The 15 most common LSAT Logical Reasoning topics


First of all, whether you’re just starting out with your LSAT Logical Reasoning prep or you’ve spent over 100 hours on this, congratulations on putting in the work to master the LSAT.

This test is tough, but reading this article means you’re taking it seriously and that’s a great sign for future success. Bottom line: I believe in you!

Now, on to the good stuff:

I’ve found the best way to tackle the LSAT is by laser-focusing on one aspect of it until you get it absolutely nailed down.

Trying to do too much at once will leave you confused, and worse, frustrated.

So strap in, we’re about to do a big ol’ deep dive on Logical Reasoning. Some of this might seem overly specific, but remember that the LSAT is designed to intimidate you. The best way to combat the intentionally confusing ways the questions are worded is to know what to expect.

Today let’s talk about common Logical Reasoning topics.

There are certain ones that pop up over and over again. Familiarizing yourself with them will help you get over the initial “what are they talking about” moment so you can actually get to solving them quickly!

Don’t forget, this is a timed test, after all. If you’re interested, I speak a little more about getting faster here ---> if you’re interested.

But, I digress.

Here are the 15 most common Logical Reasoning topics you’re likely to encounter:

1. TV shows and violence in children
2. Climate change, fossil fuel use, and crops
3. Dinosaur extinction, ice ages, volcanoes, and asteroids
4. Cigarette advertising, nicotine levels, and smoking rates
5. Government bureaucracies, political parties, politicians, and campaigns
6. Cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity
7. Employees and management in mid-sized businesses
8. Highway speed limits, car accidents, traffic, and car insurance
9. Economic recessions and consumer spending in imaginary countries
10. Pharmaceutical companies and government spending on medical research
11. Industry's pollution of the environment and its responsibility to clean up
12. Vaccines, bacteria, and viruses
13. Government support of academia, artists and aesthetics
14. Planets, moons, and brown dwarf stars
15. Morality, criminals, law enforcement, and law-abiding citizens

Having a basic understanding of the debates that come up on these topics will keep you from getting tripped up on the wording and let you focus on identifying and answering the actual question. Sometimes that’s half the battle!

If you’re like me and bored to death with these topics, I proposed my OWN list of Logical Reasoning topics just for fun. If you need a study break, go check them out, I think you’ll agree they’re a little more interesting then hearing about dinosaur extinction. Again.

Keep an eye out for my next article, where we’ll keep building this thing from the ground up. These are the kind of foundational topics that make for a good refresher if you’ve been studying for a while and are absolutely essential if you’re just starting out.

’Til next time,

Steve “The LSAT Sherpa” Schwartz

P.S. If you’re just starting out, check out my LSAT study schedules if you haven’t already. A wise man (or woman) once said, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Having a day-by-day study guide is a great tool to keep you on track.

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