Archive for the ‘Main Conclusion Questions’ Category
Go ahead and read the argument for Section 2, number 10 of the June 2007 LSAT. The question asks “Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main conclusion of the argument?” As I’ve said before, it’s critical that you predict the answer choice on a main conclusion question in advance. So stop before you look at the answer choices and try to make a prediction. Hint: There’s one word in the argument itself that is an awfully big clue. Can you find it?
The LSAC charges for the use of its released tests, but it makes one fairly recent exam available for free: June 2007. Before you do anything else, you should go grab yourself a copy of that test. We’re going to do it together, you and me.
Since the best way to learn is by making mistakes, I strongly recommend you attempt the questions and games on your own before reading my explanations. It’s probably easiest to start with Logical Reasoning, since they are bite-sized. So go ahead and see if you can answer Section II, Question 1 on your own now. It might take you as much as five minutes. Here’s what I mean by “answer the question”:
1) Carefully read the argument you are presented.
2) Argue with that argument… most arguments on the LSAT are bullshit! See if you can find something wrong with the argument.
3) Read the question you are being asked to answer.
4) See if you can predict the answer before you look at the answer choices.
5) Pick the best of the five answer choices. If you find your prediction, that’s probably the answer. If you can’t find your prediction, then eliminate the truly horrible answers first, and if you’re left with just one answer then that’s probably it. If you’re left with two decent answers, then pick the better of the two.
Ready? Okay, go. When you think you’ve got an answer, come back.