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Logic Games Bible author Dave Killoran (@davekilloran) and PowerScore Test Prep VP Jon Denning (@jonmdenning) are two of the world’s foremost experts on the LSAT and law school admissions, and they’ve created the PowerScore LSAT PodCast to share their knowledge and experience with you! Topics will range from specific LSAT concepts and strategies to test changes and updates to admissions advice and frequently-asked student questions, so be sure to (1) subscribe, (2) rate and review us, and (3) email us with any questions or concerns you’d like for us to cover at lsatpodcast@powerscore.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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January 2020 LSAT Recap

January 2020 LSAT Recap

2020-01-1501:20:55

The first of 2020’s ten LSATs has now been administered, and Jon and Dave are here with their take! Listen as they deconstruct the January test from an overview of student feedback and general difficulty to a section-by-section breakdown to their scale prediction and what that means for your results. They also discuss what this latest LSAT and its content mean for the upcoming February, March, and April exams.
It’s a new year, and it begins with an unprecedented LSAT-bang: four straight months with a test. To help get you ready, Dave and Jon broke out their crystal balls and set to predicting what’s most likely to occur on these upcoming exams and how you can best prepare. You’ll also hear about recent trends and content stats so you can prioritize where to spend your time leading up to test day!
Jon and Dave wrap up their discussion from Episode 34 about How to Take A Practice LSAT by examining precisely how to best interpret your test results. As part of that conversation they outline what it means to perform a blind review (and the various ways to do so), as well as what PowerScore’s free scoring analytics tell you about your performance and how they should guide your next steps.
With a last look at the November 2019 LSAT, Dave and Jon review the latest Logic Games section, analyzing the four games and their questions. Listen in as they provide advice on how to best approach each game and its setup, and give thoughts on the section as a whole and how it affected the test’s scoring scale.
Jon and Dave explore the continuing saga that is the November 2019 LSAT. Specifically they outline how the multiple make up exams have played out, from the initial reschedules to this past weekend’s retakes. They also offer some words of encouragement for those whose November didn’t go to plan, whether that means a December make up or a test date pushed to next year (spoiler: don’t fret; you’re going to be okay, and Dave and Jon explain precisely why).
Hot on the heels of the November LSAT, Jon and Dave give their thoughts on the exam, covering everything from test content to (the many) center issues.
How To Take A Practice LSAT

How To Take A Practice LSAT

2019-11-2001:14:081

Episode 34 sees Dave and Jon break down one of the most important components of successful LSAT prep: the ideal way to take practice tests! Specifically, you’ll hear them cover everything from the various digital testing platforms to the proper use of experimental sections to recommended locations for testing. They also spend time discussing pre-test routines and mentality, and managing your schedule to accommodate testing and review while avoiding burnout.
Jon and Dave are back with another student mailbag episode, which means you’ll hear them tackle a whole host of commonly asked questions, from test diagramming advice to score fluctuations (and how to handle them). You’ll also get their take on everything from accommodated testing to how to best use the full spectrum of PowerScore’s publications.
Another test is in the books, and Dave and Jon are here to talk you through it! Tune in as Episode 32 breaks down the October 2019 LSAT, including the highs and lows of test day, a section by section look at the exam’s content, and an official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the upcoming November LSAT, and how to best prepare for the exams ahead!
The September 2019 LSAT Logic Games section was a killer for many test takers, but Jon and Dave are here to help! Tune in as they deconstruct the latest set of games and explain exactly how to tackle this test’s toughest content.
Episode 30 brings breaking news about the future of the LSAT’s most notorious feature, Logic Games! Specifically, Dave and Jon decrypt a just-published press release co-signed by LSAC that raises speculation (to put it mildly) that within the next four years the test will no longer contain a Logic Games section. They cover possible interpretations of the article’s wording, potential confirmation of the change from an inside source, and content that could theoretically replace Games if they are in fact removed.
In this fourth and final edition of their Flaw in the Reasoning coverage, Dave and Jon explore one of the LSAT’s most nerve-wracking scenarios: correctly approaching Flaw questions where the error isn’t common or clear. So how do you solve for flaws you can’t identify? Tune in to find out!
Episode 28 features a detailed review of the September 2019 LSAT, the first all-digital test ever administered! Jon and Dave discuss the ups and downs of the digital rollout, then cover the test section by section examining the scored content, overall student impressions, and their official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the rest of 2019 and beyond, so whether you’re curious about the September test you just took, or want a preview of what’s to come, this is for you!
More Flaws! Episode 27 sees Jon and Dave add a third installment to their series on common logical flaws, this time tackling six key errors in total: Composition/Division, Uncertain Use of a Term, False Analogies, False Dilemmas, Relativity/Degree, and Sunk Cost. Make sure you’re familiar with each of these ideas before test day!
In Episode 26, Jon and Dave continue their exploration of common flaws, focusing on Straw Man attacks, Appeal Fallacies, and the ever-present Survey Errors that so often beguile test takers.
As we fast approach the final three LSATs of 2019, Dave and Jon dust off their crystal balls and set about predicting exactly what to expect from each of these upcoming tests! Specifically, they review the Digital LSAT lessons learned in July, exploring some of the most common issues faced and how to address them on test day, then turn to a section-by-section analysis of recent trends to help you anticipate what you’ll see and prioritize your prep accordingly. Anyone with a 2019 test ahead of them needs to give this a listen!
In Episode 24, Dave and Jon begin their multi-part analysis of Flaw in the Reasoning questions, first providing a detailed overview of this tricky question type and then exploring three common but misunderstood flaw categories: Evidence Errors, Source Arguments, and Circular Reasoning. Within each they break down how the error operates and ways to spot it, common scenarios using specific examples, and finally how the test makers represent these flaws in the complex wording of answer choices.
Episode 23 picks up right where 22 left off: with Jon and Dave continuing last week’s discussion of conditional reasoning! Specifically, they ramp up the complexity and outline how to handle unusual language like “unless” statements and “either/or” constructions, make conditional chains and spot the inferences they provide, tackle scenarios with multiple sufficient and necessary elements, and even master the elusive double-arrow. This is conditionality at its highest level.
In the PodCast’s 22nd Episode, Dave and Jon begin what will become a multi-part look at conditional reasoning, one of the test’s most critical concepts. In this first discussion they explore the nature of what makes statements conditional, define the key distinctions between sufficient and necessary conditions, and offer insights on making the right kind of inferences when faced with conditionality (while also avoiding the traps the test makers so frequently employ).
Episode 21 tackles one of the most powerful—but frequently misunderstood—techniques for attacking Logic Games: utilizing Templates to represent limited outcomes and solutions. In this discussion, Dave and Jon outline exactly how and why Templates work, the wide range of clues to help you recognize their presence, and safety measures to prevent you from pursuing them when you shouldn’t. Anyone struggling to reach perfection in games needs to hear this!
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