Learn to Dominate Conditional Reasoning Questions on the LSAT

lsat Apr 06, 2020

There's no doubt about it, a lot of logical reasoning is necessary to do well on the LSAT. Between the logic games and logical reasoning questions, you need to be able to think critically and quickly identify logical fallacies if you're going to get a high LSAT score.

The good news is that critical thinking can be learned. It can be taught.

And here's more good news for you. Upwards of 35% or more of the LSAT questions you'll encounter on test day require your understanding of what is called conditional logical. It's a very precise pattern of reasoning that, once you learn to detect it and execute it properly, can enable you to get a lot more right answers on test day -- and to do so more efficiently.

Given that, wouldn't you agree that it's worth investing a little time to master this important skill?

Of course it is. And here's the best news for you. Our resident LSAT guru, Dave Hall, just released this short 19-minute video breaking it all down for you. In this video you'll...

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The Best Way to Improve Your Vocabulary [Ep. 12]

podcast Dec 17, 2019

Is a limited English vocabulary holding you back from getting the verbal score you need on your standardized test? And is there anything you can do about it in the limited amount of time you have between now and test day?

The answer is yes, and we break it all down for you in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast where we give you "The Best Way to Improve Your Vocabulary":

Specifically, we cover:

  • The filter through which you should think about improving your vocabulary, namely how to get more right answers on test day;
  • Why context matters (Hint: words don't exist in a vacuum);
  • The drawback to focusing exclusively on root words and prefixes/suffixes (but there is some benefit, which we explain);
  • What mnemonics are, and how they can help you commit words to long-term memory (with examples);
  • Why there's really no substitute for memorizing a list of "hard" words leading up to test day -- and how to do it effectively;
  • When to study your words for maximum retention;
  • Recommended...
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Test Mastery Part 2: Creating a Customized Study Plan [Ep. 6]

podcast Oct 16, 2019

We're all looking for that magic bullet for how to prepare most effectively for our standardized test so that we get maximum results on test day. Last week, in Part 1 of our Test Mastery series, we laid a solid foundation for you by explaining the three essential components of any effective study plan -- the infamous "Success Triad" of test prep -- and how they can help you improve your time management. This week, in Part 2, we're taking it a step further and helping you create a more customized study plan based on your own strengths and weaknesses. Check it out:

We're pleased to be joined in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast by Vinay Narang, founder and Chief Genius at GMAT Genius, as he lends his expertise on this topic. Specifically, we cover:

  • The importance of taking full-length practice tests, and why official tests are the best;
  • How to analyze your practice test results and what they say about where to focus your study efforts;
  • Three (3) fundamental reasons...
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Introducing "The Dominate Test Prep Podcast' - Now Available!

podcast Oct 09, 2019

I've been absolutely dying to share some exciting news with you, and everything is finally ready to let you in on something HUGE that we've been working on here at Dominate Test Prep...

... drum roll please ...

... "The Dominate Test Prep Podcast" is now LIVE and ready for you to start consuming! You can find it anywhere you get your podcasts (search "Dominate Test Prep") or by clicking on this image:

Now I know what you might be thinking: "Wait, I didn't even know that you were working on a podcast!"

That's because I wanted to get all my ducks in a row and make sure I had some killer content published and out there for you to start listening to right away. And now I do. I know you'll get a ton of value from the five episodes that are already live:

  1. Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized Test
  2. 5 Proven Study Habits for a Higher Score on Test Day
  3. Framework for a Successful Grad School Application (with Linda Abraham)
  4. On the New Digital LSAT and a Good Ham...
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5-Part Framework for a Successful Grad School Application [Ep. 3]

admissions gmat gre podcast Sep 25, 2019

Your standardized test (GMAT / GRE) is only part of the admissions criteria when applying to graduate or business school.

But what about the rest of your application?

To help you learn how to maximize all parts of your grad school application, we invited expert admissions consultant Linda Abraham, founder and CEO of Accepted, to The Dominate Test Prep Podcast to share her 5-part framework for a successful MBA / grad school application. She breaks down each of the five key components and explains exactly what you need to do in your application to showcase yourself in such a way that schools will want to admit you.

