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Nearly all LSAT experts agree that reading outside articles is helpful as prep for LSAT. In this lesson, I want to show you how to improve your LSAT score by doing that. Let's read this very interesting article from the Economist together. It's less than 400 words and it's about attractive women.

Article summary

First, we're told that the conventional wisdom/hypothesis holds that attractive women should get ahead in the workplace. Why? Because people project positive attributes like sensitivity and poise onto them. Indeed, this conventional hypothesis is backed up with empirical evidence in the form of studies that show that attractive women are promoted more often.

Naturally, we think that this same advantage attractive women have in securing promotions would be present in securing job interviews, no?

As it turns out, new research reveals otherwise. The new empirical evidence suggests that attractive women who applied to jobs with a photo had to apply to an average of 11 jobs for every one interview offer. Contrast this with the exact same applicant who applied without a photo who only needed to apply to an average of 7 jobs to get an interview offer.

What's going on?

A new hypothesis is submitted: The dumb blonde hypothesis. People must think that prettier women are dumber. But, this hypothesis is immediately shut down. Prior to the study, these photos were rated on perceived intelligence and attractiveness and no correlation was found.

A better hypothesis is submitted: The jealousy hypothesis. 93% of Human Resources departments are women and they are the gatekeepers to interviews. They are discriminating against attractive female applicants.

Isn't this fascinating? Okay, but more to the point, from this passage, we can build many Logical Reasoning questions. Some of you seasoned LSAT students probably already sense an LR question looming on the horizon. That's a good sign!

Resolve-Reconcile-Explain question

RRE questions commonly introduce two seemingly conflicting ideas.  The two ideas could be hypotheses, phenomena, or data.  To build a RRE question out of this article, the passage would read:

It is generally accepted that attractive women get promoted more often but a new study finds that attractive women who submit photos with their applications to new jobs have less than half the interview rate than the same candidate who does not submit a photo.

Which one of the following, if true, would best resolve the apparent discrepancy above?

Within the article, we can find two resolutions (i.e., correct answer choices). First, we can say that people tend to think that prettier women are dumber. Second, we can say that employees who are gatekeepers to interviews are mostly women and women tend to be jealous of other beautiful women.

Weakening question

To make a Weakening question, we simply have to move some pieces around.  The stimulus would read:

A new study finds that attractive women who submit photos with their applications to new jobs have less than half the interview rate than the same candidate who does not submit a photo. This shows that people generally think that prettier women are dumber.

Which one of the following, if true, would best weaken the argument above?

Within the article, we can find two answers.  First, we can say that these photos were previously rated on perceived intelligence and attractiveness and no correlation was found. Second, we can offer an alternative hypothesis that says employees who are gatekeepers to interviews are mostly women and women tend to be jealous of other beautiful women.

See if you can build your own Strengthening, Descriptive Weakening, Weakening, or Resolve-Reconcile-Explain questions.

Or check out other Economist articles.  Their science articles are written like LSAT questions.

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Prep for LSAT and increase your LSAT score with the latest LSAT prep test!

LSAT PrepTest 68 from the December 2012 administration is now available for purchase through an instant PDF download.  In addition to the PDF, you will also get individual video explanations that cover every single question on the test.

The early bird 43% discount ($16.99) is on through Sunday.  After that, the price goes back to $29.99.  Purchase LSAT PrepTest 68 and all video explanations here.

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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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Free LSAT Prep Materials

Free LSAT materials from the LSAC!

The LSAC, the makers of the LSAT, have provided a lot of good, free LSAT practice materials. But they're buried amidst a lot of dull administrative information, so I made a list of what you should read.

First, the LSAC provides general information about the LSAC. The best part about that page is the 19-minute video “About the LSAC”. I highly recommend it. It’s a great overview of the test, and it covers things that even many experienced students are unaware of.

Free Sample LSAT Explanations And Practice LSAT

Next, the LSAC provides sample questions for every section, along with explanations. These are a great orientation to the test, and it’s one of the few places where the LSAC provides *official* explanations for LSAT questions.

Lastly, the LSAC provides a full LSAT, for free. You can download and print the June 2007 LSAT. This was the first LSAT that used comparative reading. It’s a recent LSAT, and you should definitely take it before test day.

That’s about it. The sample questions I linked to can all be found on the LSAC’s prep materials page. Ignore the html versions of the sample questions and June 2007 test - they don't follow the regular format for LSAT questions.

There’s one more page you should read in full: Day Of The Test

It’s long, and a bit dull, but it’s extremely important. It tells you exactly what to bring and what not to bring on test day. Some highlights: No cellphones in the test center(!), only use wooden pencils, no rulers, no digital watches. Read the whole thing.

That covers it for free LSAT practice materials from the LSAC. If you want more good, free LSAT info, you can check out our logic games videos. They explain every logic game from recent LSATs. Have a look....they're free!


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One of our most popular free tools is the free Virtual 4-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer and 5-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer. Students of our online course use them to take timed practice LSATs on their own. Since they're telling us that it's "useful as hell," "a brilliant idea," "SWEET!!!!!" - we thought we'd share the love. One of our students explains in detail why it's so helpful:

It's a great video for simulating actual testing conditions. It's really important to experience testing with a simulated proctor so you're not thrown off on the test day by a person announcing a five minute warning or by the lack of time between the first three sections. In a test that's as psychological as the LSAT, practicing dealing with those things is critical.

We agree.

You can conveniently download these video files as a small zip file, then play them on your computer. Or you can play them from this page here. Or you can download the app from the Apple App Store onto your iPhone.

4-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer:

5-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer:

You can also use this videos with the PrepTests that are included in our full online LSAT prep courses.

Study hard!

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