Episode 8: Logical Reasoning Outliers: The Black Sheep

March 20, 2019

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.

0:00 to 5:49:

Episode 8 kicks off with some St. Patrick’s Day nostalgia, as Jon and Dave each raise a glass of Guinness and toast all things March Madness: from the LSAT next weekend to the start of the NCAA tournament (which Dave is currently enjoying in a Las Vegas sportsbook).

They’ve also chosen a song that’s fitting on several levels, The Clash at Demonhead’s Black Sheep. Granted, that’s not a real band—it’s a fictional group from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World—but current Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson plays the lead singer (and recorded the vocals you hear in the film!), and the theme of tonight’s discussion focuses on LSAT “black sheep,” particularly the two most obscure, outlier Logical Reasoning question types, Cannot Be True and Evaluate the Argument.

5:50 to 11:37:

Before the conceptual discussion begins, Dave and Jon take provide a brief update on the still-developing college admissions scandal, particularly on new information that’s come out about the students’ involvement and what consequences they’ll likely face.

11:38 to 14:44: 

Next is a quick look at a fairly uneventful week for LSAC, where only a Law:Fully blog was postedand some new data on scoring and applicant statistics were released.

14:45 to 16:29: 

Here you’ll find an overview of this episode’s central purpose: to provide students with the final, rarely-appearing elements to review as test day approaches, and some strategies for two LR outliers to help you tackle them.

16:30 to 24:29:

Before getting into the specific LR topics, the guys talk games. There are three game types that, while infrequent and unlikely, could still appear on your exam, and thus you’d be well-served to give them some last-minute attention: Circular, Mapping, and Pattern.

Take a look at this blog post for a list of every Circular, Mapping, and Pattern game in LSAT history!

24:30 to 49:39: 

The discussion of LR outliers begins with a look at Cannot Be True questions. While a seemingly straightforward notion at first glance, Cannot questions tend to be harder than people realize. Jon and Dave talk solution strategies, where to find more Cannot scenarios for practice, and the immense value in understanding this type (beyond just the 1-2 questions/test you’re liable to see).

49:40 to 1:18:17: 

Next comes the rarest LR question type of all: Evaluate the Argument! Evaluate questions have made a modest resurgence in recent years, such that, while still minor players, you’re likely to see at least one on test day. To prepare you for it—and to demonstrate bigger-picture skills at work in Evaluate—Dave and Jon examine the odd task presented, outline a powerful answer choice test to apply, and even deconstruct an actual LSAT Evaluate question from LSAC’s free, public software (September 2014 LR2 #6; found in the Logical Reasoning problem set here).

Then, as with Cannot, they give tips on how to continue practicing with Evaluate, and the tremendous benefits gained by doing so.

1:18:18 to 1:19:53: 

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