The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning is the single most effective LSAT Logical Reasoning book on the market. It’s the much-needed, ice-cold libation in your LSAT life. Five years of development, testing, and iteration went into this book. Within, you will find an actually new approach to LSAT Logical Reasoning that has already worked for many students. This is not just another book outlining the questions types and a couple conditional reasoning drills. We aim to build the skills that will allow you to predict the correct answer without even knowing the question type. These methodologies are not just comprehensive or new; they’re frankly just better.To get questions right in LSAT Logical Reasoning, you must be able to:Read, remember, and critique the stimulus independentlyRecognize the only two qualities that ever make an answer correctExert control over the test instead of letting it run all over you This is what The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning prepares you to do. It results in not just a higher score, but an easier score.
November 16, 2018
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My Logical Reasoning score went from -15 to -1. That is pretty much all you need to know. –Nikki M., UCLA Law SchoolThe Loophole in Logical Reasoning is the LSAT book for anyone who has been put off by cookie-cutter test prep or finds themselves stuck in a rut with other materials. –Esther A., Yale Law SchoolI wish I was as enthusiastic about ANYTHING as Ellen is about LSAT prep. –Charles C., UVA Law School About the Author Ellen Cassidy is the founder of Elemental Prep and the author of The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning. After studying at Stanford University and Oxford University, she received two official 99th percentile LSAT scores and turned down Harvard Law School to teach the LSAT. Since then, she has been researching and testing experimental LSAT prep methodologies and compiling her successes into a forthcoming series of LSAT strategy guides. These LSAT prep methodologies are the result of the relationships Ellen has built with the hundreds of LSAT students she has personally taught. <div id="
Per the headline, my LSAT journey has, until 2 weeks ago, sucked. I started with the full, in-class Blueprint course and, at the end of that, was nowhere near my target score (we’re talking 20 points away from it in the 150s). After that, I bought the LSAT Trainer, which was better than the course but I still wasn’t really improving as much as I wanted to be. THEN I started using 7Sage which was about as good as the LSAT Trainer. AND THEN I signed up for private tutoring sessions with Powerscore which made me feel less prepared than ever for the LSAT as a whole.Still in the 150s, thinking “wow maybe I’m just not cut out to go to law school,” I had a friend, Ellen Cassidy’s former tutoring student, who referred me to this book. I am only on Chapter 8 out of 12 and I have already seen a huge improvement in my LR score. I was missing 12-15 before reading it and I’m already down to a -6 (keep in mind, I was missing 12-15 after ALL of the resources listed above). AND I HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE QUESTION TYPES YET!!!Her systems of translation and the CLIR have REALLY helped me understand what it is I’m reading (shout out translation drills) and how to critique the stimuli (shotout the CLIR). Again, this is all even before I’ve started studying the question types, which has made up almost the entirety of all of the resources I used before Cassidy’s book. Now, I realize that the answer isn’t actually in the question/answer choices (which is what I’ve been told by every single LSAT instructor/tutor/resource before), it’s actually in the stimulus (hard to believe, I know).All these systems of how to think/approach LR questions are backed by examples that lift you up instead of tearing you down (AKA no weird, misogynistic comments or uncomfortable inuendos like you’d see in Blueprint). Who wouldn’t want to read about pumpkin pie and other various desserts and koala’s in government as opposed to making uncomfortable examples that covertly insult certain groups of people.Also, this book just LOOKS better. It has these little teal accents everywhere — it’s like drinking mint lemonade on a hot, summer day. With the other resources, I would open a page and just feel super anxious from the start. Nothing about them felt warm, friendly. But if there’s any book that is, it’s “The Loophole in LR.” I know that this review seems super extra but it’s not an understatement, anything that helps me improve THIS MUCH on the LSAT deserves this kind of praise. If you’re struggling with LR, READ. THIS. BOOK. Looking forward to posting an update once I finish the entire book. Happy studying, LSAT fiends!!!UPDATE: A very long overdue update! After months of studying, I just took the June LSAT this week!!!! Before starting my CLIR and translation drills, I was a minus 12-15 per LR section. Obviously, this made me panic because I know that I can’t afford to lose that many points if I want to get 170+. In the last review, I talked about how about a month into “The Loophole in LR” I started to miss -6 consistently on both LR sections. I could feel myself kind of slipping on my CLIR and translations at this point in time so I REALLY made an effort to be sure I was CLIR-ing EVERY. SINGLE. LR. STIMULUS (seriously, I didn’t move on to the next question until I formed a CLIR).After about 3 days of CONSISTENT (and I