The LSAT is a notoriously hard exam.
And if you're here you want to know what the 80/20 of the LSAT is.
The biggest points of improvement.
The most important areas to focus on.
Let's dive right into it.
First of all, you should already have some prep books with sample questions. These are a must.
But we're sure you already knew that.
The Logic Games Section
The Logic Games section is notoriously the hardest section to figure out, but the easiest one to improve on with lots of practice.
There is a limited number of question formats they can have, so if you do enough practice problems you should see the patterns and know how to solve each one.
However, just seeing those patterns isn't enough.
You have to be able to:
- Quickly determine the type of question you're facing
- Determine what process to use
- Have a way to maintain the crucial information (either in your head or on paper)
- All within the 1.5-2 minutes you can dedicate to each question.
Easy, right? 😉
We recommend focusing on finding the patterns first and then focusing on speed. Trying to focus on both at the same time is a bit much.
Reading faster can greatly help you on the Reading section, but there's only one problem: learning how to speed-read well takes quite a while (1-5 months) and with legitimate methods you'll peak at around 650-800 words per minute.
If you're taking the LSAT your reading speed is probably around 350 words per minute. Maybe 500-600.
So learning to speedread properly will likely have a neglible impact on your score and speed.
What we recommend instead is:
Before you read each passage, do a quick preview of it.
See what jumps out at you, what you can expect, etc.
This will not only speed up your reading when you do end up reading it, but will also make it easy to understand the structure of the problem while you're reading.
You can compare previewing to putting together a puzzle.
You can either dive right in and try to start with the middle (no previewing), or create the frame of the puzzle and go outside in (using previewing.)