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What do Main Idea/Conclusion Questions look like?

Main Idea questions are straightforward: they ask you identify the conclusion of the argument. Each answer choice will summarize a different statement in the stimulus, and you have to determine which ones are the premises and which one is a new idea drawn from those premises.

Check out the post LSAT Logical Reasoning Main Idea Questions for a more detailed overview of this question type and how to approach it, or visit our Logical Reasoning Library for tons of information on this section of the exam.

Below is a list of some of the common ways in which a Main Idea question can be phrased. If you’ve seen one that isn’t on this list, please leave it in a comment so we can include it.
 

  • Which of the following most accurately expresses the overall conclusion of the argument
  • Which of the following most clearly states the main idea of the argument?
  • In the argument, the statement that [some premise] is offered in support of the claim that…


 
Most Main Idea questions have the structure shown in the first example. Almost all of them ask about the “conclusion” or the “overall conclusion”. The last example is a rare illustration of how Main Idea questions might be disguised. With Main Idea questions, the trick is to remember that you are being asked to point out something explicitly stated in the argument. All you have to do is differentiate between evidence and conclusion.
 
 

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