If J is more popular than L, and S is more popular than P, then which one of the following must be true of the ranking?

Raquel on July 1, 2017

Why is it answer A?

I would like greater clarification as to why the other options do not work.


Mehran on July 6, 2017

@raquel9595 you can watch the videos for the setup and each question by tapping the â–¶ icon in the top right hand corner of the screen while viewing this game in LSATMax.

You can view this game directly from this message board by tapping "View" in the top right hand corner.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Laura on September 9, 2017

From the video explanation, working it out the same way puts P as 7th. So why could E be the correct answer?

on February 9, 2018

Hello! The reason why E can't be the answer is because the question states "Must Be True". The problem with E is that P COULD be seventh because ordinarily P could still be sixth and compliment the rule that S is more popular than P. The answer choice is A because as we saw in the hypothetical to question 1 and in the conditions that J is more popular than Q, well now it's J is more popular than Q and L. Hope this helps!

Skylar on May 2, 2020

@rutzenlaura, happy to help!

(E) is incorrect. We are asked to identify that answer choice that "must be true."

While you are correct that P could be 7th, it does not always have to be seventh. Instead, V could be placed seventh.

For example, we could work out the sequence from the video explanation as follows:
H J (Q/L) (L/Q) S P V
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Therefore, (E) is incorrect because it is not true that P must always be 7th.

Does that make sense? Please let us know if you have any other questions!

on August 11, 2020

Would it be safe to use the answer number one to also conclude why A is the correct answer or is it always safe to sketch it out?

on September 11, 2020

@skylar ^^

on January 24, 2021

Hey, Can someone clarify why using the original sketch is not an option when answering this question? that's the first thing I did was use the sketch and got the right answer. I am sure it is a reason why I should not though.