mean CONSISTENT) CLIR drills, I was down to anywhere between -0 to -3 (max, upon review of the 2/3 I always realized that either my CLIR was weak or I really didn’t have a good grasp on the translation of the stimulus). Correlation may not equal causation (shout out Causal Reasoning chapter) but I know that there is no way I would’ve ever hit a -2/-3 on LR without this book (let alone -0). I was able to tackle “this argument is flawed because…” questions super easily because of the countless examples per flaw in the book (these were one of the scariest question types for me at first). I used back-up plans both for prep as well as on actual test day (basically, identifying the back-up plan for each question type/asking the corresponding back-up plan question for every single answer choice) which REALLY helped me understand what the question was asking of me AND what exactly I needed to be looking for in the correct answer (this proved super helpful on all questions types but particularly helpful on Sufficient Assumption and Necessary Assumption questions).About 3 weeks before the June test date, after being super consistent on CLIR, I FINALLY started to hit scores around my ultimate goal score (highest PT score being a 178) — these. are. the. reasons. why. For future test takers out there, USE THE CLIR AND USE TRANSLATION! Both of these processes will really help you understand how to poke holes in the stimulus regardless of what kind of question stem comes after. Do this repeatedly until you do it almost unconsciously during timed sections (trust me, you WILL get there). And if you’re having trouble understanding how to attack question stems, rely on the back-up plans. I am not joking when I say that every most strongly supported question I have ever seen on ANY test has been followed by “does this pretty much have to be true? No. Does this pretty much have to be true? YES.” It gets me to the correct answer every time, as long as I do it correctly and consistently. Lastly, know the flaws. Make flashcards using the examples in the book. They are everywhere on the LSAT and, out of all the prep material I’ve ever used (which is a ton), the descriptions in this book really help them stick. I went in on test day with a much more mellow, calm mindset than before and it was only because I felt like I finally knew all the information that I needed to know to get 170+. It wasn’t panic or “FREAK OUT THIS IS SCARY.” CLIR-ing, navigating different question stems, and asking the corresponding back-up plans came so naturally and so easily (and 9/10 times my CLIR was in the answer choices which is the best feeling). That change in mindset is seriously the difference between a 150 and a 170+. Best of luck to everyone continuing to study — keep pushing forward!!!TL;DR — Want to raise your LSAT score? This. Is. The. Book.
I’m a Harvard grad, 99% LSAT scorer (179), and professional test-prep tutor/coach since 2002.Author Ellen Cassidy’s “The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning” (currently $27) is a smart purchase for anyone looking to improve his/her understanding of the LSAT Logical Reasoning section, which comprises 50% of the exam (2 of the 4 sections are Logical Reasoning, and the other two are Reading Comprehension and Analytical Reasoning, better known as Logic Games). Although her style is unconventional and the title of the book a bit misleading/gimmicky–there is no “loophole” in Logical Reasoning)–Cassidy’s understanding of the Logical Reasoning (LR) section of the LSAT is strong.First of all, a quick and perhaps obvious disclaimer: because the book is fully dedicated to Logical Reasoning, you will need at least one other strategy book to cover the rest of the LSAT—this is NOT an all-in-one LSAT preparation guide.If you’ve have already used the LSAT Trainer, the Manhattan Prep LR Guide, or the Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible, and they haven’t worked for LR, then it’s worth giving this book a shot to see if it adds anything new to your understanding of this very challenging section. Cassidy provides many classifications of answer types, as well as a wealth of detail on sufficient/necessary assumptions. The focus of her “loophole” concept is a familiar one with a new name, presumably for marketing purpose: a stronger focus on understanding the stimulus itself, and the underlying mechanics of each argument, instead of a reflexive jump toward the question (which is what most LSAT students are guilty of). In other words, Cassidy wants you to focus more on understanding the mechanics of the argument itself before moving on to the actual question and answer choices–which is always a good idea, it’s just not a concept that she herself invented, since LSAT tutors like me have been teaching this strategy for decades.Furthermore, although her attempts to simplify the test through her classification of question types such as “Fill in the Blank,” “Contradiction,” “Strengthen” and “Must be False” are admirable, sometimes they lead to generalizations that are not always correct.In sum, I believe that this book would work best for the novice student who is starting from scratch with the LSAT, because it uses a variety of new terms that might be confusing to the LSAT student who is familiar with other terms for the same concepts, and/or the student who has exhausted all the other available strategy materials for the LSAT Logical Reasoning section.For more information, google “LSAT Action Plan: How to Study and Prepare for the Law School Admission Test.”
