This is probably the simplest question type (not to say it’s always easy). You are presented with an argument, and you must identify the conclusion or main point of the argument.
The conclusion is the “bottom line”, the thing that ultimately is being argued. It is always something written in the paragraph, that is supported by other information in the paragraph. It could be at the beginning, the middle, or the end of the paragraph.
I’ve seen different breakdowns, but there are essentially 10 different types of questions you’ll encounter on the Logical Reasoning section.
You absolutely don’t need to memorize what they are. (What would be the point of that? You’re not being hired to compose LSATs.)
The purpose of this guide is to show you what your basic strategy should be for each question type, so that you’ll know what to do when you see each one. You may notice a lot of overlap between them in strategy. You can use this as a reference guide, for when you identify question types that tend to give you trouble. 100% of the time, these strategies work every time, making them even better than Brian Fantana’s cologne.
This guide will teach you how to approach logical reasoning questions, and the section as a whole. It contains general strategy that is universal to all logical reasoning questions, and won’t go into individual question types (for a detailed breakthrough of all question types once you’re done reading this, click here).
If you’ve been looking for LSAT advice from traditional sources, you’ve probably heard many times about the importance of taking timed practice tests to prepare for LSAT. After all, the argument goes, the time limit is something you have to get used to, and what better way to do that than by practicing with it?
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