves rocky road ice cream? Not necessarily.