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Another recent test goes under the microscope as Dave and Jon continue their LSAT Logic Games Explained series, this time exploring PT 91+. First offered in February 2009, and seen many times since (most recently in May 2020), these games have it all—Grouping, Basic and Advanced Linear, Combinations, Templates, and Numerical Distributions—making them an ideal yardstick for gauging your LG skills!
The first days of your LSAT journey are an exciting time, filled with new ideas to investigate and opportunities to explore. But it can also be a tremendous challenge to know how and where to begin! In Episode 114, Jon and Dave break down precisely how to get started, from creating an ideal gameplan and establishing the proper mindset, to the crucial mistakes you must avoid. Don’t kick off your prep without listening to this discussion!
The June LSAT was another wild ride, from the use of two tests predicted in our latest Crystal Ball to the introduction of a brand new experimental Logic Games section! Join Dave and Jon as they break it all down, identifying source tests for the domestic and international exams, highlighting everything that was scored and experimental, and finally outlining the precise scoring scales from 155 to 170 that each test combination will produce.
On Saturday, June 11th, test takers were shocked to encounter a brand new LSAT experimental section, blindsided by the fact that it was unannounced, was clearly labeled as unscored, and contained just three mini-Logic Games intermixed with survey questions about solution strategies. In Episode 112, Jon and Dave take a closer look at this surprise development, explaining exactly what happened and why, and what it means for the future of the LSAT.
Dave and Jon’s LSAT Logic Games Explained series continues with a look at the most recent official test, PT 92+. This exam, first administered in February 2012 and then retested in June 2020, provides an opportunity to explore a games set wholly representative of modern LSATs, with a mix of Linear, Grouping, and Numerical Distribution elements that demonstrate the test makers’ current tendencies and that will have you ready to tackle whatever they throw at you on test day!
Well, we made it: the last of the April LSAT make up tests is finally behind us, closing the book on a long and rocky administration. Given the volume of test takers forced to sit for a retake, Jon and Dave have devoted an extra episode to the April make up exams, including how things went, what was scored and what was experimental, and the scoring curve they expect these proxy tests will produce.
A surprising new policy has just been proposed by the ABA that would make the LSAT (and all other entrance exams) optional for law schools, paving the way for a future where applicants no longer need test scores for admission. In episode 109, Dave and Jon break down these developments, exploring where things stand, what’s likely to follow, and what it all means for applicants going forward!
The April LSAT has been tumultuous at best, with system outages preventing hundreds from testing on Saturday, three days of make ups for affected students, and widespread confusion about scored and unscored sections. But fear not: Jon and Dave weathered the storm and in Episode 108 they cover it all, from the disastrous weekend and LSAC’s concessions to what was real and what was experimental to all the predicted scoring scales for the various test forms used!
The third admissions-centric episode of Dave and Jon's popular Student Mailbag series is here, tackling the supremely slow admissions cycle and what to do about waitlists, how and when to write addenda (including Letters of Continued Interest), the rise of the GRE, and more!
The 2023 US News law school rankings are officially out, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a deep dive into the latest results! In Episode 106, Jon and Dave explain the divisive methodology behind the rankings, the notable winners and losers as schools rise and fall (including some historical highs and lows in the top-10), and how students should view these new standings when making application decisions.

While the March 2022 LSAT proved limited in both popularity and content—fewer than 7,000 people sat for it, and only two test forms were used—it still managed to pack quite a punch for those in attendance!

Join Jon and Dave as they kick off a new podcast series: entire games sections from official PTs fully explained, from the setups and key inferences to the trickiest questions and answer choices, all deconstructed through the eyes of the masters themselves! In this episode they tackle PT 1 from June 1991, the first LSAT of the modern era and a set of games that even 30 years later has an incredible wealth of insights to offer.

The February 2022 LSAT is officially over, which means Dave and Jon are in the clear to reveal everything you need to know about it! In Episode 103 they outline the scored and experimental sections used, general impressions of difficulty, and, as always, their scoring scale predictions for every section combination. Don't miss it!

Timestamps

0:00 – Intro. “Land of Confusion” by Genesis previews the recent week of February testing.

As we cross the halfway point of the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, Jon and Dave are taking a close look at the data to explain exactly how things are going so far. Tune in as they explore the current applicant and LSAT numbers, compare this cycle to the past two, and make predictions about what to expect this spring. They’ll also explore some specific scenarios from retakes to waitlists and give advice on precisely what applicants should do next!

As the first LSAT of 2022 comes to a close, Dave and Jon are kicking off the new year with a detailed test recap! Join them as they review the January test, outlining what was real and what was experimental, the relative difficulty of every scored section, the expected curves from 155-170 for each configuration, and the continued hot streak of their Crystal Ball predictions (including some updated thoughts on February).

