The LSAT is a formidable part of the law school application process, but an Austin LSAT prep course provided by Varsity Tutors can help you pursue success. The LSAT, or Law School Admissions Test, is required by all American Bar Association-accredited law schools including the University of Texas School of Law. The exam tests applicants on a variety of skills that they will need to possess in order to excel law school. As the test covers a range of reasoning, analysis, and argumentation skills, it can be difficult to know where to begin. An Austin LSAT course can help you understand what the LSAT will cover, build confidence in your approach to the test, and provide overall guidance in how you can prepare for exam day.
Austin LSAT classes are led by a qualified instructor and are offered online in a group classroom environment. These classes bring you into conversation with other prospective law students and can help you learn with each other and aid each other in your LSAT prep, potentially providing a more well-rounded and complete preparation that you might be able to achieve working alone. There are a variety of courses on offer, and whether you are an undergraduate student looking to go straight to law school or a working professional, Varsity Tutors can offer a course to suit your needs and your schedule.
What preparatory material would I review in an Austin LSAT course?
The LSAT is broken up into four sections. The first three are multiple choice sections administered in a test center and are delivered to test-takers via digital tablets that will be provided for you. The last section is a long-form essay that you will complete on the internet separately from the other sections. Here's a quick look at the specifics of each section and what you can expect to cover in an Austin LSAT course:
First up is the Reading Comprehension section. You'll be given 35 minutes to complete this section and will be asked to answer questions about provided texts. These texts are long and complex, as they are intended to mirror the sorts of texts that you will read and interpret in law school. You'll have to be able to understand the primary arguments of these texts, the explicit and implicit information they convey, how context affects specific pieces of the texts, the effects of the authorial voice on the text, how the addition of new information might change the arguments of a text, and so on.
Second, the Analytical Reasoning section. Here you'll be given sets of conditions that form a structure of relationships and will be asked to understand these structures and what information can be inferred from them. You might be given a set of conditions and asked to state what, given these conditions, must be true, could be true, and must not be true, for example. These questions provide sets of rules and ask you to understand their consequences. You will have 35 minutes to complete this section.
Third is the Logical Reasoning section. In this section, you will be provided with reading material from a variety of sources, such as magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and the like, and will be asked to analyze and think critically about the arguments that these source materials make. To do well on this section you must be able to point out flaws in an argument, discover the underlying assumptions of an argument, see how a passage constructs and structures an argument, see patterns in reasoning, and be able to see similarities and divergences in arguments. This section is split into two 35 minute parts, for a total of 70 minutes.
The last section is the Writing section. This section is taken online and is not factored into your numerical score on the LSAT. It is instead provided to schools you apply to as a writing sample. You will be given a decision problem in which you are asked to take one of two positions and argue in the defense of your choice. This is your opportunity to argue your own point and to show your abilities in creating a clear, well-reasoned, well-written argument. You are not evaluated on the decision itself but instead the soundness of your reasoning and eloquence of your argument.
What can an Austin LSAT class offer me?
These courses are held in an online classroom, which operate much like an in-person classroom but have their own set of advantages. With an online course, commute times are instantaneous, and you can reach the classroom from wherever you're most comfortable studying. We recognize that many students have busy personal and professional lives, and these courses offerings have been designed to suit a wide variety of schedules. New course sections begin every week as well, so getting signed up is easy and accessible.
An Austin LSAT course is held in an interactive audiovisual classroom led by an expert instructor. Collaborative learning environments such as this have been shown to improve the ability of students to understand and retain information. You will have the opportunity to discuss your preparation with other prospective law students who are getting ready for the LSAT, working as a group to tackle the test. This exposure to a wide array of viewpoints in the test prep process can be very valuable, particularly when preparing for a test that demands an ability to understand and deconstruct many different types of argument and forms of reasoning, as the LSAT does. You will also be able to request one-on-one time with your instructor if you need to spend extra time on test sections or concepts you don't feel confident about.
How can I find an Austin LSAT class?
Time spent in an LSAT prep course is valuable in more than one way - of course, the LSAT itself is challenging, and doing well on the test can be important for a strong law school application. But additionally, the LSAT is the only test accepted by American Bar Association-certified law schools for a reason: it has been specifically designed to test for the skills that students will be using throughout law school, should they be accepted. Studying for the LSAT may not be solely applicable to the test, but can be useful further down the line. Reach out and contact us today for more information on how an Austin LSAT course provided by Varsity Tutors is a convenient, accessible way that you can pursue your goal of success in law school.
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