June 2013 LSAT, LR1, Q21, Nobel prize for science

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project My class includes optional proctored practice tests. They've usually been at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings, when most students would probably prefer to be sleeping off Friday night's revelry or, well, doing anything else besides the LSAT. Not too many students take me up on those tests... I'll have 30 people in a class and only 10 might show up on Saturday morning. Emily Kenyon was always there, bright and early. The first ingredient for a great LSAT score is the willingness to put in the work. Emily put in the work, and it obviously paid off... to the tune of a bitchin' 174.

Guest blogger:  Emily Kenyon

Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I'm originally from Monkton, Vermont. I moved out to California after college for some warmer weather! I love traveling, photography, and pugs. I spent 3 months studying for the LSAT. I started studying with Nathan's class in March. My first diagnostic score was a 153. Nathan's class helped me get started with the logic games and begin to understand the test as a whole. In addition to teaching the LSAT, he also provided tons of advice about the law school application process. I didn't know anything about the merit based scholarships or fee waivers before the class. Thanks Nathan!

After one month of class, I decided to study on my own for two months. I used the Powerscore books and I took a lot of timed practice tests under varying conditions (for example, taking a test in a noisy library). I knew that stamina might be a problem, so I added a fifth section to each practice test in May. I bought the newest tests from LSAC, and they really helped me get an accurate feel for the current test. I found them to be more representative of the difficulty, in each respective section, of the current test.

My advice for future LSAT takers is to try as many methods as possible until you find one that works, and give yourself tons of time. I'm convinced the LSAT is simply a test of how hard you are willing to work. I was originally planning on studying for a month and taking the test. Thankfully, Nathan talked me out of this. I'd say most test takers need at least 3 months. If you don't have much time during the week to study, give yourself 6 months. My favorite thing about the LSAT is the Logic Games. I actually think they are fun. Yikes!

Question #21 is one of only two Logical Reasoning questions I missed on the test. Looking back, I wish I had slowed down a little. This is a Must Be True question, so I know that any information needed to find the right answer is right there in the stimulus. I like to immediately rule out any answers that are outside the realm of the question. I then distinguish between answers that could be true and the one answer that must be true.

A: This is the answer that I choose on test day. It is wrong because although it could be true according to the given facts, it doesn't have to be true. It is possible, given the facts, that all the amateur scientists who have made significant contributions to science have won Nobel prizes for science.

B: This answer tries to confuse the test taker, because the stimulus doesn't explicitly say this. The stimulus says that professional scientists are often motivated by economic necessity, or by a desire for fame, but it never says they aren't motivated by the love of the discovery at all.

C: Here is our answer! This is a paraphrase of part of the stimulus. It combines sentence two and three. The stimulus states that amateur scientists have provided many significant contributions, and that amateur scientists are motivated by the love of discovery alone. If these two statements are true, then answer choice C must also be true.

D: What? Just because winners of a Nobel prize are typically professional scientists doesn't mean that professional scientists have made a greater contribution to science than amateur scientists. This answer goes beyond the scope of the stimulus.

E: This answer is completely irrelevant. Easy to cross off.

This is a pretty straightforward question. All test takers have to do is watch out for the little tricks the test makers have set out. But why take advice from someone who got the question wrong anyway?

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends! --nathan

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project