To mark both their milestone 100th episode, as well as the final PodCast of 2021, Jon and Dave are here with a thorough recap of all things LSAT these past 12 months. Tune in as they review the many ups and downs of another tumultuous year, before turning their attention to 2022 and previewing all it has in store...including some exciting PowerScore developments in the works!
In Episode 99, Dave and Jon discuss exciting updates to the GRE’s role in law school admissions, exploring how the test is moving from a fringe prospect to a central player in the world of entrance exams. Tune in to learn why the LSAT may no longer be the only game in town when it comes to getting into law school!
Jon and Dave are back with the 8th installment in their popular Student Mailbag series, tackling the most pressing questions submitted by listeners! In this LSAT–centric episode they explain how make up tests work, the pros and cons of Score Preview, November scale predictions for the 150s and 160s, when canceling a score is most advisable, and the application review process when schools can see you’re signed up for a future test date.
The last LSAT of 2021 is finally behind us, and Dave and Jon have all the details! Tune in as they cover the November test week from start to finish, discussing the scored and experimental sections, the relative difficulty of everything presented, their expectations for the various scoring scales, and—to top it all off—the accuracy of their predictions from their latest Crystal Ball webinar (hint: these guys are good).
Join Jon and Dave as they present the ultimate Logical Reasoning Knowledge Test: 20 questions covering the entirety of the LR section, each designed to measure your grasp on key concepts and fundamental principles. They begin with the 20-question quiz, then follow it up with detailed explanations of each item, explaining precisely how you should have answered and what any missteps tell you about your current LR skills. This is one of the most informative episodes they’ve ever recorded—don’t miss it!
The October LSAT was an absolute roller coaster, with system outages preventing thousands from testing on Saturday morning, extra testing days added for affected students, and endless confusion over scored and unscored sections. Fortunately Dave and Jon were along for the ride and in Episode 95 they cover it all: the rocky start, LSAC’s concessions, what was real and what was experimental, and above all the predicted scoring scales for all the various section combinations!
It’s time for the 8th installment of our popular Student Question Mailbag series, this time devoted entirely to admissions (Part 1 of this Admissions discussion can be found at https://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/lsat-podcast-episode-49-student-question-mailbag-law-school-admissions-part-1/). Join Jon and Dave as they tackle a long list of key questions, like how to best write resumes and personal statements, what constitutes a realistic reach school and how to improve your chances, and many more!
Last week’s August LSAT score release led to what seemed to be a disproportionate number of students reporting significant score declines from their recent PTs to the real thing, causing both alarm at the outcomes and speculation over the cause. In Episode 93, Dave and Jon set the record straight on exactly what did and didn’t happen with the August scores by dismissing fringe conspiracies and elaborating on the more plausible factors behind score drops.
It’s time for another Student Mailbag episode, with Jon and Dave fielding questions on a wide range of important subjects: how über-busy people can best organize a study schedule, knowing when you’ve truly peaked and shouldn’t retest, when a retake makes sense and how to properly prep for it, appropriate and inappropriate personal statement topics, applying early decision, 2021-2022 cycle predictions, and more!
As the first post-Flex LSAT comes to a close, Dave and Jon are here with their traditional recap to break it all down: what was scored and what was experimental, where the various test forms first appeared, and most importantly how the section difficulties impacted the scoring scale for every combination of content.
In Episode 90, Jon and Dave tackle the all-important topic of mentality from a new angle, outlining the seven most destructive behaviors students adopt during prep. Tune in as they examine common pitfalls like Comparison traps and Self-Denial routines, each of which is followed by targeted advice to help correct your missteps and get you back on track!
The August 2021 LSAT marks the end of the Flex format and the return of the test's experimental section, and Dave and Jon are here with all the details! Join them to learn exactly how the experimental section works, how to best identify it, and how to use it to your advantage as you navigate your way through test day.
The LSAT scoring scale remains one of the most mysterious and misunderstood aspects of an already-shadowy exam, so to help clear away the confusion, Jon and Dave are busting the scale's 7 biggest myths! Listen as they explore everything from how the scale works to what truly tightens or loosens it to, above all, what differing scales mean for you on test day.
