Articles published in March 2010

Old Blue Eyes — A Logic Game


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Old Blue Eyes

Seven singers—Hiroshi, Jordan, Kirkwood, Lewin, Marin, Olin, and Pan—will audition for the lead singer role in a Frank Sinatra cover band. The auditions will take place one at a time, and no other singers will audition for the role. The order of the auditions must conform to the following rules:

  • Exactly two auditions will take place between Jordan’s audition and Olin’s audition.
  • Exactly one audition will take place between Marin’s audition and Pan’s audition.
  • Hiroshi’s audition will take place immediately before or immediately after Lewin’s audition.
  • Jordan’s audition will take place before Hiroshi’s audition.

1. Which one of the following could be the order of auditions, listed from first to last?

(A) Jordan, Lewin, Hiroshi, Olin, Marin, Kirkwood, Pan
(B) Jordan, Hiroshi, Lewin, Olin, Marin, Pan, Kirkwood
(C) Olin, Hiroshi, Lewin, Jordan, Pan, Kirkwood, Marin
(D) Pan, Olin, Marin, Jordan, Kirkwood, Hiroshi, Lewin
(E) Marin, Jordan, Pan, Lewin, Olin, Hiroshi, Kirkwood

2. If Olin auditions first, which one of the following must be true?

(A) Marin auditions third.
(B) Pan auditions third.
(C) Kirkwood auditions second.
(D) Jordan auditions third.
(E) Hiroshi auditions seventh.

3. If Lewin auditions immediately before Olin, each of the following could be true EXCEPT:

(A) Kirkwood auditions second.
(B) Marin auditions seventh.
(C) Pan auditions third.
(D) Jordan auditions first.
(E) Hiroshi auditions third.

4. If Kirkwood auditions sometime between Jordan and Olin, which one of the following must be true?

(A) Kirkwood auditions second.
(B) Either Marin or Pan auditions fifth.
(C) Either Marin or Pan auditions first.
(D) Either Hiroshi or Lewin auditions last.
(E) Jordan auditions either first or fourth.

5. There are exactly two possible orders of auditions if which one of the following is true?

(A) Hiroshi auditions immediately after Jordan.
(B) Kirkwood auditions immediately after Olin.
(C) Lewin auditions immediately after Olin.
(D) Marin auditions immediately after Jordan.
(E) Pan auditions immediately before Olin.

6. If Marin auditions first, which one of the following must be true?

(A) Kirkwood auditions before Pan.
(B) Olin auditions after Pan.
(C) Hiroshi auditions after Kirkwood.
(D) Lewin auditions before Olin.
(E) Jordan auditions after Kirkwood.

7. If the condition that Hiroshi’s audition will take place immediately before or immediately after Lewin’s audition is replaced with the condition that exactly one audition takes place between Hiroshi and Lewin, and if all other conditions remain in effect, each of the following could be true EXCEPT:

(A) Olin auditions fourth.
(B) Jordan auditions third.
(C) Kirkwood auditions first.
(D) Lewin auditions sixth.
(E) Hiroshi auditions fourth.

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Atlas Prep Courses head to California!


Spring has tentatively sprung here in our New York City Headquarters and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s time to pack away those down coats and bust out your LSAT books! For those of you who are fortunate to find yourselves on the West Coast, you all enjoy this weather all day, everyday right? I’d insert an audio clip of Tupac here, but I think there are more pressing concerns because there are only 80 days til the June 2010 LSAT! Have you started studying yet?

If you haven’t begun yet, fear not my California friends, because Atlas is going to Cali!

Atlas LSAT is launching our exceptional LSAT course in Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, and Berkeley at the end of this month. We’re excited to bring our course to warmer pastures.

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P.S. Ok, a little Tupac didn’t hurt anyone: California Love!

What does the LSAT have to do with Law School?


When I first started preparing for the LSAT, I found myself a little frustrated by the logic games section in particular but also by the logical reasoning component of the test. What, I asked, could this possibly have to do with who is ready or able to go to law school? In particular, I ruefully compared the LSAT to other exams for professional school admissions, such as the MCAT and GMAT, which test more substantive knowledge about chemistry or specific mathematical formulas, directly relevant to coursework in medical and business schools. I thought the LSAT had little to do with law school and was something of a throwaway, but the more time I spend in law school (I’m a 3L) the more I think this is not really the case.

Logic Games?!

The skills learned for logic games have been quite helpful in two ways, one tactical and one practical. The tactical skill the logic games taught me was the habit of developing a system for organizing information and spelling out relationships. Lots of times on law school exams professors give you a problem that has several ambiguities, and these ambiguities can link up. The best answers are the ones that figure out the ramifications of every likely (that is legally colorable) argument. For example, did the parties form a contract for a lease of the house or didn’t they? And in either case, when one party moved in and then damaged the door, did that party do so negligently? What ramifications are there for each party under the four potential combinations of resolutions to these two questions? Is your head spinning yet? Read more

Building the Best LSAT Teacher


I wrote a while back about our selection process // but an article in the Sunday NY Times Magazine made me think some more about what makes for great LSAT teaching: //

Doug Lemov, the main subject of the article, went around and videotaped teachers to create a catalog of effective teaching moves.  He actually filmed me when I used to teach 5th and 6th grade math at North Star Academy in Newark (if I recall, it’s a clip of me telling a kid to sit down — over and over again).  I truly admire Doug’s work — it provides a way to look at and work on some of the tangible ingredients that make a teacher great, and thus, students learn.  At times, I find the focus on moves a bit too narrow, but as the article suggests, the moves are just part of the package — a teacher needs to know the content backwards and forwards, and have a great curriculum.

It turns out that a lot of the moves that are effective in a middle school math classroom are the same ones that make an LSAT classroom work.  Not that we need to tell students to sit down (or at least not over and over again), but keeping every student engaged is part of an Atlas LSAT teacher’s job.  Sure, people who sign up for an LSAT class are self-motivated, but if they’re bored they’re bored!  So, cold-calling (read the article) is needed for adults too!  Be ready, the next question may be yours….