LSAT Training

LSAT training that combines rigorous test practice, close evaluation of performance, and corresponding improvements and adjustments tends to improve scores. The more disciplined and extended the training (e.g., for months rather than weeks), the more ambitious the score increases.

My students and I take advantage of a wide range of resources and practice materials, depending upon their goals and needs. Below is a broad framework outlining how we proceed in each of the three LSAT section types.

Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)
  • Learn and recognize game types
  • Establish consistent and complete notation for known game types
  • Practice individual game types, focusing on honing:
    • Setup - Initial roster and main diagram
    • Deductions - Identifying and notating rules-based deductions
    • Linchpin rule scenario limitation - Identifying critical rules that result in significantly limited possibilities for all or parts of the game
    • Pacing - Streamlining and accelerating standard tasks
Logical Reasoning (Arguments)
  • The largest and most score-critical component of the LSAT
  • Learn and recognize question types
  • Learn and establish consistent notation for formal logic questions
  • Study and recognize standard wrong-answer designs on each question type
  • Practice pacing
Reading Comprehension
  • Often considered the easiest of the LSAT components, but not for those with reading weaknesses
  • Practice active and deliberate reading, honing:
    • Focus - Unremitting attention to the passage and its details and meaning
    • Reasoning - Active envisioning of and reasoning about the text's points and their connections to each other
    • Recall - Ability to remember and reason about text points even before returning to the text to confirm or fine-tune
    • Passage anatomy recognition - Ongoing attention to the passage's overall structure and the function of each paragraph or part