Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sites That Promise Innovative “LSAT Busting” Secrets

Oy.

That about sums it up. Although I can teach you how to beat this test, it will not be by memorizing pictures and studying in your car (to name a few gimmicks I have seen).
The test is hard. In fact, LSAC spends lots of money keeping it that way! If gimmickry could defeat the test, LSAC would have altered it – yet the test remains basically unchanged. Even if you claim that this particular gimmick “slipped through the LSAC radar”, over 100,000 people take the LSAT every year, if there was a miracle LSAT technique everyone would be using it.

Finally, I’ve spent time engaging the gimmickry and found the aforementioned word the perfect definition: “a trick . . . intended to attract . . . business” (OSX dictionary).

Unfortunately, there is just no magic trick or genie to beat this test. (Well maybe if you found a genie... But if you found a genie and wished for a great LSAT technique you would be a silly person indeed :-)).

I know what your thinking: “well fine, but it can’t hurt, and it might even help!”

My reply: “albeit a seriously “unjustified conclusion" lets take for granted that the gimmick may help you do better on the LSAT. Nevertheless, ultimately, the gimmick will hurt you."

How?

Anything not tuned directly to the LSAT, ipso facto, teaches skills not required for the exam. In other words, techniques (when not based on real LSAT material) are not narrowly tailored to focus their entire attention on the tested skills. By presenting extraneous/unneeded material the technique incorporates things that will not be tested on the actual LSAT. Thus, by spending time with the gimmick you sacrifice valuable studying time that could have been focused entirely on the job at hand i.e., acing the LSAT.

In sum, the gimmick gets you less “bang for your buck.” Less return (improved score) proportional to your investment (time spent studying) then if you focused your entire investment on actual LSAT material.

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