Listen to the episode here:

 

Be sure to listen all the way to the end, as the second half of the episode includes Linda's answers from a live Q&A where she goes even deeper into best-practices for crafting a winning application. These are common questions that you may have yourself, such as:

  • If you’re filling out a general...
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5 Proven Study Habits for a Higher Score on Test Day [Ep. 2]

podcast Sep 17, 2019

As Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do." That's especially true when it comes to the actions you should be taking on a consistent basis as you prepare for your standardized test. In fact, there are five (5) key study habits that I've seen from working with thousands of students over the years that, if you take them to heart and implement them consistently into your study routine, will inevitably lead to better performance and a higher score for you on test day.

We lay them all out for you in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:

 


Specifically, here's what you'll find in this episode:

  • The BE-DO-HAVE principle for success, based on the framework laid out by James Clear in his book Atomic Habits;
  • A thorough discussion of the five (5) key study habits that will inevitably lead to better results for you on test day if you consistently execute them during your test preparation;
  • From the Mailbag: Should you take a full-length...
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You’re Doing It Wrong: The 3 Biggest Mistakes You’re Probably Making in Your Application Essays

By: Michael Noltemeyer, North Star Editing

Writing an application is like being trapped in a choose-your-own-adventure story that someone else is reading: your fate lies in the hands of your audience.

Problem is, most applicants don’t understand what their audience wants.

I don’t make that claim lightly. Over the last ten years, I’ve read literally thousands of personal statements and statements of purpose and everything in between.

That’s why I’m confident when I say you’re probably making at least one of these three mistakes I see on almost every essay that comes my way.

1. Thinking Your Essays Don’t Matter

Consider these figures from 2017:

Competition for Ivy League spots is so fierce that Harvard, Yale, and Stanford could each rescind their offers of admission to every student they have already accepted, choose another freshman class of the same size, and suffer no statistical drop-off.

In fact, they could probably do that...

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Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized Test [Ep. 1]

gmat gre lsat podcast sat Aug 31, 2019

In this very first episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we share with you the top three things we've seen from 14+ years in the industry that will empower you to have the best possible experience preparing for whichever standardized test you're studying for.

Listen to these top 3 tips here:

 

These principles are universal, so whether you're just diving in or have been preparing for a while and need that little extra something to get you over the hump, we're confident you'll see an improved score on test day if you take these tips to heart.

In the "From the Mailbag" segment, we also tackle the question of why your standardized test is necessary in the first place, so be sure to listen all the way to the end for that.

Study hard and we'll talk with you on the next episode. Until then, I'll leave you with the quote we opened this episode with:

"If you want to be great, you must embrace the boredom of consistency." -- Justin Su'a

 

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SAT How to Prepare: Implement this Proven "SAT Success Triad"

sat Aug 26, 2019
 

If you're like a lot of students when they first come to me, you're unsure of exactly how to prepare for the SAT to maximize your results. Perhaps you've already been studying on your own, working practice problems and taking practice tests, but you're not seeing the kind of improvement you need. You know there has to be a way to prepare more effectively, but you don't know what it is.

My question to you is: How do you get better at anything in life?

Whether you're learning a musical instrument, honing your skills at a sport, perfecting your painting abilities, or yes, learning to dominate the SAT, it really boils down to an interplay between three core components -- what I call the "SAT Success Triad."

They are:

  1. Content Knowledge. This is the WHAT of a particular endeavor. On the SAT, it's the mathematical, reading, and writing concepts you need to know.
  2. Strategy. This is the HOW of getting more efficient and effective at implementing the various content knowledge. On the SAT,...
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Probabilities for Belmont Stakes 2019 Betting Opportunities

gmat gre Jun 06, 2019
 

When studying for the GMAT or GRE, it's easy to ask yourself: "When will I ever use this in the real world?"

So let's have a little fun.

On Saturday, June 8th, will be the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, the third of three famous horse races that comprise the famed Triple Crown of horse racing. This year there isn't a horse with a chance of winning the Triple Crown, as two different horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes leading up to this weekend's race. But it's still going to be a field boasting lots of talent, and it's incredible watching those majestic animals run full-tilt with a combination of such power and elegance.

But I digress....

So what does all of this have to do with the GMAT and GRE?

Betting. Odds. Probability.

As you've no-doubt discovered, probability is one of the math topics tested on the quantitative section of both the GMAT and GRE. So why not apply what you're learning to a real-world example?

Specifically, there are six common wagers bettors...

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