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How to Study for LSAT Logical Reasoning

The Logical Reasoning section on the LSAT is hands down the most important section on the exam. It’s 50% of the test. Put it another way, if you struggle with logical reasoning questions, it’s hard to come away with a good result. The upside is that if you can consistently score high on this section, your scores are going to be higher as well.

So, how do you study for the logical reasoning? Check out the basics of logical reasoning first. If you have the basics down, read on.

Tip #1: Know the Different types of Logical Reasoning Questions

There are 15 types of Logical Reasoning questions. Luckily for you, not all of these questions were created equal. The three most common question types take up 45% of the logical reasoning portion, while the 7 most common questions take up roughly 75% of the logical reasoning section.

The law of diminishing returns applies here. You’re probably not going to need to figure out all 15 types of logical reasoning questions. You might as well get good at the most common ones, and then start working on the less common ones.

Tip #2: Figure out how to spot each kind of question

Now that you know what kinds of questions are going to be on the exam, figure out how to spot what type of question you’re dealing with. This is something that will take a little bit of time, but with some repetition, you’ll be able to get really good at noticing what kind of question you’re dealing with in less than a second. That will leave you with lots of time to attack the question.

Tip #3: Memorize how to attack each question

Every type of logical reasoning question has a specific way to attack it. Here are some good resources in helping you attack the most common kinds of logical reasoning questions. Once you know what you’re dealing with, and you know how to recognize them, all you need to do is have a system for attacking them. Luckily for you, there’s a specific way to attack each kind of question. The best thing you can do is slowly go through the strategy for a type of question until it becomes second nature, and then move on to the next one.

Tip #4: Reading comprehension is more important than you think

Finally, don’t overlook what’s actually written in the questions. After you get really good at attacking these questions, you’re going to start blowing through the questions. I’d wager a lot of money that you’re going to start missing questions because you miss a word here or there.

So, the last thing you need to do is time yourself, so you can devote the same amount of time to each question. This will allow you to read them at a steady pace, and hopefully keep your reading mistakes at a minimum.


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