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LSAT Topics

by Chris Blake

The LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, is an important part of the law school admissions process. The questions on the test are designed to measure proficiency in verbal reasoning and reading skills and allow law schools to assess applicants. The LSAT is made up of five 35-minute tests that consist of multiple-choice questions and a 35-minute writing sample that is not scored but will be sent to schools with your test results.

Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning portion is made up of two sections that require you to read a short passage and demonstrate your legal reasoning skills by answering a question. This section will test your ability to evaluate and analyze complex pieces of writing in everyday language. To be successful, you will have to sufficiently demonstrate your understanding of reasoning by analogy and your ability to draw well-supported conclusions, apply principles or legal rules and identify flaws in an argument.

Analytical Reasoning

Sometimes known as "logic games," the analytical reasoning section consists of four logic problems that require you to answer a series of five to eight questions pertaining to each. For example, a question may provide you with seven piano students and ask that you determine in what order each student will play in a recital. You will be given specific instructions such as, "Student X cannot play first or second" and "Student Y cannot play until after Student X," and you will have to draw logical conclusions using the data to determine the answer. Drawing diagrams and charts using the provided data will help you come up with the most logical answer in this section.

Reading Comprehension

This section of the LSAT requires you to read four passages on particular topics and then answer several questions about each. As with other reading-comprehension tests, you will be required to display your knowledge of understanding about the tone, conclusion, meaning and organization of the passage. This section is the easiest to study for, because the LSAT uses a limited pool of question types. This will allow you to practice reading to answer the question types you know you'll see.

Writing Sample

You will be allotted 30 minutes to write an essay on a topic assigned at the time of the test. Your essay will demonstrate your ability to take a certain side in an argument. An example of an essay you may see on your LSAT would require you to determine what a city should decide to do with a decommissioned military base and whether to develop it into a business complex or convert it to the park using information provided on the test. In this case, the city wants to address a growing budget deficit and increase the amount of parkland.

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