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Ever get that deja vu feeling when you do a Logic Game?  Like you've done a game like that one before?  That's because most Logic Games are very similar to each other.  You can get better by mastering the games one type at a time.

Download our Logic Games Cheatsheet to see how we categorize the Logic Games from LSAT PTs 35-50.


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Are you getting ready to take the February or June LSAT next year?  Enter to win a free LSAT Premium course!  This contest is open everyone, including students already enrolled in a 7Sage course.*

This contest ends at 11pm ET, December 2nd, which is after the December LSAT.  If you are taking the December LSAT, and haven't done so yet, enroll in a course, or get supplementary materials, so you'll be ready to crush that LSAT.

Pro-tip: There are plenty of extra entries to be had! You get 13 more entries for following the simple steps, one more entry for every person that clicks on one of your links, and FIVE(!) extra entries for every person who enters the contest with your custom link.  Follow the steps, spread the word, and you will rack up tons of extra entries to get a better chance at winning :D

* If you are already enrolled in a course, then the prizes as are follows:

  • If you are already enrolled in LSAT Complete and win the contest, then you win a free upgrade to LSAT Premium.
  • If are already enrolled in LSAT Premium and win the contest, then you win explanations to LSAT PrepTests 66 and 67, and one hour of private tutoring.
  • If you are already enrolled in LSAT Ultimate and win the contest, then you win the mystery prize.
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December 2012 LSAT Registration Deadline

The most interesting LSAT student in the world wants you to register for the December LSAT

The registration deadline for the December 2012 LSAT is October 29th. That's this Monday. Don't forget to register.

If you're on the fence about a retake, don't wait to get your scores. Register now. If you don't need to retake, you can get a partial refund. This is important, it's worth losing a small fee to be sure you're registered. The refund deadline is November 9th, 2012.

There is a late registration deadline on November 9th, but it's more expensive and there's no guarantee you'll get a seat.

The December 2012 test date is Saturday, December 1st.

Have you ever missed a registration deadline? Let us know in the comments!

p.s. I actually missed an LSAT registration deadline myself once :(


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LSAT score conversions can seem intimidating at first. You have no idea what a raw score or scaled score means. Fortunately, it's not that tough. Soon you'll know exactly how to find out your score.

Each LSAT has about 100 or 101 questions. You get one point for getting a question right, and there is no penalty for guessing.

Your "raw score" is just the total number of questions you get right.

Converting Raw Scores To LSAT Scaled Scores

Your scaled score is a mark out of 180, and it's the one that counts. Law schools use this to compare you against students who wrote different LSATs.

Each LSAT has it's own formula for converting raw scores to scaled scores. You can find it at the back of the test.

Take your raw score, and look at the chart. There will be two columns: highest and lowest. These show the highest and lowest raw scores that let you get a certain scaled score.

If this sounds complicated, don't worry: Just find your number in one of the columns, then read the scaled score that's in the same row. That's your score.

Example: Finding a Scaled Score For The June 2007 LSAT

I'll give you an example using the June 2007 LSAT. Let's pretend you got the following scores:

  • Logic Games: 14/23
  • Logical Reasoning I: 18/25
  • Logical Reasoning II: 20/25
  • Reading Comprehension: 19/27

Add them up: 14 + 18 + 20 + 19 = 71

Then look at page 38, which has the scoring scale. You can see 71 in the "lowest" column. It's the lowest score you could get to get a 156 (not bad for a first score!). A raw score of 72 would also have gotten a 156. That's the "highest" raw score that qualified.

Believe it or not, you now know everything there is to know about calculating your LSAT score.

You're probably wondering what your score means, and what an LSAT percentile is. Stay tuned, that's a topic for an upcoming post!

For more detailed explanation of LSAT score conversion, check out this post.

Click here to use our LSAT score calculator to figure out your raw and scaled score.

 

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We want to help you study for the December LSAT. So, we're giving away a a pair of free LSAT courses. The contest is open until Midnight, October 19th.

Grand Prize: LSAT Premium course - $349 value

Runner-Up Prize: LSAT Complete Course - $179 value

These courses will teach you everything you need to get a good score in December.

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You get one entry just for signing up. But you can increase your chance to win by sharing....you like sharing, right? For every friend you get to enter, you get ten additional entries.

You can share via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or URL once you sign up.

Good luck in December! You can enter the contest here.

 

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The video is an excerpt from our online LSAT course. If you like the video, you'll like the course. If you want to give it a test run first, you can sign up for our free trial.

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Reading Comprehension might feel impossible to improve at. Either you read well, or you don't, right?

While a lot of students find it tough to get better at LSAT Reading Comprehension, don't let that stop you. There are ways to get better at RC.

The video above gives you an Introduction To Reading Comprehension. For more RC tips, check out the Memory Method for Reading Comprehension.

