June 2013 LSAT, LR2, Q1, Erenna's bioluminescent red lights

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project I met Ann Levine after reading her book The Law School Admission Game. I loved it so much that I started giving it out to all my LSAT students--it's the indispensable guide to where, when, and how to apply to law school. Law school applications can be bewildering, but Ann makes it all simple and manageable. Stop banging your head against the wall, and read the book already.

Guest blogger: Ann Levine

annI honestly haven't looked at an LSAT question since 1995. I leave the LSAT stuff to the LSAT geeks and stick to what I know. But then Nathan very sneakily asked me to join this project, and I made him promise not to let me look like an idiot.

I forgot all about our deal until LSAT scores came out today, WAY earlier than I'd planned. So now I'm analyzing this LSAT question from a safari tent at El Capital Ranch where I promised my 6 year old a mommy-daughter getaway, thinking LSAT scores would come out NEXT Monday.

The good news? I got the question right. How did I get it right? I re-read the passage three times before looking at the answers. This process, on my phone, only took about 45 seconds. The first time I read it, I misread and thought scientists assumed sea creatures COULD see red. But then the conclusion didn't make any sense. So I read it again and got a bit distracted by the new discovery in the middle. On my third skim, I clearly understood that scientists in fact didn't think the creatures could detect red light, and that this new creature used red light to lure prey. Then it got easy.

A simply restates the concluding sentence but isn't the point of the article. B is not the conclusion or even relevant to the conclusion. is not the point of the article but a fact used to disprove the scientific belief in line one of the given argument. D is not the point. E is the right answer. And I knew this as the answer I was looking for after my three reads, and before I even looked at the answer choices.

I learned a lot from the minute I spent on this question. First, that my initial misunderstandings are common LSAT traps: feeling performance anxiety, reading too quickly, then knowing the answer and thinking it was too easy and must be a trick.

My takeaway: Never read a question just once and think you've got it. Look for the answer that you were searching for. Trust your gut.

This blog post was written from my iPhone while camping. Hopefully it makes some sense.

I love this explanation. And while I do not think that I was "sneaky" when asking Ann to participate in this project, I am beyond thrilled that she did. While camping, no less! Ann is right on the money about some major points: Don't read too fast, try to predict the correct answer before looking at the answer choices, especially on Main Conclusion questions, and trust your gut. The LSAT isn't that hard, with the right perspective. --nathan

From Ann: Favorite thing about the LSAT: That I never have to take it again. Least favorite thing about the LSAT: How important it is in the law school application process. Links to Law School Expert:

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

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