Episode 87 is a slight departure from the typical topics of LSAT concepts, test reviews, and admissions advice, as Dave and Jon turn their attention to the latest addition to the PowerScore lineup: the Logical Reasoning Bible Course! Tune in to learn all about this invaluable new prep tool, from what it is and who it’s for to how you can most effectively utilize it to master Logical Reasoning. Whether you’re just starting out or nearing the end of your journey, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Jon and Dave bid farewell to the last-ever LSAT-Flex with a bittersweet sendoff: the short format will be sorely missed, but celebrations also abound, as they correctly predicted the exact LSAT given to the majority of June test takers! Join them as they discuss all of the test forms used—domestic and international—concluding with an analysis of each section's difficulty and a scale calculation for every unique combination.
Wrapping up their comprehensive coverage of LSAT causality, Dave and Jon move from conceptual discussions of causation to an application-focused look at how causal reasoning is treated in the test’s various LR question types. Specifically, you’ll hear them address what to look for and how to best respond to causality in every context—from Weaken to Strengthen to Flaw and more—before touching on advanced cause and effect constructions, ensuring you’re ready for everything the LSAT can throw at you!
After several months of LSAT-Flex reviews and admissions cycle analysis, Jon and Dave are getting back to basics with a conceptual overview of causal reasoning. In this episode they examine precisely how LSAT causality operates, the central assumption that makes it so vulnerable, common points of confusion including correlations and conditionality, and the key distinctions between causation in premises and conclusions. If you’re looking for a quick LR performance boost you won’t want to miss this!
The April 2021 LSAT–Flex has come and gone, which can only mean one thing: Dave and Jon are here with a detailed look! Tune in as they discuss all of the content used this week—including the international exams—and offer their take on everything from the tests’ first appearances, overall difficulty, unusual moments, and exact scale predictions for every possible configuration.
The 2022 US News law school rankings have been released, setting the "official" standard by which schools will be compared to one another for the next twelve months. In this episode, Jon and Dave offer their take on this year's rankings, including the controversial metrics and weighting involved, the most prominent winners and losers as schools rise and fall, and—above all—exactly what these rankings mean to you as an applicant!
The competitiveness of the 2021 law school admissions cycle is well-established, but a closer look at the numbers—both of applicants and LSAT scores—shows just how unprecedented this year truly is. Join Dave and Jon as they examine the current situation and explain everything from the astonishing high-score bubble the Flex has created to exactly what you should expect as a result!
With the February 2021 LSAT-Flex finally behind us, Dave and Jon are checking in with all the details! In this episode they break down the February LSAT, reviewing its source tests and their appearances over the weekend, highlighting the most notable elements that featured each day, and finally offering a section-by-section scale matrix to help you determine the exact curve for your particular exam.
LSAC has just made a major announcement covering everything from the next 16-months' worth of test dates to the future of the LSAT's format. In episode 79 of the PodCast, Jon and Dave give a rundown of everything they've learned so far, as well as their take on these breaking developments!
As we move deeper into this year's admissions cycle, applicants naturally wonder what, if anything, they can still do to improve their acceptance odds. In this week's episode, Dave and Jon offer advice on a critical decision: how and when to submit law school addenda, informing admissions committees of the circumstances behind less-than-stellar application elements and allowing them to better interpret blemishes on your record. If you're on the addendum fence this conversation is for you!
With the January 2021 LSAT-Flex week coming to an end, Jon and Dave are finally free to tell you all about it! Join them as they break down all of the content used this week—including the international LSATs—and offer their take on everything from overall difficulty, unusual moments, and scale predictions for every possible test configuration.
The first episode of the new year sees Dave and Jon tackle one of their all-time favorite Logical Reasoning question types: Resolve the Paradox! Tune in as they explain exactly how these questions work, outline the best approach for solving them, and reveal a comprehensive series of specific categories highlighting the test makers' favorite Paradox scenarios.
2020 was a year of unprecedented change, from test cancellations amid quarantine orders to the introduction of the LSAT Flex. In this strange year's final PodCast, Jon and Dave recap the past twelve months—highlighting the pivotal LSAT developments, good and bad—before previewing what 2021 has in store. Be sure to stick around until the episode's end, as they also offer a first-ever glimpse at several new prep projects currently in the works!
Guessing on the LSAT is never ideal, but if you're forced to it's best to play the odds. In this episode Dave and Jon break down guessing strategy section by section, offering statistical suggestions to help you gain every possible point.
Jon and Dave are back with another round of student questions from the mailbag! In this episode they discuss the growing LSAT score bubble and its likely impact on school medians and admissions odds, the popularity of January and February and why you should consider both, when to write addenda (whether for scores, resume gaps, or legal missteps), how long LSAT skills tend to last, and more.
Testing accommodations are one of the LSAT’s most mysterious and misunderstood features, but not to worry: Dave and Jon are here to clear it all up! Whether you’re wondering if you qualify and what options might be available, how to apply without fear of getting denied, if law schools can spot accomm applicants and how they’re treated, or what steps to take to ensure you receive exactly what you deserve on test day, Episode 72 has these answers and more.
