Our LSAT prep guide is one of the best study guides available on the internet. Here, LSAT is no longer feared. Instead, you will find it easy to “read a passage, correct a sentence, and critique reasoning”. Also, we present test prep strategies in an interesting and simple way. For instance, in the prep guide for Reading Comprehension, you will find one principle, two writing styles, three subjects, four-step process, five types of question, and six test points. Features of our Verbal Study Guide include, but are not limited to:
- The six test points will in advance introduce what would be tested before you read a question. As you are reading a passage, you become alarm to certain words or phrases that would later act as clues for answering the questions.
- Keywords locating techniques to find what you want when you are answering the questions. You will not waste time re-reading the WHOLE passage.
- Summary of three (and only three) subjects that will be covered on the test day. Special tips to answer question for each of them: business, social science, and natural science.
- Covers the Bolded Question, a new type of question that recently appeared on GMAT CAT.
- Analysis of typical wrong choices. Your will be able to eliminate at least three wrong choices even that you can’t fully understand a question or a passage.
- The Three-element Rule will help you understand and critique any argument you may encounter on the test day. By recognizing the three elements, you can pick up the correct choice quickly and decisively.
- Easy-to-use 5-step procedure to solve the game problem in Analytical Reasoning section.
- Provides you with a diagramming method for putting words into pictures- You’ll find answer easily immediately after you symbolize the questions.
- Comprehensive analysis of and techniques for four types of games that commonly appear on LSAT test. You will find solution to nearly all game problems you may encounter on real LSAT.
Table of Contents: LSAT Prep Course
|Chapter 1 Reading Comprehension
Section 1: One Principle
Section 2: Two Styles
3. Organizational Structure
Section 3: Three Subjects
1. Natural Science
2. Social Science
3. Business Subject
Section 4: Four-step Process of Reading
1. Dissect the introductory paragraph
2. Skim the passage and get the author’s main point
3. Diagram the organization of the passage
4. Tackle the questions and correspondently refer to the passage
Section 5: Five Types of Questions
1. Main Idea Question
2. Recall Question
3. Inference Questions
4. Critical Reasoning Question
5. Difficult-to-locate Question
Section 6: Six test points
2. Example & Listing
3. People, Date & Place
4. Words of Attitude and Transition
5. Counter-evidence Indicators
6. Special Punctuation
|Chapter 2 Critical Reasoning
Section 1: Introduction to Critical Reasoning
1. One Definition: Argument
2. Four-steps process
3. Three-elements Rule
4. Two Traps
5. Five Answer Choices
Section 2: Six Types of Reasoning
1. Deductive Argument
4. Causal Reasoning
5. Identifying Assumption
6. Business Thinking
Section 3: Eight Types of Question
1. Inference Question
2. Assumption Question
3. Strengthen or Weaken Question
4. Paradox Question
5. Evaluation Question
6. Conclusion Question
7. Complete Question
8. Boldface Question
|Chapter 3 Analytical Reasoning
Introduction to Analytical Reasoning
Section 1: One Principle
Section 2: Two Test-taking Strategies
Section 3: Three Types of Questions
Section 4: Four Types of Games
1. Single-Linear Game
2. Multiple-Linear Game
3. Grouping Game
4. Networking Game
Section 5: Five-step Process
Step 1. Read the passage carefully and decide on the appropriate diagram
Step 2. Read the conditions and symbolize all of the clues
Step 3. Double-check your symbolizing and make deductions
Step 4. Use the diagram to answer the questions
Step 5. If new condition is provided, add that to the existing diagram
Section 6. Six Logic Concepts
Practice Questions & Explanation
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The following is an extract from the section #2, first chapter of the LSAT Prep Course. There are totally three chapters in the LSAT prep course, and each chapter is divided into several sections.
Section 2: Two Styles
There is an endless number of writing techniques that authors use to present their ideas. However, there are only two writing styles used in a LSAT reading passage: presentation and argumentation.
This technique is to present an idea that the author will agree or at least partially agree. The author strengthens his position by citing relevant evidences, each related to other in a highly structured manner. We call this style of writing as presentation. Sometimes, the author sometime may intentionally contrast his position with an opposing view. But most often the author is just anticipating an objection, he will soon refute it.
Here is a sample passage in presentation.
The second writing style is argumentation. This technique has a number of variations, but the most common and direct is to develop two to three ideas and then point out why one is better than the other or just simply refute all of them and developed the author’s own idea.
Some common tip-off sentences to this method of analysis are:
- It was traditionally assumed…
- It was once believed…
- It was frequently assumed ..
- It was universally accepted..
- Many scientists have argued…
The following passage represents a typical argumentation. At the beginning, the author presented a phenomenon and gave an explanation, but refuted that explanation immediately. Then, the second explanation was introduced, but was denied again in the same paragraph. Finally, a more fruitful one is presented. The author used the remaining passage try to argue that this explanation is the correct one.
Why bother to identify the writing style?
Be familiar with the author’s writing techniques can help you diagram the mental road map of a passage, identify the author’s intention to cite an evidence, main idea of a passage, and most importantly, pick up the right choice quickly and decisively.
Here is an example:
The fact that superior service can generate a competitive advantage for a company does not mean that every attempt at improving service will create such an advantage. Investments in service, like those in production and distribution, must be balanced against other types of investments on the basis of direct, tangible benefits such as cost reduction and increased revenues. If a company is already effectively on a par with its competitors because it provides service that avoids a damaging reputation and keeps customers from leaving at an unacceptable rate, then investment in higher service levels may be wasted, since service is a deciding factor for customers only in extreme situations.
This truth was not apparent to managers of one regional bank, which failed to improve its competitive position despite its investment in reducing the time a customer had to wait for a teller. The bank managers did not recognize the level of customer inertia in the consumer banking industry that arises from the inconvenience of switching banks. Nor did they analyze their service improvement to determine whether it would attract new customers by producing a new standard of service that would excite customers or by proving difficult for competitors to copy. The only merit of the improvement was that it could easily be described to customers.
In the above passage, the author did not try to present his own position (presentation). If any, the position is that he does not agree with the fact that superior service can generate competitive advantage for a company. In fact, the speaker here argued against a popular point of view by reasoning and examples (argumentation).
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