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on April 13, 2018

Timed?

Hello! I was wondering if I should be timing myself on the Diag tests. If not, when should I start getting my timing down?

3 Replies

Anita on April 14, 2018

Hi! Your focus on timing can vary per person (helpful, I know), but it is important to time yourself regularly. One of the biggest hurdles of the LSAT is not just getting the questions right, but getting them right in a timed setting.

Depending on how far away you are from your test, you may start with just doing timed full tests every other week, or you may want to do one or two a week. But don't overdo it! You'll burn out then, which is what happened to me once. You may find it helpful to alternate doing timed tests and just doing timed sections. This will also give you a realistic understanding of what your score is and whether you need to do some test taking strategy.

After all, even if you can get every logic game question right in an hour, the LSAT won't count that; it'll only count what you can do in 35 minutes.

Zaviea on March 7 at 12:21AM

Are assumption questions basically main point questions?

Jacob on March 7 at 04:18AM

Hi Zaviea-Gaynor,

No, assumption questions are not main point questions.

Main point questions are testing whether you can identify the conclusion of an argument. This is the part of the passage that everything else in the argument supports, either directly or indirectly.

Question stems for this type of questions are generally something like:

Which one of the following most accurately describes the conclusion. . .

Which one of the following most precisely expressed the main conclusion that so and so. . .

Etc.

Assumption questions, in contrast, require to identify something that the conclusion depends on. In other words, without that assumption, the conclusion would not be logical.

These question stems tend to look like:

Which one of the following is an assumption upon which the argument depends?

The argument assumes which one of the following. . .

Etc.

It is an important difference! I hope this clarification helps.