The November Flex is in the books, and Jon and Dave are here to walk you through it! In this episode they discuss all things November, including connection issues people faced (and recommended next steps), the first appearance and key content of the test’s various sections, moments of standout difficulty, and finally their expected curves for every possible exam combination.
In something of a surprise move, LSAC just released the only new test content of the year: a single exam form used for the May 2020 LSAT-Flex. Dave and Jon diligently worked through it and are here with everything you need to know, including a detailed analysis of its scoring scale and a comprehensive breakdown of all four Logic Games, from setups to key inferences to tricky questions and more!
It’s been a busy few weeks since the October exam, with LSAT World updates galore and 2020’s last, and biggest, test right around the corner in November! In Episode 69, Jon and Dave give a rundown of the latest developments, and then offer a step-by-step guide to help you choose the best possible day and time to take your upcoming LSAT-Flex. Be sure to tune in before scheduling your next test!
Another LSAT-Flex week has come to an end, and Dave and Jon have all the details! In this episode they break down the October LSAT, reviewing its source tests and their appearances throughout the week, highlighting the most notable elements that featured each day, and finally offering a section-by-section scale matrix to help you determine the exact curve for your particular exam.
The PodCast’s latest episode tackles a pair of timely topics: the recent August score release and the upcoming November LSAT. Jon and Dave begin by analyzing the ongoing saga of delayed August scores due to LSAT Writing issues, before moving on to a detailed list of all the pros and cons of taking the November 2020 exam, including the nature of its Flex format and the role it will play in this year’s admissions cycle. If you tested in August, or are considering November, don’t miss this!
There are few scenarios as frightening as being stuck between two answers on the LSAT, but fortunately Dave and Jon are here with advice on how to find your way through it. Tune in to the latest PodCast episode to learn strategies for selecting correctly when you have one last contender to eliminate!
We're nearing the end of the largest LSAT-Flex administration thus far, and Jon and Dave are here with all the details! In this episode they break down the August LSAT, examining its three source tests and their usage throughout the week, highlighting the standout elements that appeared each day, and finally providing a section-by-section scale matrix to help you determine the curve for your particular exam.
Dave and Jon are here with another Student Mailbag episode, this time tackling questions covering the LSAT-Flex and their expectations about its future (including what it'll mean long-term for students), general prep advice on identifying inconsistent errors post-PTs and on the difference in memorization as a learning tool vs the development of genuine knowledge, and a whole host of admissions inquiries from rolling admissions after the November LSAT to applying as an older/nontraditional applicant to alumni connections and how they factor into acceptances. Don't miss it!
The August LSAT-Flex is right around the corner, and Jon and Dave have updates you should know about. Tune in to hear all about the latest breaking details on new test day policies and a thorough analysis of how to best move forward following a disappointing practice test!
It’s been another week of breaking LSAC news, and Dave and Jon explore it all in the PodCast’s 62nd episode! Specifically, they provide details on the upcoming reinstatement of test retake limits, and offer a comprehensive analysis of the lost scores from the July LSAT-Flex, outlining precisely what occurred, what caused it, what it means for the integrity of the testing process itself, and what happens next, both for those whose scores were lost and for everyone else looking to take an LSAT in the future and fearful that this could happen again.
Episode 61 of the PodCast focuses on one of the most crucial aspects of test success: the ideal mindset. Specifically, Jon and Dave examine 16 different factors that commonly contribute to LSAT failure—from flawed expectations to self-doubt to burnout and more—and provide detailed analysis of what leads to each and what you can do to combat them, from prevention to cure. No matter where you are in your prep, this discussion is worth a listen.
Another round of LSAT-Flex is in the books! With July 2020 testing largely completed, Dave and Jon are here to walk you through it, outlining everything from its highs and lows to the use of multiple test forms configured from more source tests than ever to, finally, their anticipated scale for every combination. They also offer their predictions for the remaining test dates in 2020 and whether Flex is truly here to stay!
A lot of ground to cover in Episode 59! From Jon’s recent (losing) battle with a flying motorcycle helmet to our new Testing and Analytics Package to LSAC’s latest news on the August LSAT, Dave and Jon are here to keep you in the loop on the latest developments in LSAT land.
As the second round of LSAT-Flex testing comes to an end, Dave and Jon take a comprehensive look at the June exam and break it all down for you: what went right and wrong, how the multiple test formats were constructed (including the source LSAT for each), the likely scale for each configuration, and finally what May and June’s Flex tests tell us about the future of the LSAT.
