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Tips For Flagging Questions on the LSAT

The LSAT went digital last year – a move that was intended to not only save paper but reduce cheating and grading errors.

The digital LSAT was accentuated even more this year as a global pandemic forced LSAC to offer the exam fully online.

The new digital exam came with a number of new features. One of those features is the ability to flag questions to revisit via the navigation bar.

Gabriel Kuris, the founder of Top Law Coach and a contributor for US News, recently discussed how test-takers can make the best use of the flagging feature to optimize their testing.

DETERMINE YOUR ORDER

Kuris recommends test takers to determine which order they want to approach the LSAT in order to effectively manage their testing time.

“Do reading comprehension passages about science or philosophy strain your brain? Do multilevel games make you sweat? Flag them and save them until the end,” Kuris writes. “If any question throws you for a loop, take a guess, flag it and save it for later.”

KEEP YOUR FLOW

Time is of the essence in standardized testing. And flagging questions to revisit can help ensure you’re testing in a timely fashion.

“LSAT-takers who hit a good pace feel in flow,” Kuris writes. “Their anxieties and discomfort fade away as they take one step after another, then another, and then another until suddenly time is called. In contrast, if you hit an impenetrable question and painstakingly muscle your way through it, you risk wasting precious time only to end up drained, distracted and demoralized. That’s not a good mindset to take into the next question, even if it’s easy.”

ORGANIZE QUESTIONS BY TYPE

Another strategy when it comes to flagging questions, according to Kuris, is to batch question types and addressing them together.

“For example, consider parallel reasoning questions on the logical reasoning section, which ask you to find the answer choice that most closely mirrors the logic of a given statement,” Kuris writes. “Many applicants find such questions unfamiliar at first but much easier with practice, as they learn similarities to look for between different arguments.”

Sources: US News, Tipping the Scales, Tipping the Scales