Logic Games Bible author Dave Killoran (@davekilloran) and PowerScore Test Prep VP Jon Denning (@jonmdenning) are two of the world’s foremost experts on the LSAT and law school admissions, and they’ve created the PowerScore LSAT PodCast to share their knowledge and experience with you! Topics will range from specific LSAT concepts and strategies to test changes and updates to admissions advice and frequently-asked student questions, so be sure to (1) subscribe, (2) rate and review us, and (3) email us with any questions or concerns you’d like for us to cover at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
A lot of ground to cover in Episode 59! From Jon’s recent (losing) battle with a flying motorcycle helmet to our new Testing and Analytics Package to LSAC’s latest news on the August LSAT, Dave and Jon are here to keep you in the loop on the latest developments in LSAT land.
As the second round of LSAT-Flex testing comes to an end, Dave and Jon take a comprehensive look at the June exam and break it all down for you: what went right and wrong, how the multiple test formats were constructed (including the source LSAT for each), the likely scale for each configuration, and finally what May and June’s Flex tests tell us about the future of the LSAT.
More big changes on the horizon: LSAC is just weeks away from completely overhauling how they license official content for students and prep companies alike, and Jon and Dave are here to walk you through what’s ahead, how it’ll affect everyone (from access to fees), and above all why you should care!
The first-ever LSAT-Flex tests have now been officially administered, and Dave and Jon have spent the past several days scouring the internet and talking to hundreds of students to get the inside scoop on exactly what occurred! In Episode 55 you’ll hear them talk briefly about the tests’ content before turning their attention to the Flex experience itself: what went right, what went wrong, and what you can do to prepare yourself for this unique testing situation.
After getting sidetracked by weeks of LSAT-Flex announcements and a barrage of student questions, Jon and Dave are back to wrap up their discussion of how to improve your speed in Logic Games! Tune in and hear them cover the key elements to focus on in each game, proper time management (despite a potentially incomplete setup), when to skip questions and how to best return to them later, and even proven strategies for times when things feel truly incomprehensible.
Dave and Jon turn their focus away from the ongoing LSAT-Flex saga to tackle another pressing consideration looming over many applicants these days: how to navigate multiple acceptances and choose the school that’s right for you! In particular, they explore several applicants’ unique circumstances, from school rankings and prestige to estimated debt to ultimate career goals, and offer detailed advice on what they believe is the best decision for each person.
As information continues to trickle out about the upcoming LSAT-Flex exam(s), Jon and Dave are here to keep you up to speed! Specifically they touch on the latest LSAC developments—including the registration process and paper-testing accommodations—and then highlight the resources PowerScore has made available for students prepping for an unusual test in uncertain times.
Following another LSAC webinar on the May LSAT-Flex exam, Dave and Jon dive back in to provide updates and insights about how this unique test will unfold! You’ll hear details on everything from test dates and score release to how its scaled and who most benefits (and who doesn’t) from the Flex’s odd construction. Anyone testing in May or June, and likely beyond, should give this a listen!
In the PodCast’s 50th episode, Jon and Dave take a comprehensive look at LSAC’s latest response to the ongoing test date cancellations: LSAT-Flex. Specifically, they outline exactly how May’s at-home exam will work from its format to its scoring, who it’s for and how they’ll potentially benefit (including just how fair this solution is), and how law schools are responding to this unprecedented situation.
Dave and Jon continue to answer student questions in the latest episode, this time focusing on law school admissions and how things are likely to play out in this year’s cycle! Here they address dealing with waitlists, requesting letters of recommendation, balancing schoolwork and test prep through the summer, the coronavirus’s impact on deadlines and rolling admissions, and finally taking a year off to improve scores and scholarship offers.
Jon and Dave are back to provide further updates and expectations about upcoming LSAT administrations, and to answer another round of student questions! This time they cover concerns about prepping for retakes and uncertain test dates, the harsh realities of transferring law schools, how schools are handling GPA conversions in this semester of pass/fail grading, the reuse of prior test content as more LSATs are offered, and finally the logistics and ultimate fairness of at-home testing.
Dave and Jon are here to offer guidance in these uncertain times, talking through the March LSAT cancellation, the (seemingly-inevitable) April cancellation, and administrations in the months that follow. That includes a discussion of a potential May LSAT, as well as the possibility that the exam moves entirely remote and allows you to test from home. There’s also an analysis of how this situation is likely to affect applicants through the remainder of this cycle.
Dave and Jon are here with some breaking news concerning the upcoming 2020 test administrations, including the just-announced cancellation of the March exam. They deconstruct LSAC’s statement on that test, discussing how they expect the coronavirus pandemic will affect other tests and how law schools are likely to react to this unprecedented situation.