More big changes on the horizon: LSAC is just weeks away from completely overhauling how they license official content for students and prep companies alike, and Jon and Dave are here to walk you through what's ahead, how it'll affect everyone (from access to fees), and above all why you should care!
This week’s podcast addresses recent events and the dire need for protest and social change.
The first-ever LSAT-Flex tests have now been officially administered, and Dave and Jon have spent the past several days scouring the internet and talking to hundreds of students to get the inside scoop on exactly what occurred! In Episode 55 you'll hear them talk briefly about the tests' content before turning their attention to the Flex experience itself: what went right, what went wrong, and what you can do to prepare yourself for this unique testing situation.
After getting sidetracked by weeks of LSAT-Flex announcements and a barrage of student questions, Jon and Dave are back to wrap up their discussion of how to improve your speed in Logic Games! Tune in and hear them cover the key elements to focus on in each game, proper time management (despite a potentially incomplete setup), when to skip questions and how to best return to them later, and even proven strategies for times when things feel truly incomprehensible.
Dave and Jon turn their focus away from the ongoing LSAT-Flex saga to tackle another pressing consideration looming over many applicants these days: how to navigate multiple acceptances and choose the school that's right for you! In particular, they explore several applicants' unique circumstances, from school rankings and prestige to estimated debt to ultimate career goals, and offer detailed advice on what they believe is the best decision for each person.
As information continues to trickle out about the upcoming LSAT-Flex exam(s), Jon and Dave are here to keep you up to speed! Specifically they touch on the latest LSAC developments—including the registration process and paper-testing accommodations—and then highlight the resources PowerScore has made available for students prepping for an unusual test in uncertain times.
Following another LSAC webinar on the May LSAT-Flex exam, Dave and Jon dive back in to provide updates and insights about how this unique test will unfold! You’ll hear details on everything from test dates and score release to how its scaled and who most benefits (and who doesn’t) from the Flex’s odd construction. Anyone testing in May or June, and likely beyond, should give this a listen!
In the PodCast’s 50th episode, Jon and Dave take a comprehensive look at LSAC’s latest response to the ongoing test date cancellations: LSAT-Flex. Specifically, they outline exactly how May’s at-home exam will work from its format to its scoring, who it’s for and how they’ll potentially benefit (including just how fair this solution is), and how law schools are responding to this unprecedented situation.
Dave and Jon continue to answer student questions in the latest episode, this time focusing on law school admissions and how things are likely to play out in this year’s cycle! Here they address dealing with waitlists, requesting letters of recommendation, balancing schoolwork and test prep through the summer, the coronavirus’s impact on deadlines and rolling admissions, and finally taking a year off to improve scores and scholarship offers.
Jon and Dave are back to provide further updates and expectations about upcoming LSAT administrations, and to answer another round of student questions! This time they cover concerns about prepping for retakes and uncertain test dates, the harsh realities of transferring law schools, how schools are handling GPA conversions in this semester of pass/fail grading, the reuse of prior test content as more LSATs are offered, and finally the logistics and ultimate fairness of at-home testing.
Dave and Jon are here to offer guidance in these uncertain times, talking through the March LSAT cancellation, the (seemingly-inevitable) April cancellation, and administrations in the months that follow. That includes a discussion of a potential May LSAT, as well as the possibility that the exam moves entirely remote and allows you to test from home. There's also an analysis of how this situation is likely to affect applicants through the remainder of this cycle.
Dave and Jon are here with some breaking news concerning the upcoming 2020 test administrations, including the just-announced cancellation of the March exam. They deconstruct LSAC's statement on that test, discussing how they expect the coronavirus pandemic will affect other tests and how law schools are likely to react to this unprecedented situation.
In the PodCast's 45th episode, Jon and Dave tackle one of the most common concerns students face: how to increase speed in the Logic Games section. This initial discussion focuses on proper study and review habits, outlining the fundamentals of pacing and how to improve it as well as timing advice to ensure you're moving as fast as possible by test day. There are also some updates on the coronavirus' impact on upcoming administrations, and news about LSAC's likely plans going forward.
Episode 44 heralds enormous news from LSAC, as they launch a brand new digital test access subscription service, and Dave and Jon are here to tell you all about it. Tune in to learn not only what you’ll pay to receive official content, but also what that content includes and how to best use it in your ongoing prep!
As we move deeper into 2020’s cycle of tests, Jon and Dave take a look at the February LSAT’s content, discussing how things played out and precisely what students faced while sitting for it. In addition to the test day’s ups and downs, there’s also an estimation of the exam’s overall difficulty and what that meant for the final scoring scale.
