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Preparing for the LSAT

If you're considering going into law school, then you'll need to be prepared to take the LSAT exam. The SAT is a standardized test that is required of students that are applying to law school. According to Peterson's, the LSAT is broken down in this manner:

The two Logical Reasoning sections assess your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments. You will not only have to determine whether arguments are strong or weak, you'll also have to understand precisely why they are so.

The Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) section assesses your skills in basic logic, including deductive reasoning and finding structure within organized data. These games are of the type "Alan, Beatrice, Carmel, and David all buy flowers. There are five different types of flowers: germanium...". Some games require matching skills, others require sequencing skills, and still others will require both.

The Reading Comprehension section presents scholarly passages and assesses your ability to identify main ideas and details, make inferences, and make extrapolations.

The Experimental section will look like any other section. You will not be able to determine which section is the experimental section, and should not try to do so.

The Writing Sample assesses your ability to argue one position over another, supporting one position while knocking down the other. This section is not graded, but the essay is sent to law schools to aid in the admission process.

The overall score of the LSAT is a number from 120 to 180. Students also receive a percentile rating in addition to their overall score. The LSAT score results can be huge determinants in whether or not a student is accepted into law school.



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