In the PodCast’s 45th episode, Jon and Dave tackle one of the most common concerns students face: how to increase speed in the Logic Games section. This initial discussion focuses on proper study and review habits, outlining the fundamentals of pacing and how to improve it as well as timing advice to ensure you’re moving as fast as possible by test day. There are also some updates on the coronavirus’ impact on upcoming administrations, and news about LSAC’s likely plans going forward.
Episode 44 heralds enormous news from LSAC, as they launch a brand new digital test access subscription service, and Dave and Jon are here to tell you all about it. Tune in to learn not only what you’ll pay to receive official content, but also what that content includes and how to best use it in your ongoing prep!
As we move deeper into 2020’s cycle of tests, Jon and Dave take a look at the February LSAT’s content, discussing how things played out and precisely what students faced while sitting for it. In addition to the test day’s ups and downs, there’s also an estimation of the exam’s overall difficulty and what that meant for the final scoring scale.
Dave and Jon are here with a third installment of responses to student questions, tackling inquiries covering guessing strategy, budget book buys, test day fatigue and prep burnout remedies, and even admissions concerns over the ever-tricky choice between scholarship offers and ranking prestige. And don’t forget to submit your own questions for the next mailbag episode at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Episode 41 of the PowerScore Podcast sees Jon and Dave turn their attention to LSAT Reading Comprehension, specifically outlining a variety of self-assessment tools to help you pinpoint exactly where and why this section is giving you trouble. By employing these skill tests you’ll determine not only what needs improvement in your Reading Comp approach, but also the adjustments required to take your performance to the next level.
The first of 2020’s ten LSATs has now been administered, and Jon and Dave are here with their take! Listen as they deconstruct the January test from an overview of student feedback and general difficulty to a section-by-section breakdown to their scale prediction and what that means for your results. They also discuss what this latest LSAT and its content mean for the upcoming February, March, and April exams.
It’s a new year, and it begins with an unprecedented LSAT-bang: four straight months with a test. To help get you ready, Dave and Jon broke out their crystal balls and set to predicting what’s most likely to occur on these upcoming exams and how you can best prepare. You’ll also hear about recent trends and content stats so you can prioritize where to spend your time leading up to test day!
Jon and Dave wrap up their discussion from Episode 34 about How to Take A Practice LSAT by examining precisely how to best interpret your test results. As part of that conversation they outline what it means to perform a blind review (and the various ways to do so), as well as what PowerScore’s free scoring analytics tell you about your performance and how they should guide your next steps.
With a last look at the November 2019 LSAT, Dave and Jon review the latest Logic Games section, analyzing the four games and their questions. Listen in as they provide advice on how to best approach each game and its setup, and give thoughts on the section as a whole and how it affected the test’s scoring scale.
Jon and Dave explore the continuing saga that is the November 2019 LSAT. Specifically they outline how the multiple make up exams have played out, from the initial reschedules to this past weekend’s retakes. They also offer some words of encouragement for those whose November didn’t go to plan, whether that means a December make up or a test date pushed to next year (spoiler: don’t fret; you’re going to be okay, and Dave and Jon explain precisely why).
Episode 34 sees Dave and Jon break down one of the most important components of successful LSAT prep: the ideal way to take practice tests! Specifically, you’ll hear them cover everything from the various digital testing platforms to the proper use of experimental sections to recommended locations for testing. They also spend time discussing pre-test routines and mentality, and managing your schedule to accommodate testing and review while avoiding burnout.
Jon and Dave are back with another student mailbag episode, which means you’ll hear them tackle a whole host of commonly asked questions, from test diagramming advice to score fluctuations (and how to handle them). You’ll also get their take on everything from accommodated testing to how to best use the full spectrum of PowerScore’s publications.
Another test is in the books, and Dave and Jon are here to talk you through it! Tune in as Episode 32 breaks down the October 2019 LSAT, including the highs and lows of test day, a section by section look at the exam’s content, and an official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the upcoming November LSAT, and how to best prepare for the exams ahead!
The September 2019 LSAT Logic Games section was a killer for many test takers, but Jon and Dave are here to help! Tune in as they deconstruct the latest set of games and explain exactly how to tackle this test’s toughest content.
Ep. 30 brings breaking news about the future of the LSAT’s most notorious feature, Logic Games! Specifically, Dave and Jon decrypt a just-published press release co-signed by LSAC that raises speculation (to put it mildly) that within the next four years the test will no longer contain a Logic Games section. They cover possible interpretations of the article’s wording, potential confirmation of the change from an inside source, and content that could theoretically replace Games if they are in fact remov
In this fourth and final edition of their Flaw in the Reasoning coverage, Dave and Jon explore one of the LSAT’s most nerve-wracking scenarios: correctly approaching Flaw questions where the error isn’t common or clear. So how do you solve for flaws you can’t identify? Tune in to find out!