Dave and Jon are here with a third installment of responses to student questions, tackling inquiries covering guessing strategy, budget book buys, test day fatigue and prep burnout remedies, and even admissions concerns over the ever-tricky choice between scholarship offers and ranking prestige. And don't forget to submit your own questions for the next mailbag episode at lsatpodcast@powerscore.com!
Episode 41 of the PowerScore Podcast sees Jon and Dave turn their attention to LSAT Reading Comprehension, specifically outlining a variety of self-assessment tools to help you pinpoint exactly where and why this section is giving you trouble. By employing these skill tests you'll determine not only what needs improvement in your Reading Comp approach, but also the adjustments required to take your performance to the next level.
The first of 2020's ten LSATs has now been administered, and Jon and Dave are here with their take! Listen as they deconstruct the January test from an overview of student feedback and general difficulty to a section-by-section breakdown to their scale prediction and what that means for your results. They also discuss what this latest LSAT and its content mean for the upcoming February, March, and April exams.
It's a new year, and it begins with an unprecedented LSAT-bang: four straight months with a test. To help get you ready, Dave and Jon broke out their crystal balls and set to predicting what's most likely to occur on these upcoming exams and how you can best prepare. You'll also hear about recent trends and content stats so you can prioritize where to spend your time leading up to test day!
Jon and Dave wrap up their discussion from Episode 34 about How to Take A Practice LSAT by examining precisely how to best interpret your test results. As part of that conversation they outline what it means to perform a blind review (and the various ways to do so), as well as what PowerScore's free scoring analytics tell you about your performance and how they should guide your next steps.
With a last look at the November 2019 LSAT, Dave and Jon review the latest Logic Games section, analyzing the four games and their questions. Listen in as they provide advice on how to best approach each game and its setup, and give thoughts on the section as a whole and how it affected the test’s scoring scale.
Jon and Dave explore the continuing saga that is the November 2019 LSAT. Specifically they outline how the multiple make up exams have played out, from the initial reschedules to this past weekend’s retakes. They also offer some words of encouragement for those whose November didn’t go to plan, whether that means a December make up or a test date pushed to next year (spoiler: don’t fret; you’re going to be okay, and Dave and Jon explain precisely why).
Hot on the heels of the November LSAT, Jon and Dave give their thoughts on the exam, covering everything from test content to (the many) center issues.
Episode 34 sees Dave and Jon break down one of the most important components of successful LSAT prep: the ideal way to take practice tests! Specifically, you'll hear them cover everything from the various digital testing platforms to the proper use of experimental sections to recommended locations for testing. They also spend time discussing pre-test routines and mentality, and managing your schedule to accommodate testing and review while avoiding burnout.
Jon and Dave are back with another student mailbag episode, which means you'll hear them tackle a whole host of commonly asked questions, from test diagramming advice to score fluctuations (and how to handle them). You'll also get their take on everything from accommodated testing to how to best use the full spectrum of PowerScore's publications.
Another test is in the books, and Dave and Jon are here to talk you through it! Tune in as Episode 32 breaks down the October 2019 LSAT, including the highs and lows of test day, a section by section look at the exam's content, and an official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the upcoming November LSAT, and how to best prepare for the exams ahead!
The September 2019 LSAT Logic Games section was a killer for many test takers, but Jon and Dave are here to help! Tune in as they deconstruct the latest set of games and explain exactly how to tackle this test’s toughest content.
Episode 30 brings breaking news about the future of the LSAT's most notorious feature, Logic Games! Specifically, Dave and Jon decrypt a just-published press release co-signed by LSAC that raises speculation (to put it mildly) that within the next four years the test will no longer contain a Logic Games section. They cover possible interpretations of the article's wording, potential confirmation of the change from an inside source, and content that could theoretically replace Games if they are in fact removed.
In this fourth and final edition of their Flaw in the Reasoning coverage, Dave and Jon explore one of the LSAT's most nerve-wracking scenarios: correctly approaching Flaw questions where the error isn't common or clear. So how do you solve for flaws you can't identify? Tune in to find out!
Episode 28 features a detailed review of the September 2019 LSAT, the first all-digital test ever administered! Jon and Dave discuss the ups and downs of the digital rollout, then cover the test section by section examining the scored content, overall student impressions, and their official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the rest of 2019 and beyond, so whether you're curious about the September test you just took, or want a preview of what's to come, this is for you!
More Flaws! Episode 27 sees Jon and Dave add a third installment to their series on common logical flaws, this time tackling six key errors in total: Composition/Division, Uncertain Use of a Term, False Analogies, False Dilemmas, Relativity/Degree, and Sunk Cost. Make sure you're familiar with each of these ideas before test day!
