How Do “Perfect 180” LSAT Scorers Think?

Earning a perfect 180 on the LSAT isn’t easy. The scale used is from 120-180, and significantly fewer than 1% of all LSAT-takers earn a 180 score. So, how do these talented individuals think? More precisely, how do they think through LSAT questions? And, most importantly, what useful insights do the thinking processes of these 180 LSAT scorers provide for all students?

Of course, not all people process information and/or analyze problems the same way. Every person who scores a 180 on the LSAT does not approach problems exactly the same way as other 180 LSAT scorers do. However, in working with ScoreItUp students who earned a 180 score, one particular theme emerged in the Logical Reasoning section that I believe all LSAT Prep students should be aware of:

  • As a preliminary matter, “perfect 180” LSAT scorers typically do struggle on some Logical Reasoning (LR) questions. They don’t struggle on as many questions as the typical student, but they often are unsure about a few.
  • On the questions they struggle with, these LSAT high-achievers often are not able to fully analyze the problem/argument in the limited time the LSAT provides.
  • However, one of the things they have learned to become exceptionally good at is recognizing why the wrong answers are wrong. As a result, even if they are uncertain that the right answer is right, they are able to accurately determine that the wrong answers are wrong.
  • Therefore, by eliminating the wrong answers, these perfect 180 LSAT scorers typically get to the right answer to the questions they find especially difficult by process of elimination.
  • Developing that skill – understanding why wrong answers are wrong – is critically important for all LSAT takers. It is one reason why my LSAT Prep courses focus heavily on enabling students to (1) understand exactly what each answer choice (including the wrong ones) is saying, and (2) efficiently recognize why a wrong answer doesn’t make sense in light of the argument and question posed.

If you have questions about any of that, please feel free to email me at mark@scoreitup.com. Good luck – let’s hope that you too will earn a perfect 180 on the LSAT so that (1) we can pick apart your brain as well, and (2) I can brag about you in a future ScoreItUp email!