Episode 28 features a detailed review of the September 2019 LSAT, the first all-digital test ever administered! Jon and Dave discuss the ups and downs of the digital rollout, then cover the test section by section examining the scored content, overall student impressions, and their official curve prediction. They also offer thoughts on what this test means for the rest of 2019 and beyond, so whether you’re curious about the September test you just took, or want a preview of what’s to come, this is for y
More Flaws! Episode 27 sees Jon and Dave add a third installment to their series on common logical flaws, this time tackling six key errors in total: Composition/Division, Uncertain Use of a Term, False Analogies, False Dilemmas, Relativity/Degree, and Sunk Cost. Make sure you’re familiar with each of these ideas before test day!
As we fast approach the final 3 LSATs of 2019, Dave and Jon dust off their crystal balls and set about predicting exactly what to expect from each of these upcoming tests! They review the Digital LSAT lessons learned in July, exploring the most common issues faced and how to address them on test day, then turn to a section-by-section analysis of recent trends to help you anticipate what you’ll see and prioritize your prep accordingly. Anyone with a 2019 test ahead of them needs to give this a listen!
In Episode 24, Dave and Jon begin their multi-part analysis of Flaw in the Reasoning questions, first providing a detailed overview of this tricky question type and then exploring three common but misunderstood flaw categories: Evidence Errors, Source Arguments, and Circular Reasoning. Within each they break down how the error operates and ways to spot it, common scenarios using specific examples, and finally how the test makers represent these flaws in the complex wording of answer choices.
Episode 23 picks up right where 22 left off: with Jon and Dave continuing last week’s discussion of conditional reasoning! Specifically, they ramp up the complexity and outline how to handle unusual language like “unless” statements and “either/or” constructions, make conditional chains and spot the inferences they provide, tackle scenarios with multiple sufficient and necessary elements, and even master the elusive double-arrow. This is conditionality at its highest level.
In the PodCast’s 22nd Episode, Dave and Jon begin what will become a multi-part look at conditional reasoning, one of the test’s most critical concepts. In this first discussion they explore the nature of what makes statements conditional, define the key distinctions between sufficient and necessary conditions, and offer insights on making the right kind of inferences when faced with conditionality (while also avoiding the traps the test makers so frequently employ).
Episode 21 tackles one of the most powerful—but frequently misunderstood—techniques for attacking Logic Games: utilizing Templates to represent limited outcomes and solutions. In this discussion, Dave and Jon outline exactly how and why Templates work, the wide range of clues to help you recognize their presence, and safety measures to prevent you from pursuing them when you shouldn’t. Anyone struggling to reach perfection in games needs to hear this!
The PodCast’s 20th episode is dedicated to the July 2019 LSAT, from its shaky rollout to its section-by-section content to its unique experimental section treatment. Jon and Dave run through a host of stories from the first-ever digital administration—some good, most shockingly bad—then turn their attention to the test itself and offer their take on what it contained and the scale it will likely produce, as well as what they suspect happened with the LR experimentals.
Jon and Dave once again tackle July’s impending digital transition, breaking down the multitude of questions they’re still receiving about the new format and LSAC’s mysterious rollout. If you’re taking the test as part of the 50/50 audience, or simply curious about the experience of those who are, this is one you won’t want to miss!
In Episode 18, Jon and Dave bid farewell to the last-ever paper test with a deep dive into the just-released June 2019 LSAT. Section by section, they deconstruct the exam, running through LR’s most notable features and their favorite questions, analyzing all four RC passages and the highlights (and lowlights) of each, and finally providing a thorough breakdown of every Logic Game, guiding you through the trickiest rules, key inferences, and most intriguing problems. Spoilers ahead!
Dave and Jon use Episode 17 to explore some game-changing news from LSAC concerning their new retake policies, severely restricting the number of times test takers can sit for the LSAT despite it being administered 10 times each year. While this information hasn’t been made public by LSAC yet, we’ve got you covered with a detailed overview of precisely how these repeat limits will affect your prep plans.
Episode 16 of the PodCast features a detailed review of the recently-administered June LSAT, as Jon and Dave discuss the test section by section and highlight the toughest content, overall student impressions (as well as some unfortunate test day horror stories), and our official curve prediction. There’s also a brief look ahead at July and an overview of PowerScore’s new digital testing platform!"
Episode 15 of the podcast is all about the LSAT Writing Sample, as Jon and Dave discuss its purpose and potential impact on your app, upcoming changes to its administration, what the new digital format will mean when submitting your essay, and, perhaps above all, precisely how to craft a response that satisfies even the most inquisitive admissions committee.
