Reviewing homework, practice sets, and exams is an important part of LSAT prep.
Reviewing a question is easy, since answer explanations are available for questions you have completed in your myBlueprint account.
In this article, we will look at what an answer explanation looks like, and walk through the best way to review a question.
Here is what an answer explanation looks like:
The best way to review a question, is to ask the following questions:
1. Did I follow the correct approach to the question?
Review the prompt, and question type to make sure you identified the question correctly. If not – or if you’re in the habit of just generally trying to answer the question posed without classifying it – identify the specific words in the prompt that should have alerted you, and write them down to review later.
2. Did I misread anything important?
You should be looking for different things depending upon the question type. Here are a few examples: If it’s a Must Be True question, then comparative language is important – “better than,” “smaller than,” etc. If it’s a Flaw question, then there should be language related to a prevalent flaw. When you figure out what that language is, write it down to review later.
To check your reading of the stimulus, re-read the stimulus, and keep an eye on the instructor mark-up to check that you correctly identified important keywords, premises, and conclusions. Then check out the summary below to make sure you correctly understood the stimulus!
3. Was my anticipation of the answer in line with what I should have been looking for?
It’s important for both speed and accuracy that you have an idea of what the right answer will look like. Anticipation also depends on question type. For instance, if you have a Must Be True question with comparative language, e.g., “Bob is worse at tennis than Jim,” you can anticipate that the answer will flow from that comparison, e.g., “Bob is not the world’s best tennis player.”
To compare your anticipation to Blueprint's, click on anticipation, below the stimulus, to read an instructor's anticipation for the question and make sure your thought process was on track when you answered the question!
4. Why is the wrong answer wrong?
Just like the second and third step, this depends on question type. For each question type, there are criteria the right answer must meet, as well as common ways answers don’t meet those criteria. For example, the fact that an answer falls outside the scope of the stimulus – as in, the answer choice refers to something not stated in, or inferable from, the stimulus – is disqualifying for a Must Be True answer chioice.
To check the reasons why answer choices are wrong, click on incorrect answer choices to expand explanations about why they are not correct.
As you read these, you can also ask yourself:
How can I know that a similar wrong answer will be wrong next time?
Why is the wrong answer tempting, and why doesn’t that make it right?
Note: Logic Games do not have answer explanations for incorrect answer choices, since they rule out the incorrect answers in the explanation for the correct answer.
5. Why is the right answer right?
Click on the correct answer to expand the explanation about why it is correct!
As you read this, you can also ask yourself:
How can I spot a similar right answer next time?
Many questions will have extended video or audio answer explanations, or downloadable PDFs, that you can use as well!
Your goal should be to come out of each question you review with a better approach for the next time you see something similar. By analyzing your mistakes, you can avoid making them again!