I had taken the LSAT once scored above 170 but still sought out something new to perfect my LR. I bought the book looking at the reviews and did all of it as instructed but it added very little in the end, because this book and its strategies were written for beginners and students who really want a tutor that’s going to explain LR in an easier, more digestible manner. It spends a significant amount of time trying to teach you how to read the stimulus, which could be helpful to some but not for someone who’s seeking out mastery. It doesn’t offer new insight, and in my personal experience, powerscore, the lsat trainer, and fox are much better resources.To be more specific, the 2-stars are because I think the way the book is written is counterintuitive—the tutor approach just does not translate well on paper in this instance. I understand the author wants to decode the arcane language of the LSAT and make people feel more comfortable but in trying to do so, but she seriously simplifies down the concepts and adds unnecessary, gimmicky names for strategies which adds another level of unnecessary mental processing. There’s a lot of fluff, it doesn’t read well, and in my opinion, is disorganized as a whole.It’s trying to take something which is very hard and sell it as easy, but it’s selling people short by not emphasizing that its “loophole” is just another term for gaining surface-level coping mechanisms rather than a true, deep understanding/mastery of LR logic.
This is the ultimate prep book for LSAT logical reasoning. I read the entire LR Powerscore bible over the course of a month, and although I liked it, I felt that they were too focused on abstract concepts. I did not come out with practically applicable strategies to use for each question.Eventually I reached a plateau with LR, so I decided to buy the Loophole. After starting the book I realized quite early on that my issue with LSAT LR was that I was often misreading the questions. I finished the Loophole a week before the LSAT and mastered the translation drills to really crack down on my misreads. This combined with my strong LG and RC sections were what allowed me to get the mark I did.I think this is the book that can really take you from an OK score to one well above what you were expecting. Cannot recommend highly enough.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. First of all, the way Ellen explains concepts is incredible, informative, and easy to follow along and understand. The methods used are truly life changing, in terms of LSAT logical reasoning. The concepts can be used beyond LR and can be translated over to reading comprehension. With this book, you learn to truly understand the stimulus and how to go about answering the questions. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who feels like they have reached a plateau or wants to improve their score. Super fun yet effective read!
I have read many books in my pursuit to master LR and I am glad I came across Ellen’s after a while! This book is all you need to master LR (Forget everything else – including PowerScore etc., these books need major overhaul). Here’s how to get best out of this book and put an end to LR for once and for all, these are in particularly useful for non-native test takers:1. Read page to page (DO NOT SKIP)2. Do all exercises3. Highlight, take notes and4. Most importantly – Read this book a second time (over a weekend), you will be surprised to see how many more thing you pick up on second/third phase of reading!Continue to keep an error log of every question you do, I personally made an Excel where I categorize each question type, time etc. that way I can analyze my weak areas and track my progress in terms of accuracy.Do not roam around and try multiple method, end of the day you only need one, trust the process, read the book – once, twice and if required if third time, incorporate the strategy mentioned in the book, eventually after you do over 500 or so Questions, your muscle memory will pick up and you will run in auto pilot mode.Again, Be patient, trust yourself and trust the process, best of luck!
Despite having a decent amount of knowledge and experience with LR and already scoring 19-21 frequently in my practise, this book gave a great insight into how fundamentally understand how to tackle any question. Cassidy’s book sets itself apart from others in that it provides a simple yet detailed way in how to understand difficult question types/terminology that one will encounter in a test. Personally, the translation drills incorporated in the book and understanding wrong answer choices with more clarity has elevated my score even further. Would recommend to anyone, but be prepared to put in the work that the book entails, even once you’re finished it.
Solid foundational LR prep. Still working on drills but I am noticing that my memory is improving. Nice to see that there are a few question types that the other prep companies don’t cover. If you are gunning for -0, its good to get a solid process for those rarer types.
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