Past LSAT Explained/Methodology
THINK LIKE THE TESTMAKERS The LSAT is a test of your way of thinking. It tests how well you think like the testmakers. Once you start to think like them, you can be thought as having the LSAT mind. Your preparation of the LSAT should therefore focus on learning to this way of thinking.
This PrepTest explanation for Logical Reasoning sections follows a methodology called IRAC(pronounced EYE-rack) which stands for: Identify, Read, Analyze, and Choose. It is a step by step methodology for tackling LSAT questions.
The IRAC starts with quickly scanning the question. Most LSAT questions start with a brief passage or statement followed by a question. It is important to figure out exactly what the question is looking for. You may decide to skip the question if you are low on time or the question seems too difficult. You can choose to guess random.
You need to move to the beginning of the passage and quickly and accurately work the passage. Underline, paraphrase and engage with the passage. Using symbols to mark the passage. Do not overanalyze or bring outside information or knowledge but stick to what's provided.
Use your LSAT analytical skill. Apply the right analysis required by the question. You are not given credit for doing something else. Once you are done with analyzing the passage, move to each response.
This PrepTest explanation for Reading Comprehension sections follows a methodology called BRIEF (you are essentially briefing the passage) which stands for: Break, Read, Internalize, Eliminate, Find. It is a step by step methodology for tackling LSAT questions.
Go to the questions and figure out the key terms and words. You are essentially breaking the question. When you read, pay a special attention to those words and relationship.
Scan quickly and visualize a chart in your brain.
Digest what you read.
Do not look for the right answer. Look for the wrong one first.
Mark your answer sheet and move on.
This PrepTest explanation for Analytical Reasoning sections follows a methodology called CASES which stands for: Chart, Analyze, S, Eliminate, Select. It is a step by step methodology for tackling LSAT questions.