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3 Intellectual Skills found in the LSAT exam (graphic)

The three intellectual skills found in the LSAT

By Chaze Patrick, Outreach and Engagement Marketing Assistant

Are you thinking about going into a legal profession? You will need to prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to begin your journey. The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process and it is designed to gauge your skills needed to flourish in law school. We had a chance to interview our subject-matter expert, Nicholas LaRowe, Ph.D., associate professor and pre-law coordinator. He outlined the three competencies that will be measured on the LSAT.

Analytical reasoning

It is important to make connections on established rules and laws. Analytical reasoning focuses on drawing connections on protocol, rules and polices. For example, when someone is driving a vehicle, they must drive the appropriate speed based on the posted speed limit. If the driver goes over the speed limit, they may be penalized with a ticket for speeding.

Logical reasoning

This type of reasoning involves analyzing, evaluating and drawing conclusions on what is being stated or recited. Additionally, this reasoning has the benefit of collecting evidence to validate a position or argument. Think about when a presenter is speaking. They often find evidence to support their position.  

Reading comprehension

Understanding what you are reading is essential to comprehension. To heighten your comprehension skills, make sure to re-read the segment that may be confusing. Another suggestion is to take notes when reading to stay engaged.

Are you ready to take the next step to excel on the LSAT? Check out the link to get started: USI.edu/LSAT

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