The 14th episode of the PodCast is a Student Question Mailbag edition, where Jon and Dave tackle submitted inquiries about admissions—including undergrad vs grad school GPA usage and why your college GPA and LSAC GPA may not match—as well as some big-picture curiosities about using older LSAT Bibles, when to read the question stem in LR, and the best guessing strategy to employ as time runs out.
In Episode 13, Dave and Jon do a deep dive into the upcoming Digital LSAT, exploring everything from the hardware and software being used to section-specific strategies to help you take full advantage of the interface’s features. If you have questions or concerns about tablet testing this episode has your answers!
Episode 12 continues the discussion from last time by looking at the other Assumption question type: Sufficient Assumptions (also known as Justify the Conclusion). Dave and Jon provide an extensive analysis of this unique LR task, exploring everything from how to spot Justify questions to the relationship between Assumption and Justify—key similarities and differences—to powerful mechanistic techniques like the Justify Formula to help you confidently solve even the trickiest examples!
Episode 11 centers on one the LSAT’s toughest LR question types: Necessary Assumptions. Jon and Dave break down how these questions operate, describe what makes them unique (and how to keep them separate from Sufficient Assumptions, which are covered next week!), and provide several powerful strategies for solving any Assumption question, whether Supporter or Defender. If you struggle with this tricky concept you won’t want to miss this episode!
The 10th episode focuses on the four March LSAT administrations students just experienced—North American, two International, and a Sabbath-observer—detailing the scored topics section by section, the original appearance of any reused tests, student reactions, and overall impressions of difficulty, including curve predictions. There’s also a discussion of the keep-or-cancel decision and advice on what to do if you’re unsure about your next steps!
Episode 9 of the podcast is all about test day! Dave and Jon outline exactly how to study in the 72 hours prior to an LSAT, dos and don’ts for the day before, tips for the morning-of (including some warm up advice!), and even suggestions for minimizing stress and anxiety at the test center. As part of that discussion you’ll get answers to common questions like “which sections or concepts offer the most opportunity for last-minute improvement?” and “how do I keep prepping but ensure I don’t burn
The episode begins with a quick discussion on updates from the admissions scandal and recent happenings in the LSAT world before turning to the night’s central theme: using the final week before an LSAT to prepare for outlier elements and oddball scenarios. Specifically, Jon and Dave focus on two of the most obscure LR question types, Cannot be True and Evaluate the Argument, teaching you how to solve them, the value in getting them right, and where to find more for further study.
Dave and Jon discuss the latest test prep scandals before turning their attention to the final two weeks of prep for those planning on a March LSAT date. As part of that conversation they give key tips for these remaining two weeks, including advice on mentality, practice tests and proper review (including a full deconstruction of an actual test question to illustrate the ideal technique), and the appropriate study/life balance for optimal results.
With the March 2019 LSAT less than a month away, Jon and Dave predict the test’s content, including expectations of whether March will be a new exam or a reuse of a prior one, analysis of the latest test trends to determine precisely what the test makers are up to these days, and a detailed outline of the concepts and question types most critical to master in these final weeks. There is also a discussion of the latest law school rankings that were conveniently leaked just minutes before recording began!
In this episode, Dave and Jon explore an agonizing dilemma many law school applicants face: how to determine the best school to attend if you’ve been accepted to several. Within that discussion they provide a wide variety of analytical tools for gathering and comparing data, run through the main factors that should affect your decision, and finally take a close look at five specific, real-life application scenarios and explain precisely how they arrived at their recommended choice for each.
Jon and Dave turn their attention to Parallel Reasoning questions—one of the most challenging and time-consuming question types in the LR sections—and outline the most effective techniques for solving them. They follow this conceptual discussion up with a detailed look at two real Parallel questions from the June 2007 LSAT and show you exactly how to apply their recommended solution strategies.
Continuing the retake discussion from the last episode, Dave and Jon now explore study habits and techniques to help ensure your next attempt is the one that gets it done! From proper mindset (including time off) to identifying and tracking specific strengths and weaknesses to the ideal practice test approach, it all gets broken down. There’s also a detailed look at the Blind Review process, and tips for using an incredibly powerful learning tool they term “The Teaching Test.”
Retaking the LSAT can be a big—and tricky—decision. Fortunately, Jon and Dave are here to help you make the right one. Listen in as they discuss precisely what it takes to justify a retake, outlining five key scenarios where a retake is the correct call. With that comes talk of rolling admissions and “late” applications, incomplete apps, waitlists, and even scholarships! They wrap up by looking at things from the other side: what might prevent a retake as you weigh the pros and cons.
Dave and Jon discuss the various January '19 LSATs recently offered, provide updates on some recent LSAC news regarding registration deadlines and digital testing, and examine the remainder of 2019’s test dates with analysis on how each will be administered and advice on which to take. They also explore LSAT reusage, the test makers’ rationale behind this questionable practice, and what it likely means for future exams.