Over our years in the LSAT prep industry, we have watched Dallas LSAT prep companies and LSAT tutoring companies come and go. We have watched the LSAT prep industry sprout curricula and programs, composed of categorical inefficiencies, ineffective methods, and LSAT tutors who are hired based on charisma rather than expertise. At The Waterton Group, we've built the most effective and efficient curriculum for getting a student to reach his or her maximum potential on the LSAT. We take the position that everyone is capable of a perfect 180 LSAT score with the right guidance and approach. How did we do this?
Simply stated, we found patterns. In development since 2006, our LSAT tutoring program understands that the LSAT is vital to law school admissions. To a great extent, your LSAT score determines where you work. Applying to law school is not an easy process; there are many variables to consider along the way, but one thing is for certain: the LSAT score does about 75% of the work in getting you in to (or leaving you out of) the school of your dreams.
Without a substantial understanding of the decision-making processes that the LSAT calls for, performance on the LSAT can be extremely volatile. Without a fundamental grasp of LSAT skills, a test-taker’s scores can wildly vary, and such volatility in performance can risk the achievement of any goal and create additional stress on test-day.
For those unfamiliar with the structure of the LSAT, the following is a brief overview of the exam:
There are four scored sections on every LSAT exam (one of the administered sections is a non-scored experimental section). Two of these sections test what LSAC, the makers of the LSAT, call “logical reasoning”, one tests “analytical reasoning”, and one tests “reading comprehension”.
Each section has roughly the same number of questions. It can therefore be said that 75% of the LSAT tests some form of reasoning and 25% tests comprehension. None of the LSAT tests prior knowledge. This makes the LSAT different from all the other standardized tests used in university admissions.
On the LR section, some methods of decision-making are allowed whereas all others lead to the wrong answers. There are many ways to pursue decision-making on the wrong basis or through a disallowed process, thereby wasting time and effort. As the LSAT is a timed exam, conserving time and energy is important. And so it is important that only the allowed processes of decision-making are relied on during the LR section.
The analytical reasoning (AR) section is commonly called the games section. A better name might be puzzles. Basically, the AR section is composed of four separate puzzle-like set-ups. In each set-up, there are variables that shift around or are constrained in some way or another, and you must find answers to specific inquiries that can be made given the set-up (either generally, in some way further constrained, or revised).
The reading comprehension (RC) section is often greatly misunderstood by students. This is because unlike the other sections on the LSAT — the LR and AR sections — which are specific to the LSAT in the sense that they do not appear on any other standardized test, the RC section on the LSAT seems to be similar to other reading-based exercises that a student may have encountered on other tests. Accordingly, many students think that they are already familiar with what the RC section expects from them. However, the RC section is not like any other reading-based exercise and involves an LSAT specific approach to reading and treatment of information.