Why Logical Reasoning is the Most Important LSAT Section

Most important LSAT section

In case you didn’t read the blurb/summary for this post, there actually is a most important LSAT section. Some people are going to say the most important LSAT section is the logic games, while others will say it’s the reading comprehension. Well, I’m telling you right now that both of those people, and I don’t care who they are, are completely wrong.

You may not have known this, but the LSAT is actually a weighted exam. That means that two sections on the test each take up 25% of your grade, while one part of the exam takes up 50% of your grade. If you haven’t guessed which section on the exam I’m talking about yet, you’re about to. I’ll even give you three guesses.

It’s the Logical Reasoning Section

So I don’t really know if this is a secret or not. If it is, then I’m here to try and get that stinking cat out of the bag. Sure, all of the sections on the exam are important. If you bomb the Logic Games, or the Reading Comprehension, your grade is not going to be good.

However, your score on the LSAT is going to be 100% worse if you don’t do well on the logical reasoning. Here’s why:

There are 2 Logical Reasoning Sections

Not counting the experimental section, which could be any of the three areas (in my case is the was logical reasoning portion … go figure), you’re going to get tested on reading comprehension once, logic games once, and logical reasoning twice.

So, let’s say the exam has 100 questions, and each sections has 25 questions. That means you’ll have 25 reading comprehension questions, 25 logic games questions, and 50 logical reasoning questions. If you look closely, you’ll see that the logical reasoning section essentially takes up 50% of the exam.

I know what you’re asking yourself now, though. “I don’t see why this matters. How should it change the way I study for this test?”

Your improvement in Logical Reasoning is double improvement … compared to the other two sections

Let’s look at this another way. Let’s say you’re averaging an 18 on your reading comprehension. You decide to put a bunch of time into studying and making your score 4 points better. It takes you an extra 2 hours each day, but at the end of a three week stretch of intense study, you’re able to get that score up to a 22 on average. Not too shabby, right? A 4 point increase on any section is nothing to be ashamed of. It will change your scaled score from a 161 to a 163.

Now, however, I want to translate this over to the logical reasoning portion of the exam, taking the same numbers from the reading comprehension. Now, you’re averaging 18 on the logical reasoning portion. You take the same three weeks to raise your average score by 4 points. Now, your average LSAT score goes up 8 points. Did you see what I did there? Since there are two sections, and your average score was raised by 4 points, that means your score jumped up to a 22 for two sections, instead of one. That means your score would jump from a 161 to a 166! That is completely amazing.

But it gets even better. What if you’re only able to increase your score by 3 points on the logical reasoning over the same period of time? Guess what, you still get a better return, since those 3 points will translate to 4 points, giving you 165 instead of a 161.

In fact, even if you’re only able to increase your logical reasoning score by 2 point on average, you’re still going to be, at a minimum, in exactly the same spot you would have been if you spent that time increasing your reading comprehension score.

Putting it all together

Now, I’m not here to tell you to ignore the reading comprehension and the logic games sections. That would be just plain stupid. However, I am recommending something that you probably weren’t doing in the past. The good thing is, it’s really simple. All you need to do is spend 50% of your time studying the logical reasoning section, 25% of your time studying the reading comprehension section, and 25% studying the logic games section.

It’s plain math. There’s no way around the fact that your return for studying the logical reasoning will always be 2 times better than for any other section. While the test-writers made this exam ridiculously difficult, and it gives a bunch of people some really big headaches, they have also given you this amazing nugget, and essentially hid it from everyone out there. Don’t waste this opportunity.

So, what are you going to do?

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  • Randall

    Randall earned his JD from the University of Denver in 2013. He received his BA in Communications and Social Science from the University of Washington in 2010. Randall took the LSAT twice, and managed to improve his score by 14 points the second time around. He paid the price of learning to score high on the LSAT and hopes to help other potential law students avoid similar pain.

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