June 2013 LSAT, LR2, Q10, a test of fuel efficiency

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project One should probably not gamble with an MIT grad. My one edge is that I've played poker extensively, and Wes Carroll hasn't”¦ yet. So I'm keeping the stakes low and enjoying it while it lasts. Wes, of course, is gaining expertise with frightening speed. Hopefully I'll be smart enough to quit before I lose my shirt. If I do have to quit playing poker against a superior talent, at least we can keep playing “Outwitters” on iPhone”¦ a great casual game that fortunately isn't played for money. I love Wes' response, below, for its ruthless efficiency.

Guest blogger: Wes Carroll

First let's just look at what this is saying: Car X and car Y got the same mileage, even though car X's driver sucks. Therefore car X is actually better.

Okay, let's simplify even more: Two things seem the same, but the first one had a disadvantage.  So the first one is actually better. (Because it overcame the disadvantage, and still came out looking as good as the other one.)

The question says "Which one of the following arguments is most similar in its reasoning to the argument above," which means we're looking for a Matching Pattern. So let's look at the answer choices, looking for our simplified pattern:

A) "X was lower than Y" -- Nope.  That doesn't fit the pattern.

B) "Two things were the same" -- awesome -- "even though one had a disadvantage, therefore the first is better." Yep, that's the answer.

But let's read through the rest, to be sure:

C) "Roland is better..." -- nope.

D) "Blah blah blah lower" -- nope.

E) Jean isn't being compared to anyone else, just herself. -- Nope.

Simplify, simplify, simplify, then just look for the answer following the same simple pattern.

Wes Carroll can be found bringing 1800's to near-perfect scores at bodsat.com and enriching math achievers at dtmath.com, and walking his very well-behaved dog Rusty in the wilds of North Berkeley, California.

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