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LSAT Watches Banned by LSAC

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - LSAT Watches Banned by LSAC by Matt Shinners

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Just a quick note to any student thinking about buying (or using) one of those LSAT watches on test day—don’t! Read more

9 Things You Need to Know about the Day of the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - 9 Things You Need to Know about the Day of the LSAT by Ben Rashkovich

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Have you been studying for the LSAT for months? Going to classes, reading textbooks, and trying out problems every day? Have you drilled all of your Logic Game types and figured out the secret to identifying every flaw known to humankind?

That’s awesome. But you’re not done. Read more

Drop the Phone and Pick Up Some Books!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Drop the Phone and Pick Up Some Books! by Ben Rashkovich

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Last month, I wrote about how diving into Shakespeare can help you improve your LSAT Reading Comprehension score, by forcing you to “read for the scale.” (If you’re not sure what that means, check out the article!)

While the scale is important in every passage you’ll tackle—since the LSAT is, of course, a test about arguments—you shouldn’t neglect the fundamentals of Reading Comprehension as a general test section. It’s on just about every standardized test, from the SATs and ACTs to the LSATs and MCATs… And for good reason.   

So, LSAT-specific Reading Comprehension tips aside, how can you get better at the basics?

One answer: Read more books! Read more

Want to Improve Your LSAT Reading Comprehension Score? Try Shakespeare

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Want to Improve Your LSAT Reading Comprehension Score? Try Shakespeare by Ben Rashkovich

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To many people I’ve encountered studying for the LSAT, the Reading Comprehension section is the toughest to study for. How do you get better at reading, after all?

But as you might guess, LSAT Reading Comprehension involves a lot more than just reading and understanding passages. You’re actually being tested on your logical analysis, the speed and efficiency of your close reading, and your ability to extrapolate from facts you’re given.

Which means it’s absolutely something you can improve. Read more

Introducing THE BRIEF—Your Free LSAT Email Series!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Introducing THE BRIEF—Your Free LSAT Email Series! by Manhattan Prep

We here at Manhattan Prep are excited to announce the launch of a brand new product—THE BRIEF!

THE BRIEF is a comprehensive LSAT email series/study plan. Served straight to your inbox, you decide the frequency of lessons. Every other day, once a day, or twice a day, you’ll receive a chapter covering an LSAT topic, assignments to complete, and outside prep resources to use. By the time you’ve finished the series, you’ll have learned all concepts on the exam through over 200 pages of material, and then practiced them extensively through dozens of assignments.

The best part? It’s completely free. Read more

Zen and the Art of Test-Taking: How Meditation Can Improve Your LSAT Score

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Zen and the Art of Test-Taking: How Meditation Can Improve Your LSAT Score by Ben Rashkovich

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One tried and true way to improve your LSAT score is to study the right strategies. How should you diagram an Open Grouping game? How should you approach a Sufficient Assumption question? And what the heck is conditional logic? Read more

Closer Reading: The Stories Behind LSAT RC Passages and LR Questions – PrepTest 56, Section 4, Passage 1

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Stories Behind the LSAT: Amos Tutola by Matt ShninersUnder the time constraints of the LSAT, you won’t have time to appreciate some of the great content in the Reading Comprehension passages and Logical Reasoning questions. In this blog series, we’re slowing things down to tell some of the most interesting stories from the test and explain how they can aid in your LSAT prep.


Anyone who took PrepTest 56 learned a little about Amos Tutuola and his folktales (not novels), as the author classified them, in the reading comprehension questions of section 4, passage 1. He wrote in the African oral tradition, according to the passage, and his works should be viewed through that lens.

But what else can we learn about the man? Read more

Closer Reading: The Stories Behind RC Passages and LR Questions – PrepTest 37, Section 1, Passage 3

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Stories Behind the Test: Ralph Ellison by Matt ShinnersUnder the time constraints of the LSAT, you won’t have time to appreciate some of the great content in the Reading Comprehension passages and Logical Reasoning questions. In this blog series, we’re slowing things down to tell some of the most interesting stories from the test and explain how they can aid in your LSAT prep.


Ralph Ellison and his most famous novel, The Invisible Man, featured prominently in passage 3 of PrepTest 37’s Reading Comprehension section, which suggests the writers of the LSAT felt that the average reader wouldn’t know much about him. After all, they try to pick more obscure subjects to avoid giving anyone an advantage. Hopefully, however, this post makes him slightly more visible to the average LSAT prepper! Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Jurassic World (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - #MovieFailMondays - Jurassic World (Or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT) by Matt Shinners

Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖


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The below video has been included so that you can listen to the Jurassic Park theme song while reading this post, so please click play! We’ve included it here so that we can evoke a completely unearned sense of grandeur and childlike wonder in our blog. Read more

In the News: Is Great Teaching Teachable?

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Manhattan Prep Blog - In the News: Is Great Teaching Teachable? by Noah TeitelbaumDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding. Select your test to sign up now.


This past week, several of our instructors emailed me a recent Economist article, Teaching the Teachers. One of the main ideas of the article is that great teachers are not born—they’re made. Read more