Material Covered In The Video

Active reading

  • New, unfamiliar, boring subject matter and vocabulary
    • Familiarity with subject matter matters
    • Be well read
  • Focus, Focus, Focus!
  • Ask questions
  • Piece information together as you read
  • Use your imagination
  • Anticipate the direction of the passage

How they lose you

  • You fall asleep
  • Referential phrasing
  • Modifiers/embedded clauses
  • Push back/connect the dots

Things they care about

  • Main point/conclusion
    • Factually accurate?
    • Correct emphasis?
  • Author’s attitude or tone
  • Facts, details
    • Can you clearly recall the facts with accuracy?
    • Can you push out inferences from these facts and details?
  • Passage structure
    • Relationship between the paragraphs
      • The flow of concepts/ideas
  • Different arguments, different view points
    • Clearly distinguish

Miscellany

  • So many words!
  • Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
  • Last passage packed w/questions – 7 or 8
  • Practice skipping questions for time
  • Focus spending time upfront on the passage
    • Wrong answers are time sinks

The video was an excerpt from our online LSAT course. If you liked the video, you'll like the course. If you want to give it a test run first, you can sign up for our free trial.


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LSAT proctors on test day are strict. They make you stop at 35 minutes, period. You get very little time between sections. You only get one break, after the third section.

Yet a lot of students practice with breaks between every section. They fill in answers past time. They give themselves liberties they won't get on test day.

When they write the actual LSAT, they're in for a shock. It's harder than the way they've been practicing.

Do yourself a favor, and take timed tests the right way, using official time. We've already made a virtual LSAT proctor which you can use for timed practice LSATs.

Now we've brought together a few more tools to help you practice accurately.

LSAT Proctor Instructions Video

Below you will hear us reading to you the official instructions given to LSAT proctors by the LSAC. This is what proctors use to run things on test day. Listen to these instructions being read aloud and you'll know exactly what is allowed and not allowed on test day. You might find it helpful to play them before taking a practice LSAT, and practice filling in the information on the scoresheet.

You don't need to do this every time, but doing it once will help give you a better idea what test day feels like.

For more useful tools, check out our free LSAT prep tools page.

Do you find it difficult to do LSATs under timed conditions on your own? Did you learn anything new in these LSAT proctor instructions? Let us know in the comments!

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2013-03-13 Update:
If you are enrolled in a full course you can use the Study Schedule Generator to make a study schedule customized to your needs.

Students often ask for LSAT study schedules, so we decided to release ours for free. It's based on problem sets and lessons from our online LSAT course.

This schedule is designed to be used 10 weeks before test day. This is the same schedule that our 7Sage Live! in person LSAT course uses. If you're studying with a bit more time or a bit less, don't worry. Just modify this schedule to go a bit faster or slower, and it will work just fine. There's considerable freedom with the 10 week schedule.  It's a guideline.  Many students skip around, focusing on just what they need to.  Others do everything in it and then some.  We want there to be flexibility with how you use this schedule so the curriculum is tailored to your needs specifically.  To that end, our private tutors are here to help you make those decisions.  Email J.Y. at jy@7sage.com to inquire more about private tutoring.

Start now with our 10 weeks day-by-day LSAT study schedule below!

Week 1

Monday, 9/24:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Introduction to Arguments." (1 hour 27 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions." (1 hour 03 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Grammar & Argument Part Questions." (1 hour 50 minutes)

-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch video explanations for questions from PrepTest 66 if you still don't understand after Blind ReviewTuesday, 9/25: 6pm-9pm
-Live! Class Meeting
-Complete Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Argument Part Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.

Wednesday, 9/26:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Most Strongly Supported Questions." (1 hour 11 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Introduction to Logic." (3 hour 40 minutes)

Thursday, 9/27: 6pm-9pm
-Live! Class Meeting

-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 3 and check the answers.

Friday, 9/28:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Assumptions & Weakening Questions." (2 hour 19 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Strengthening Questions." (1 hour 15 minutes)

Saturday, 9/29: 10am-4pm
-Live! Class Meeting

-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 3 and check the answers.
-Complete Strengthen Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Strengthen Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.

Sunday, 9/30: Rest!  Continue reading

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/29), Esha Bhandari!

Bio: Esha Bhandari is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. She holds a B.A., First Class Honours, from McGill University, where she received the Allen Oliver Gold Medal in political science, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize in constitutional law and the Archie O. Dawson Prize for advocacy. During law school, Esha served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review, participated in the Human Rights Clinic, and completed an externship in the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit. She spent a summer working on refugee rights matters at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. Esha holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the ACLU, Esha clerked for the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ask Esha your questions about public interest law:


If you’re curious about Esha’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 29th) in the comments below.

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