Thou Shalt Remember that the Answer Choices are Not Thy Friend

My sixth excerpt from "Introducing the LSAT" talks about a huge difference between LSAT experts and LSAT novices. Folks who are bad at the test usually spend way too much time comparing all five answer choices against one another. It's an understandable mistake... the answer choices have to be a good place to look for the answer, right? Well, not really. On the Logical Reasoning and the Reading Comprehension, if you're not occasionally eliminating all five answer choices, you're not being critical enough. Remember that four out of five of the answer choices--eighty percent--are professionally written traps and time-wasters. Most students read the arguments way too quickly, and spend way too much time comparing the answer choices to each other--three or four, or even five of the answers might look good to these students. This is exactly the wrong approach. A high scorer will always read the arguments and passages very carefully, make a prediction, and skim fairly quickly through the answer choices. Only one, or perhaps two, answers will even be remotely close to correct. But you can't easily eliminate the bad answers if you don't have an idea what you're looking for.

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