In Episode 26, Jon and Dave continue their exploration of common flaws, focusing on Straw Man attacks, Appeal Fallacies, and the ever-present Survey Errors that so often beguile test takers.
As we fast approach the final three LSATs of 2019, Dave and Jon dust off their crystal balls and set about predicting exactly what to expect from each of these upcoming tests! Specifically, they review the Digital LSAT lessons learned in July, exploring some of the most common issues faced and how to address them on test day, then turn to a section-by-section analysis of recent trends to help you anticipate what you'll see and prioritize your prep accordingly. Anyone with a 2019 test ahead of them needs to give this a listen!
In Episode 24, Dave and Jon begin their multi-part analysis of Flaw in the Reasoning questions, first providing a detailed overview of this tricky question type and then exploring three common but misunderstood flaw categories: Evidence Errors, Source Arguments, and Circular Reasoning. Within each they break down how the error operates and ways to spot it, common scenarios using specific examples, and finally how the test makers represent these flaws in the complex wording of answer choices.
Episode 23 picks up right where 22 left off: with Jon and Dave continuing last week's discussion of conditional reasoning! Specifically, they ramp up the complexity and outline how to handle unusual language like "unless" statements and "either/or" constructions, make conditional chains and spot the inferences they provide, tackle scenarios with multiple sufficient and necessary elements, and even master the elusive double-arrow. This is conditionality at its highest level.
In the PodCast's 22nd Episode, Dave and Jon begin what will become a multi-part look at conditional reasoning, one of the test's most critical concepts. In this first discussion they explore the nature of what makes statements conditional, define the key distinctions between sufficient and necessary conditions, and offer insights on making the right kind of inferences when faced with conditionality (while also avoiding the traps the test makers so frequently employ).
Episode 21 tackles one of the most powerful—but frequently misunderstood—techniques for attacking Logic Games: utilizing Templates to represent limited outcomes and solutions. In this discussion, Dave and Jon outline exactly how and why Templates work, the wide range of clues to help you recognize their presence, and safety measures to prevent you from pursuing them when you shouldn't. Anyone struggling to reach perfection in games needs to hear this!
The PodCast's 20th episode is dedicated to the July 2019 LSAT, from its shaky rollout to its section-by-section content to its unique experimental section treatment. Jon and Dave run through a host of stories from the first-ever digital administration—some good, most shockingly bad—then turn their attention to the test itself and offer their take on what it contained and the scale it will likely produce, as well as what they suspect happened with the LR experimentals.
Episode 17 of the podcast features some game-changing news from LSAC concerning their new retake policies, severely restricting the number of times test takers can sit for the LSAT despite it being administered 10 times each year. While this information hasn't been made public by LSAC yet, we've got you covered with a detailed overview of precisely how these repeat limits will affect your prep plans.
In Episode 19, Jon and Dave once again tackle July's impending digital transition, breaking down the multitude of questions they're still receiving about the new format and LSAC's mysterious rollout. If you're taking the test as part of the 50/50 audience, or simply curious about the experience of those who are, this is one you won't want to miss!
Episode 16 of the podcast features a detailed review of the recently-administered June LSAT, as Jon and Dave discuss the test section by section and highlight the toughest content, overall student impressions (as well as some unfortunate test day horror stories), and our official curve prediction. There's also a brief look ahead at July and an overview of PowerScore's new digital testing platform!
In Episode 18, Jon and Dave bid farewell to the last-ever paper test with a deep dive into the just-released June 2019 LSAT. Section by section, they deconstruct the exam, running through LR's most notable features and their favorite questions, analyzing all four RC passages and the highlights (and lowlights) of each, and finally providing a thorough breakdown of every Logic Game, guiding you through the trickiest rules, key inferences, and most intriguing problems. Spoilers ahead!
Episode 15 of the podcast is all about the LSAT Writing Sample, as Jon and Dave discuss its purpose and potential impact on your app, upcoming changes to its administration, what the new digital format will mean when submitting your essay, and, perhaps above all, precisely how to craft a response that satisfies even the most inquisitive admissions committee.
The 14th episode of the podcast is a Student Question Mailbag edition, where Jon and Dave tackle submitted inquiries about admissions—including undergrad vs grad school GPA usage and why your college GPA and LSAC GPA may not match—as well as some big-picture curiosities about using older LSAT Bibles, when to read the question stem in LR, and the best guessing strategy to employ as time runs out.
In Episode 13, Dave and Jon do a deep dive into the upcoming Digital LSAT, exploring everything from the hardware and software being used to section-specific strategies to help you take full advantage of the interface's features. If you have questions or concerns about tablet testing this episode has your answers!
