One key skill tested in the logical reasoning section category of the LSAT is that of building—and tearing down—arguments. This skill can appear on the test in many ways, including:
- Making a statement of facts into an argument, either by drawing an inference or by providing support to an unsupported assertion
- Finding an additional premise
- Presenting a “counter-premise”, i.e., a statement that would serve as a premise in a counter-argument
This skill also plays a significant role in bar exam essay, performance test, and MBE sections.
Check this blog periodically for discussion of the argument-construction/destruction skill, how to develop it, how to spot questions that test it, and how to separate good from bad answer choices.
(Original publication date: July 20, 2011 (LEX))