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Why The LSAT Is So "Hard"

Updated: Jul 31, 2022

When I first started studying for the LSAT, it seemed so challenging to improve because each practice test seemed so different compared to the last. I felt like learning how to do a game or question was useless because I thought the game/question on the next LSAT would be completely different.


I couldn't have been more wrong.


Try this--redo a LSAT practice test or practice section you have taken a week or two ago. What were your results?


Naturally, you probably scored higher than the first time around. But did you still miss a significant number of questions? Were there still a considerable number of questions that stumped you? Were there still answer choices you were not 100% certain about?

If so, you did not review your PT thoroughly enough. I know I emphasize repetition and review on the SO much but it really, really is important. If you are still struggling with LSAT questions you have already seen, how do you expect to get a brand new question correct?

Remember, there is an important difference between getting a question correct because you remember the answer and getting it correct because you understood the methodology and reasoning behind it. If you get a question correct on your LSAT retake just because you remembered it was the answer, you should count it as incorrect and review it. Check out my previous post where I discuss how to review LSAT Logical Reasoning questions.

Here's the reality of the LSAT--there are DEFINITE patterns in the answer choices and the passages. The way to improve and recognize these patterns quickly is by learning from your mistakes and applying your knowledge on future similar LSAT questions. If you are still making the same mistakes on previous PTs, you are very likely to repeat those mistakes. Your goal is to soak in as many lessons from a section/PT and apply it to future LSATs.


The reason why each LSAT seems different from the last is because you are not seeing those relationships. It's not that the relationships are not there. The way to recognize the similarities is by storing each question (and your mistakes) into your long term memory. And how do you do that? You guessed it! Through repetition.

When you retake a section, you should be scoring at or near 100% accuracy, and you should be confident with your answer choices. If not, there are still lessons to be learned from that LSAT section. Stay Motivated!


Sincerely,

Impetus LSAT



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