Episode 12 continues the discussion from last time by looking at the other Assumption question type: Sufficient Assumptions (also known as Justify the Conclusion). Dave and Jon provide an extensive analysis of this unique LR task, exploring everything from how to spot Justify questions to the relationship between Assumption and Justify—key similarities and differences—to powerful mechanistic techniques like the Justify Formula to help you confidently solve even the trickiest examples!
Episode 11 centers on one the LSAT's toughest LR question types: Necessary Assumptions. Jon and Dave break down how these questions operate, describe what makes them unique (and how to keep them separate from Sufficient Assumptions, which are covered next week!), and provide several powerful strategies for solving any Assumption question, whether Supporter or Defender. If you struggle with this tricky concept you won't want to miss this episode!
The 10th episode focuses on the four March LSAT administrations students just experienced—North American, two International, and a Sabbath-observer—detailing the scored topics section by section, the original appearance of any reused tests, student reactions, and overall impressions of difficulty, including curve predictions. There's also a discussion of the keep-or-cancel decision and advice on what to do if you're unsure about your next steps!
Episode 9 of the podcast is all about test day! Dave and Jon outline exactly how to study in the 72 hours prior to an LSAT, dos and don'ts for the day before, tips for the morning-of (including some warm up advice!), and even suggestions for minimizing stress and anxiety at the test center. As part of that discussion you'll get answers to common questions like "which sections or concepts offer the most opportunity for last-minute improvement?" and "how do I keep prepping but ensure I don't burn out?"
The episode begins with a quick rundown of the latest news—from Dave's current Vegas adventure for March Madness to an update on the college admissions scandal and finally a look at the week in the LSAT World—before turning to the night's central theme: using the final week before an LSAT to prepare for outlier elements and oddball scenarios. Specifically, Jon and Dave focus on two of the most obscure LR question types, Cannot be True and Evaluate the Argument, teaching you how to solve them, the value in getting them right, and where to find more for further study.
In this episode Dave and Jon start with a discussion of the latest test prep scandals—they haven't affected the LSAT yet, but someday soon they certainly could—before turning their attention to the final two weeks of prep for those planning on a March LSAT date. As part of that conversation they give key tips for these remaining two weeks, including advice on mentality, practice tests and proper review (including a full deconstruction of an actual test question to illustrate the ideal technique), and the appropriate study/life balance for optimal results.
With the March 2019 LSAT less than a month away, Jon and Dave devote the majority of this episode to predicting that test's content, including expectations of whether March will be a new exam or a reuse of a prior one, analysis of the latest test trends to determine precisely what the test makers are up to these days, and a detailed outline of the concepts and question types most critical to master in these final weeks. There is also a discussion of the latest law school rankings that were conveniently leaked just minutes before recording began!
In this episode, Dave and Jon explore an agonizing dilemma many law school applicants face: how to determine the best school to attend if you've been accepted to several. Within that discussion they provide a wide variety of analytical tools for gathering and comparing data, run through the main factors that should affect your decision, and finally take a close look at five specific, real-life application scenarios and explain precisely how they arrived at their recommended choice for each.
Jon and Dave turn their attention to Parallel Reasoning questions—one of the most challenging and time-consuming question types in the LR sections—and outline the most effective techniques for solving them. They follow this conceptual discussion up with a detailed look at two real Parallel questions from the June 2007 LSAT and show you exactly how to apply their recommended solution strategies.
Continuing the retake discussion from Episode 2, Dave and Jon now explore study habits and techniques to help ensure your next attempt is the one that gets it done! From proper mindset (including time off) to identifying and tracking specific strengths and weaknesses to the ideal practice test approach, it all gets broken down. There's also a detailed look at the Blind Review process, and tips for using an incredibly powerful learning tool they term “The Teaching Test.”
Retaking the LSAT can be a big—and tricky—decision. Fortunately, Jon and Dave are here to help you make the right one. Listen in as they discuss precisely what it takes to justify a retake, outlining five key scenarios where a retake is the correct call. With that comes talk of rolling admissions and “late” applications, incomplete apps, waitlists, and even scholarships! They wrap up by looking at things from the other side: what might prevent a retake as you weigh the pros and con
Dave and Jon discuss the various January '19 LSATs recently offered, provide updates on some recent LSAC news regarding registration deadlines and digital testing, and examine the remainder of 2019's test dates with analysis on how each will be administered and advice on which to take. They also explore LSAT reusage, the test makers' rationale behind this questionable practice, and what it likely means for future exams.
The new hub for all things LSAT and law school admissions. Dave Killoran and Jon Denning discuss what to expect on future episodes.