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LSAT For Dummies


LSAT For Dummies

Book + 5 Practice Tests Online
3. Aufl.

von: Scott A. Hatch, Lisa Zimmer Hatch

22,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 07.01.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781119716297
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 416

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<p><b>Get on the right side of your Law School Admission Test</b></p> <p>It’s an unbreakable rule that to get into the majority of law schools or practice state law anywhere in the U.S., you must pass the dreaded LSAT. Designed to be the most objective measure of student ability available—unlike a much more subjective GPA—it’s the ultimate standardized test. This makes it relatively straightforward to prep for, and prep you must! This revised and totally updated new edition of <i>LSAT For Dummies</i> has everything you need to get ready to take – and take down – the LSAT.  With it, you’ll make an irrefutable case why you should be admitted to the school of your dreams.</p> <p>In a friendly, logical style, expert authors Scott and Lisa Hatch —who have coached thousands of students for LSAT success—cover the core concepts, smart strategies, and mental approaches you need to succeed. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to apply your enhanced argumentative muscle, analytical reasoning, and essay-writing and reading comprehension skills in full-length practice tests—all recalibrated in this new edition to account for the new computer-based exam format.</p> <ul> <li>Take 3 full-length practice tests (one online) plus additional practice questions</li> <li>Consolidate your knowledge in content review sections</li> <li>Compare your answers to sample answers and explanations</li> <li>Get 1-year access to an online test-bank for further practice</li> </ul> <p>With up to forty percent of students failing the LSAT each year, you need a solid study plan to conquer it. This book – with companion practice tests online – has you covered. </p>
<p><b>Introduction</b><b> 1</b></p> <p>About This Book 1</p> <p>Foolish Assumptions 2</p> <p>Icons Used in This Book 2</p> <p>Beyond the Book 3</p> <p>Where to Go from Here 3</p> <p><b>Part 1: Getting Started with the LSAT 5</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 1: The L Team: The LSAT and Its Administrators</b><b> 7</b></p> <p>Getting to Know the Enemy 8</p> <p>Taking a Quick Look at the Types of Questions 9</p> <p>Analytical reasoning — playing games with your head 9</p> <p>Logical reasoning — putting your arguing skills to good use 10</p> <p>Reading comprehension — concentrating and remembering what you read 10</p> <p>The writing sample — jumping the final hurdle 11</p> <p>You Gotta Score! 11</p> <p>Registering for the LSAT 12</p> <p>Preparing for the LSAT 13</p> <p>What really helps 13</p> <p>Practice makes perfect 14</p> <p>What Have You Done for Me Lately? The LSAC 14</p> <p>Creating and administering the LSAT 14</p> <p>Aiding in law school applications 15</p> <p>Providing other goods and services 15</p> <p><b>Chapter 2: Test-Taking Basics: Setting Yourself Up for Success</b><b> 17</b></p> <p>Planning Your LSAT Test-Taking Tactics 17</p> <p>Maximizing your chances 17</p> <p>Taking the straight or the winding road 18</p> <p>Taking the occasional break 19</p> <p>To Guess or Not to Guess 20</p> <p>The joy of statistics 20</p> <p>Is Choice (B) really best? 20</p> <p>Increase your odds: Eliminate the duds 20</p> <p>Readying Yourself for Battle 20</p> <p>What to bring 22</p> <p>What to leave behind 22</p> <p>Life after the LSAT: What to Do Now? 22</p> <p>Yeah, that worked for me 22</p> <p>Wait, I can do better than that! 23</p> <p><b>Chapter 3: The Lowdown on Law School Admissions</b><b> 25</b></p> <p>Choosing a Law School 25</p> <p>Where to go for information 25</p> <p>Important considerations 26</p> <p>Keeping ranking in mind 28</p> <p>Filling Out All the Forms — Applying to Law School 29</p> <p>Pick more than one 30</p> <p>How admissions work 30</p> <p>Don’t forget the money 32</p> <p><b>Part 2: Analytical Reasoning: Following the Rules of the Logic Game 33</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 4: Gaming the Analytical Reasoning Questions</b><b> 35</b></p> <p>Analyzing the Analytical Reasoning Section 35</p> <p>Setting Yourself Up for Success Step by Step 36</p> <p>Get the facts, decide between ordering and grouping, and set up your game board 36</p> <p>Consider the rules and modify your game board 37</p> <p>Answer the questions 40</p> <p>Attending to Some Analytical Reasoning Do’s 44</p> <p>Take time to develop your game board 44</p> <p>Pick your battles 44</p> <p>Remember that four wrongs make a right 44</p> <p>Stay calm 45</p> <p>Decide which problem to confront first 45</p> <p>Maintain your perspective 45</p> <p>Keep practicing 45</p> <p><b>Chapter 5: Proper Placement: Analytical Reasoning Ordering