Beginner’s Guide Part IV: Section Specific Resources

Next, we turn to resources that are more specific to the three sections of the LSAT. 

Logic Games:

Powerscore Logic Games Bible

https://www.powerscore.com/

This is the holy grail prep book for the Logic Games. There’s no book better. Get this book. 

Powerscore categorizes games into different types. (linear, advanced linear, grouping, combo, sequencing, etc.)  Different websites/books may give them different names, but there’s no substantial difference.

When you are studying the Logic Games, make sure you can clearly distinguish between different game types and really work on making conditional inferences. (See my advanced LG guide here.) 

7Sage 

If you prefer a more interactive approach to learning the Logic Games, as opposed to reading a book, the consensus currently in the community is that 7Sage is the way to go. 

Logic Reasoning:

Powerscore Logic Reasoning Bible/Manhattan Logic Reasoning 

These two books are very similar in their approach, both go through different question types one by one in a methodical way, give you basics on how to approach the particular question type, and end the chapter with practice questions. I personally found the Powerscore LR Bible a little dated, but either one should be fine for the beginner student. 

The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning 

https://elementalprep.com/the-loophole-in-lsat-logical-reasoning/

Since its publication a few years ago, Ellen’s Loophole has taken the LSAT community by storm. Unlike the Powerscore/Manhattan LR books, her writing is free-flowing and a pleasure to read (she is a better writer than I am). I bought the Loophole just after publishing LR Perfection and honestly wished I had read it sooner. 

The Loophole approaches LR in a more intuitive way. It focuses on leveraging our own way of reasoning to evaluate arguments and teaches one to look for easy-to-spot clues in answer choices that can help us determine the most suitable one. I think the Loophole is great for a beginner-intermediate audience, especially for someone who already knows the basics of approaching different types of LR questions or has hit a plateau using the Powerscore/Manhattan method. 

At the end of the day, the Loophole and Powerscore/Manhattan LR represent two different approaches to LR. An apt way to figure out which one might work better for you is through the following thought exercise: think back on the last time you put together IKEA furniture, were you the kind of person who must read every diagram in the instructions, doing everything step by step? Or are you someone who dives right in, only referring to the manual when things are unclear? If you are the slow, systematic, do-everything-by-the-book kind of person, then the Powerscore/Manhattan way will resonate more with you. But if intuition and looking at the bigger picture is one of your driving forces, then you will love the Loophole. 

LR Perfection 

Finally, my book. To be honest, my book is probably not suitable for a beginner student. It’s more tailored towards the student who is only making a few mistakes per section and really trying to perfect their LR. But take a look at the chapter previews just in case here, or maybe come back to it when you are ready.

Reading Comprehension

Things get harder when we get into RC territory. For the longest time, there weren’t any really good resources for RC, but now there is hope.  

Reading Comp Hero

https://readingcomphero.com/

I’ve never used RC Hero personally, but many students have found it super helpful. It’s a series of video and live classes offered directly on the website. If you do not want to read another book, then this is the way to go. 

RC Perfection 

Unlike LR Perfection, which is tailored towards the advanced student, RC Perfection was written with everyone in mind. More information as well as chapter previews can be found here. I don’t want to try to plug my own book here, but if you don’t mind lots of reading and lots of difficult passages, take a look and decide for yourself. 

Ultimately, RC is hard for a lot of students because they are being held back by their reading ability. I mean, you can know all the tricks to answer different questions and evaluate answers but if you don’t know what the passage is really saying, all those skills are not going to help you. That’s why I think working on our reading ability goes hand in hand with RC practice, and to do that, we need to bring in outside reading. 

Some people have recommended reading the New York Times or the Economist to train reading ability, but I don’t think this is a good idea. For one thing, harder RC passages will discuss more complex concepts in way denser language than what the news can offer. If your goal is to read and appreciate James Joyce’s Ulysses, would you practice by reading To Kill a Mockingbird? No, To Kill a Mockingbird is much easier to read than Ulysses, it won’t adequately prepare you. The same is true for RC. If you are struggling with legal passages, force yourself to finish an essay by Hart or Dworkin. If it’s scientific passages that are troubling you, a paper on quantum mechanics will be more effective.

I have prepared a reading list for the most adamant students here. A word of warning, a lot of these works are going to be painful to read, but if you can persevere through the ordeal, your reading ability will improve.