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on March 24 at 05:31PM

Broad Question about approaching these (and almost any LSAT question)

Hello, When approaching one of the questions, I am wondering if it makes sense to stop once you've found the correct answer. I understand in the video that you should explain why all the answers are false, but when taking the real LSAT, once I determine that B is correct should I even read C,D, and E? or is it in the interest of time to just answer as soon as I find one that I think is right? Does my question make sense? I can rephrase if need be.

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Shunhe on March 24 at 07:31PM

Hi @kendalla14,

Thanks for the question! I think that generally, you should be wary of stopping once you’ve found what you think is the correct answer, especially in Reading Comprehension and most Logical Reasoning questions. This is because a lot of the answer choices are designed to trick you and make you think they’re the right answer choice, and if you don’t check the other answer choices, you might miss the trap. Also, sometimes an answer choice might be kind of right, but the LSAT requires that we pick “the best answer.” There might be a better answer choice in one of the later answer choices, and that answer choice will be the correct answer on the LSAT.

There are a few exceptions to this rule. If you’re in a time-crunch on exam day and you are almost certain about an answer choice, it might make more sense to just move onto the next question and then come back to questions and finish reading out the other answer choices once you’ve finished everything if you have time at the end. Also, I think that generally, it’s more safe to stop when you’ve found the correct answer on Logic Games. This isn’t a hard rule, and if you have time, you should still check all the answer choices in case you made a mistake. But in Logic Games (and certain Logical Reasoning questions), the pieces of the logical puzzle will “click” together in a way that you just know that what you did is the correct answer. If it’s a question that strictly concerns logic, then the answer you arrive at will be logically compelled, and it will be 100% right (and so nothing will be “more right” than it). Here’s an example:

A
A —> B
Conclusion: C

Say the question asks us to find the assumption. If answer choice (A) says “B —> C,” we know that it has to be correct because it is a correct answer and logically fills in the argument. Of course, like I said, it’s best practice to just check all questions when you can, since you might misread the answer choice or diagram something incorrectly.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.