Games</b><b> 47</b></p> <p>Spotting Ordering Games 47</p> <p>Becoming Chairman of the (Game) Board 48</p> <p>Putting together the game pieces 49</p> <p>Drawing the box chart 49</p> <p>Recording the rules 49</p> <p>Analyzing the rules 52</p> <p>Answering Ordering Questions 56</p> <p>Substitute condition questions 56</p> <p>Completely determined order questions 58</p> <p>Ordering the Approach to an Advanced Game 59</p> <p><b>Chapter 6: Type Casting: Grouping Games</b><b> 63</b></p> <p>Classifying Grouping Games 63</p> <p>Following the Rules of Division 65</p> <p>Target rules 65</p> <p>Joining rules 66</p> <p>If/then rules 67</p> <p>Expanding the Grouping Game Board 68</p> <p>Mastering Practice Grouping Games 69</p> <p>An in/out grouping game 69</p> <p>A more complex grouping game 72</p> <p><b>Part 3: Logical Reasoning: Picking Apart an Argument 77</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 7: Analyzing Arguments: The Basics of Logical Reasoning</b><b> 79</b></p> <p>What You Can Expect in the Logical Reasoning Sections 80</p> <p>Taking a Systematic Approach 80</p> <p>Reading the question first 81</p> <p>Reading the argument 81</p> <p>Formulating an answer 82</p> <p>Reading the answers and eliminating the wrong ones 83</p> <p>Making a Case: Essentials of Informal Logic 84</p> <p>Fighting fair: The elements of an argument 84</p> <p>Getting from point A to point B: Types of reasoning 84</p> <p><b>Chapter 8: Conclusions, Inferences, Assumptions, and Flaws in Logical Reasoning Questions</b><b> 87</b></p> <p>Jumping to Logical Conclusions 88</p> <p>Using Your Noggin to Make Inferences 89</p> <p>Making Assumptions 91</p> <p>Finding Flaws in an Argument 92</p> <p><b>Chapter 9: Strengthening and Weakening Arguments</b><b> 95</b></p> <p>Understanding How These Questions Work 95</p> <p>Affecting cause-and-effect arguments 96</p> <p>Analyzing analogy arguments 97</p> <p>Stabbing at statistical arguments 98</p> <p>Build It Up: Strengthen/Support Questions 99</p> <p>Tear It Down: Weakening Questions 100</p> <p>A Twist: EXCEPT Questions 100</p> <p><b>Chapter 10: Examining Other Logical Reasoning Question Types</b><b> 103</b></p> <p>Reconciling Discrepancies and Paradoxes 103</p> <p>Looking for paradox questions 103</p> <p>Perusing a paradox example 104</p> <p>Finding Points of Agreement and Disagreement 105</p> <p>Assessing points that intersect and divide 105</p> <p>Analyzing an agreement/disagreement example 106</p> <p>Reasoning by Pattern 107</p> <p>Finding pattern-of-reasoning questions 107</p> <p>Patterning a reasonable example 108</p> <p>Exploring Arguments Based on Principles 110</p> <p>Pinpointing principles questions 110</p> <p>Parsing a principles example 110</p> <p>Figuring Out an Argument’s Structure 111</p> <p>Spotting structure questions 112</p> <p>Tackling a structure-of-argument example 112</p> <p>Knowing the Role Played by a Claim 113</p> <p>Determining a claim’s purpose 113</p> <p>Trying out the role of a claim example 114</p> <p><b>Part 4: Reading Comprehension: Read ’Em but Don’t Weep 115</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 11: Rites of Passage(s): Types of Reading Passages and Questions </b><b>117</b></p> <p>Presenting Reading Passages 118</p> <p>Experimenting with natural science passages 118</p> <p>Observing social science passages 119</p> <p>Entertaining a humanities passage 119</p> <p>Laying down the law-related passages 120</p> <p>Approaching Reading Questions 120</p> <p>Identifying the question type 121</p> <p>Eliminating answer choices 124</p> <p>Dealing with exception questions 125</p> <p><b>Chapter 12: Safe Landing: Mastering the Approach to Reading Comprehension</b><b> 127</b></p> <p>Reading Comprehension Strategy 127</p> <p>Skimming the questions 128</p> <p>To read or not to read 128</p> <p>Pacing Yourself through the Passages 129</p> <p>What to read for 129</p> <p>Getting the main point 129</p> <p>Absorbing the author’s tone 129</p> <p>Forming the framework: The passage’s outline 130</p> <p>Using the digital tools 130</p> <p>Deciding whether to work in or out of order 131</p> <p>Starting with the Questions 131</p> <p>Giving Sample Passage 1 a Shot: Influenza Vaccination 133</p> <p>Reading and highlighting or underlining 133</p> <p>Thinking about the passage 134</p> <p>Knocking down the questions 134</p> <p>Conquering Sample Passage 2: Manifest Destiny 138</p> <p>Answering questions and highlighting or underlining 138</p> <p>Answering the questions — full speed ahead 139</p> <p><b>Part 5: The Writing Sample: Penning a Persuasive Argument 143</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 13: Pick a Side, Any Side: Responding to the Writing Sample Prompt</b><b> 145</b></p> <p>Picking a Side — No Ridin’ the Fence 146</p> <p>Walking through a Practice Essay 146</p> <p>Organizing your argument 146</p> <p>One topic, two different essays 148</p> <p><b>Chapter 14: Practice Writing Samples</b><b> 151</b></p> <p>Topic 1: Choosing a Law School 