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How Your Science Fair Project Prepared You for LSAT Logical Reasoning

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - How Your Science Fair Project Prepared You for LSAT Logical Reasoning by Ally Bell

When I was in fourth grade, I designed a bizarre, painful, and deeply flawed experiment for the school science fair. My goal was to test the relative effectiveness of garlic and bug spray for repelling mosquitoes. I sacrificed myself for science and covered one-third of my arm in garlic, one-third in bug spray, and one-third in nothing, then stood outside next to the swampy forest at dusk to tally the bug bites. Even with fake arms hanging off of my project board, dotted with permanent marker “mosquito bites,” I still only took home an honorable mention. Read more

The Spookiest Parts of the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - The Spookiest Parts of the LSAT by Patrick Tyrrell

If you’re a new trick-or-treater to the neighborhood, you have no strategy but to try every house. However, once you’ve lived there a few years, you’ve been around the block (literally). You know your different neighbors’ tendencies. You know what kind of candy they’re likely to give out. You know which houses to avoid:
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Big News: LSAT Going Digital in July!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Big News: LSAT Going Digital in July! by Manhattan Prep

We should have known it could happen to LSAT. If it can happen to music and movies and photographs and phones and, yes, even to wristwatches, then it can happen to the test:

The LSAT is going from analog to digital. Read more

The Key to Logic Games is Not Diagrams

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - The Key to Logic Games is Not Diagrams by Chris Gentry

I taught a class yesterday, and while we were working through a particular game in the Logic Games section (this one had ordering rules nested inside conditional logic), many people had questions about the best way to draw those rules. Read more

Do I Take a Gap Year before Law School?

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Do I Take a Gap Year before Law School? by Stratus Admissions Counseling

Applicants often ask us if they should take a gap year after college before they attend law school. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Increasingly, however, many top law schools seem to be in favor of taking some time away from academics before pursuing a law degree. Among Yale’s Class of 2020, 38% are 1-2 years out of college and 46% are 3+ years out of college. Here are a few reasons why taking a gap year might be the right choice for you. Read more

Conditional Logic Doppelgangers

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Conditional Logic Doppelgangers by Ally Bell

Diagramming Conditional Logic is a huge part of LSAT success, and can also be a major hurdle for many students to overcome. I’ve noticed over the years that there are two major sticking points in Conditional Logic for many of my students: pairs of conditional statements that look similar but mean different things. These Conditional Logic doppelgangers are if versus only if and mutually exclusive pairs. Let’s tackle both. Read more

LSAT Reading Comprehension Club, Week 15

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - LSAT Reading Comprehension Club, Week 15 by Matt Shinners

Welcome to our LSAT Reading Comprehension Club! Like a book club, but more LSAT. And fewer pages. Read more about it, and why we think it’ll help you with Reading Comp, in our first LSAT Reading Comprehension Club article here. Read more

Three Guidelines to the Logical Reasoning Negation Test

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Three Guidelines to the Logical Reasoning Negation Test by Chris Gentry

If you’ve been studying for the LSAT, you probably know that one Logical Reasoning question type (Necessary Assumption) involves something called the negation test. If you’re not aware of this, I recommend you stop reading this and search out information on that question type first! Read more

LSAT Reading Comprehension Club, Week 14

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - LSAT Reading Comprehension Club, Week 14 by Matt Shinners

Welcome to our LSAT Reading Comprehension Club! Like a book club, but more LSAT. And fewer pages. Read more about it, and why we think it’ll help you with Reading Comp, in our first LSAT Reading Comprehension Club article here. Read more

Deep Dive: Causality on the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Deep Dive: Causality on the LSAT by Ben Rashkovich

Causality is one of the biggest, baddest, trickiest topics on the LSAT—and it happens to be one of the most interesting, as well. (In fact, it’s my third-biggest LSAT crush!)

It’s a difficult concept in theory, but also in practice: causality shows up a lot in Strengthen/Weaken questions, which are statistically the most difficult questions in Logical Reasoning.

So let’s break it down. Read more