April 7, 2014

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

The logical reasoning (argument), reading comprehension and writing sections of the LSAT assess your degree of competence or aptitude by asking clearly applicable questions. You must master the concepts contained in these three sections in order to work in the legal profession. However, the analytical reasoning (games) questions of the LSAT are unique because their applicability is not always immediately evident.

Four multiple choice sections of the LSAT receive scores. The fifth (variable) section pilots future test questions or test forms and is unscored. Successful candidates take each of these sections seriously; earning a high level of achievement overall requires considerable depth of understanding in each of the four areas that are assigned scores. It is imperative that you allocate sufficient time and effort to preparing, reviewing and studying for the LSAT analytical reasoning (games) portion of the test.

LSAT’s analytical reasoning (games) section is composed of four sets of problems. The number of analytical reasoning (games) questions varies from 22 to 24. Each problem contains five or six individual questions. Keep in mind that the LSAT always contains an additional section that does not contribute to your overall score and it is placed at the discretion of the LSAC examiners. This uncounted section might be the one which focuses on analytical reasoning (games). However, you cannot be certain which of the sections are to be scored and which are not. It is vital that you be well versed in all areas of analytical reasoning.

The analytical reasoning (games) portion of the LSAT is, in part, designed to assess how well a candidate works under pressure, while simultaneously managing a considerable amount of information. The focus of the analytical reasoning (games) questions is to determine how well you perceive complex relationships between a wide range of objects, places, people or events described in the various problems. The LSAT analytical reasoning (games) section problems may seem intuitive to some candidates, but for most, achieving a high score in this section will require a fair amount of time and repeated practice tests to develop skills to the degree that they seem second nature.

Since each section of the LSAT is allotted 35 minutes, you have less than 10 minutes to spend on each problem, or approximately two minutes per question. Pace yourself accordingly. Through repeated practice and review, serious candidates will recognize the types of problems that pose the greatest difficulties, and those that are more available and familiar. The best strategy here is to complete those problems that are more familiar first, in order to maximize your time.