151</p> <p>Sample answer: Choosing Law School A 152</p> <p>Sample answer: Fighting for Law School B 152</p> <p>Topic 2: The Sporting Goods Store 153</p> <p>Sample answer: Use state funds 154</p> <p>Sample answer: Don’t use state funds 154</p> <p><b>Part 6: The Real Deal: Full-Length Practice LSATs 155</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 15: Some Rainy-Day “Fun”: LSAT Practice Exam 1</b><b> 157</b></p> <p>Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 1 159</p> <p>Section I: Analytical Reasoning 161</p> <p>Section II: Logical Reasoning 166</p> <p>Section III: Reading Comprehension 175</p> <p>Section IV: Logical Reasoning 184</p> <p>Writing Sample 193</p> <p><b>Chapter 16: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations</b><b> 195</b></p> <p>Section I: Analytical Reasoning 195</p> <p>Section II: Logical Reasoning 208</p> <p>Section III: Reading Comprehension 215</p> <p>Section IV: Logical Reasoning 222</p> <p>Answer Key for Practice Exam 1 230</p> <p>Computing Your Score 231</p> <p><b>Chapter 17: Perfecting with Practice: LSAT Practice Exam 2</b><b> 233</b></p> <p>Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 2 235</p> <p>Section I: Logical Reasoning 237</p> <p>Section II: Reading Comprehension 246</p> <p>Section III: Logical Reasoning 256</p> <p>Section IV: Analytical Reasoning 266</p> <p>Writing Sample 270</p> <p><b>Chapter 18: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations</b><b> 273</b></p> <p>Section I: Logical Reasoning 273</p> <p>Section II: Reading Comprehension 280</p> <p>Section III: Logical Reasoning 287</p> <p>Section IV: Analytical Reasoning 293</p> <p>Answer Key for Practice Exam 2 306</p> <p><b>Chapter 19: Even More “Fun”: LSAT Practice Exam 3</b><b> 307</b></p> <p>Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 3 309</p> <p>Section I: Logical Reasoning 311</p> <p>Section II: Reading Comprehension 320</p> <p>Section III: Analytical Reasoning 329</p> <p>Section IV: Logical Reasoning 333</p> <p>Writing Sample 342</p> <p><b>Chapter 20: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations</b><b> 345</b></p> <p>Section I: Logical Reasoning 345</p> <p>Section II: Reading Comprehension 354</p> <p>Section III: Analytical Reasoning 362</p> <p>Section IV: Logical Reasoning 374</p> <p>Answer Key for Practice Exam 3 383</p> <p><b>Part 7: The Part of Tens 385</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 21: Ten (Plus One) Myths about the LSAT</b><b> 387</b></p> <p>The LSAT Doesn’t Have Anything to Do with Law School 387</p> <p>You Can’t Study for the LSAT 388</p> <p>You Must Take a Prep Course to Do Well on the LSAT 388</p> <p>Some People Just Can’t Do Analytical Reasoning Problems 388</p> <p>You Can Spot Difficult Questions Before You Work Them 388</p> <p>B is the Best Letter to Guess 389</p> <p>No One Reads the Writing Sample 389</p> <p>Finishing a Section is Better Than Concentrating on Two-Thirds of It 389</p> <p>A Great LSAT Score Guarantees Admission to a Great Law School 390</p> <p>The LSAT is Used Only for Admissions Purposes 390</p> <p>Your Score Won’t Improve if You Retake the LSAT 390</p> <p><b>Chapter 22: Ten Kinds of Law You Can Practice</b><b> 391</b></p> <p>Business/Corporate 391</p> <p>Criminal 391</p> <p>Domestic Relations/Family Law 392</p> <p>Employment/Labor 392</p> <p>Intellectual Property 392</p> <p>International 392</p> <p>Personal Injury/Insurance Defense 393</p> <p>Real Estate 393</p> <p>Tax 394</p> <p>Trusts and Estates/Probate 394</p> <p>Index 395</p>
<p><b>Scott A. Hatch, JD, and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA,</b> have helped thousands of students confront standardized tests with confidence and achieve success. They have coached paralegals and other legal professionals with live-lecture, online, DVD, and independent-study courses through more than 300 universities.
<p><b>FEATURES</b> <ul> <li>5 Practice Tests Online</li> <li>Expert Strategies</li> <li>Practice Sets</li> <li>Study Tips</li> </ul> <p><b>Get exam-ready with online practice tests</b> <p>The Law School Admissions Test examines your skills in reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning. To achieve your best score, you'll need to be familiar with both the LSAT content and the testing format. This comprehensive test-prep guide provides both, along with five full-length practice tests (three in the book, plus two more online), so you can assess your readiness and see where you need more study. You'll be able to review the foundational concepts for every section, see complete explanations, get test-taking tips, and much more! <p><b>Inside...</b> <ul> <li>Examine the types of questions</li> <li>Register for the test</li> <li>Develop your study plan</li> <li>Choose a law school</li> <li>Set yourself up for success</li> <li>Delve into the logic games</li> <li>Figure out how to dissect an argument</li> <li>Create a persuasive essay</li> </ul>

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