Confusing sufficient with necessary is the LSAT’s most common flaw, but this one is close on its heels. If you can master these two issues, you’ve probably nailed 1/3 of the questions on the LSAT’s logical reasoning.
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Most LSAT books tend to define “sufficient” by using the word “necessary,” and then define the word “necessary” by using the word “sufficient.” This is shitty teaching, plain and simple, because a student would never be able to understand one term without already understanding the other term. Don’t worry, this concept is a lot easier than you might think. It’s really just common sense.
Just because you have to read all five choices on Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension doesn’t mean you have to like them. As a matter of fact, you should probably hate most of them.
This one’s simple, but critically important for LSAT Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. After you’ve done all the work of arguing with the speaker and predicting an answer based on question type, it’s tragic to miss a question because you simply didn’t read all five answers.
My sixth excerpt from “Introducing the LSAT” talks about a huge difference between LSAT experts and LSAT novices. Folks who are bad at the test usually spend way too much time comparing all five answer choices against one another. It’s an understandable mistake… the answer choices have to be a good place to look for the answer, right? Well, not really.
No matter what type of question you’re looking at on the LSAT’s Logical Reasoning, it’s critical that you argue with what you’re reading. But that’s only half the battle. Once you’ve argued with the speaker, and made sure you’ve comprehended what they’re saying, it’s critical to figure out what kind of question you’re dealing with. There’s no point in looking at the answers until you know what you’re looking for.
Commandment Four is the second-most valuable thing I can teach you about the Logic Games… the critical importance of answering the questions with 100% certainty.
Commandment Three is the most important thing I can teach you about the LSAT’s Logic Games. If you’d just do this one thing, I am certain that your scores on the Games would dramatically improve.
Students tend to make the LSAT a lot harder than it actually is, but a little basic wisdom can dramatically simplify things. Over the next two weeks, I’ll publish my “Intentionally Blasphemous Ten Commandments.” Commandment One: Thou Shalt Not Rush.