THE LSAT IN GENERAL

 

         Hello. I am still working on specific articles relating to different aspects of the LSAT, but for now I can at least provide some general concepts that will help you prepare.

 

         The LSAT is not rocket science, but it is hard. It is my belief that any intelligent person can walk into the testing room without studying and make a decent score, the only problem is that the people you are competing against have likely been studying their brains out for months using professionally prepared practice tests that give them the advantage of knowing what to expect. I do suggest that you use practice tests available for purchase or those that are free online, but that is not the point of this article. This segment is designed to give you a rough idea of how well you might perform without practicing, and subsequently, what skills you will need to work on.

 

         To perform well on the test, all you really need to be is someone who is well read, a logical thinker, and able to perform under pressure. The reason these qualities are needed is because of the multiple types of sub-tests within the LSAT that are designed to alternately push your vocabulary beyond its limits, make the reasoning side of your brain collapse from fatigue, and push your general stamina as far as it can go.

 

VOCABULRY: If you expect to do well on the LSAT, you need to have a deep vocabulary. You will encounter hundreds of words that you have seen few times, if at all. Hell, to this day I believe some of the words I encountered on the test were made up, which was the point I believe. For example, one of the sub-tests on my LSAT was a multiple choice format asking me to look at a huge word that I have never seen and then choose what I thought was the best definition of the word. Something like "destratavarious", as an example. Then, based on the prefix, suffix, and general sense of the word, I had to choose whether this word was an example of a geological formation, musical instrument, or type of cloud. (This is purely a made-up example).
 

Despite the fact that I am a very well read person, and have a long history of reading dense texts, I had never seen these words that I was asked to define. But even though I didn't know the words, I still walked away with a respectable score. It is all about your ability to mentally regurgitate the nuances of vocabulary that you have picked up over time.

 

REASONING: Some sub-tests will test your reasoning ability to the point that your brain will hurt. You will be provided with a paragraph or paragraphs of a densely worded story that is hard enough to read, and even harder to think about. Then you will have to answer several pointed questions about these readings, which require that you were able to pick out the key points and are able to logically connect them in order to arrive at the logical solution.

 

LOGIC GAMES: I will have to come back to this section. As I didn't study for the LSAT before taking it, I was woefully unaware what I was getting into with these "games", and let me tell you, I have successfully blanked them out of my memory. They were definitely NOT games. 

 

         There it is. All you need to do is read a LOT and work on your deductive reasoning skills. As soon as I get time, I will provide more in-depth articles which will help prepare you for each individual sub-test.