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What do Point of Agreement Questions look like?

Point of Agreement questions provide you with a short dialogue and ask you to identify a point on which the two speakers agree. This might sound easy at first, but they’re never going to give you an answer choice that is explicitly stated by both speakers. Instead, you’ll have to do a little inferring to figure out where there’s agreement and where there’s disagreement between the two speakers. If you’re uncomfortable with this question type, you’ll be happy to know that this is an extremely uncommon question type on the LSAT. Fewer than 10 of them have appeared on the 77 most recent official LSATs.
 

A quick example

Mathilde: The forests in France are artificial. That’s why all the trees grow in perfectly straight rows and columns. You can see it clearly when you drive by on the highway.

Franco: I’ve seen the rows of trees you mention. However, those are areas where people have reclaimed marshland or replanted land that was cleared sometime in the past. Those are not the real forests of France.

Do Mathilde and Franco agree that the forest of France are artificial? Probably not. It seems as though Franco is arguing that France has real forests elsewhere in the country. Do they agree that the rows of trees planted by humans are forests at all? It doesn’t sound like it. Mathilde calls them forests, but Franco implies that these aren’t actually forests. Do they agree that there are places in France where the trees grow in straight rows? Yes. Mathilde clearly states this and Franco says he’s seen them before. This is a simple example, but hopefully it illustrates how some answer choices can sound awfully tempting, but are not fully supported by the text.

 

More Resources

Check out the post LSAT Logical Reasoning Point of Agreement 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 forms in which a Point of Agreement 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.
 

  • [Speaker #1]’s and [Speaker #2]’s statements most strongly support the claim that they would agree with each other on which one of the following?
  • Based on [Speaker #1]’s and [Speaker #2]’s comments, it can be concluded that they agree that…


 
As mentioned above, Point of Agreement questions are exceptionally uncommon, so there aren’t many examples of the language used to phrase them. However, it seems logical that you’ll see some form of “agree” in there somewhere. Otherwise, they should look very similar to Point of Contention questions, which are much more common and so provide a wider variety of possible phrasings for you to study.
 
 

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