LSAT 2017 SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
LSAT Syllabus is set by Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The law entrance exam is conducted 4 times every year. Candidates seeking admissions in programs like LLM and JD have to qualify LSAT. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) 2017-18 is a standardized examination, to be given by students who are seeking admission into law colleges across the world.
Syllabus for LSAT 2017-18 entails extracting opposite implications from given texts to arrive at accurate understanding of texts. This will require indulging in crucial thought process and examine arguments and their solutions.
This section is aimed at evaluating the skills of candidates pertaining to reading, coupled with decisive understanding and insight. The section involves extensive and intricate text materials that are in line with what students will have to study at law schools.
These questions will require candidates to indulge in complex analysis that a law student is generally required to carry out in the process of solving issues.
Directions - Each set of questions in this section is based on a single passage or a pair of passages. The questions are to be answered on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage or pair of passages. For some of the questions, more than one of the choices could conceivably answer the question. However, you are to choose the best answer; that is, the response that most accurately and completely answers the question, and blacken the corresponding space on your answer sheet.
Passage for Questions 1, 2, and 3
The painter Roy Lichtenstein helped to define pop art—the movement that incorporated commonplace objects and commercial-art techniques into paintings—by paraphrasing the style of comic books in his work. His merger of a popular genre with the forms and intentions of fine art generated a complex result: while poking fun at the pretensions of the art world, Lichtenstein’s work also managed to convey a seriousness of theme that enabled it to transcend mere parody.
That Lichtenstein’s images were fine art was at first difficult to see, because, with their word balloons and highly stylized figures, they looked like nothing more than the comic book panels from which they were copied. Standard art history holds that pop art emerged as an impersonal alternative to the histrionics of abstract expressionism, a movement in which painters conveyed their private attitudes and emotions using nonrepresentational techniques. The truth is that by the time pop art first appeared in the early 1960s, abstract expressionism had already lost much of its force. Pop art painters weren’t quarreling with the powerful early abstract expressionist work of the late 1940s but with a second generation of abstract expressionists whose work seemed airy, high-minded, and overly lyrical. Pop art paintings were full of simple black lines and large areas of primary color. Lichtenstein’s work was part of a general rebellion against the fading emotional power of abstract expressionism, rather than an aloof attempt to ignore it.
But if rebellion against previous art by means of the careful imitation of a popular genre were all that characterized Lichtenstein’s work, it would possess only the reflective power that parodies have in relation to their subjects. Beneath its cartoonish methods, his work displayed an impulse toward realism, an urge to say that what was missing from contemporary painting was the depiction of contemporary life. The stilted romances and war stories portrayed in the comic books on which he based his canvases, the stylized automobiles, hot dogs, and table lamps that appeared in his pictures, were reflections of the culture Lichtenstein inhabited. But, in contrast to some pop art, Lichtenstein’s work exuded not a jaded cynicism about consumer culture, but a kind of deliberate naivete, intended as a response to the excess of sophistication he observed not only in the later abstract expressionists but in some other pop artists. With the comics—typically the domain of youth and innocence—as his reference point, a nostalgia fills his paintings that gives them, for all their surface bravado, an inner sweetness. His persistent use of comic-art conventions demonstrates a faith in reconciliation, not only between cartoons and fine art, but between parody and true feeling.
Which one of the following best captures the author’s attitude toward Lichtenstein’s work?
The author most likely lists some of the themes and objects influencing and appearing in Lichtenstein’s paintings (middle of the last paragraph) primarily to
The primary purpose of the passage is most likely to
Candidates should not get discouraged in case the content of reading selections seems unfamiliar because texts are picked up from several disciplines and sources.
This section is aimed at evaluating candidate’s aptitude towards considering a set of facts and rules and on their basis determining what could or must be true. Questions asked in this section are associated with testing candidate’s ability towards understanding the structure of relationships and subsequently bring out logical conclusions concerning these structures.
Candidate must possess the ability to reason with verifiable set of rules and principles, which express relationships between people, things or occurrences.
Knowledge, skills and reasoning ability must be used by college students and graduates to answer the questions
Directions - Each group of questions in this section is based on a set of conditions. In answering some of the questions, it may be useful to draw a rough diagram. Choose the response that most accurately and completely answers the question and blacken the corresponding space on your answer sheet.
Passage for Question 1
A university library budget committee must reduce exactly five of eight areas of expenditure—G, L, M, N, P, R, S, and W—in accordance with the following conditions:
If both G and S are reduced, W is also reduced.
If N is reduced, neither R nor S is reduced.
If P is reduced, L is not reduced.
Of the three areas L, M, and R, exactly two are reduced.
If both M and R are reduced, which one of the following is a pair of areas neither of which could be reduced?
Passage for Questions 2 and 3
Seven piano students—T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z—are to give a recital, and their instructor is deciding the order in which they will perform. Each student will play exactly one piece, a piano solo. In deciding the order of performance, the instructor must observe the following restrictions:
X cannot play first or second.
W cannot play until X has played.
Neither T nor Y can play seventh.
Either Y or Z must play immediately after W plays.
V must play either immediately after or immediately before U plays.
If V plays first, which one of the following must be true?
If U plays third, what is the latest position in which Y can play?
Candidates should usually avoid leaving a passage incomplete before starting next passage because it will lead to time wastage. However, it might be sensible to leave the passage if it is consuming too much time.
This section is aimed at assessing the candidate’s capabilities to examine, decisively assess and complete arguments.
Directions - The questions in this section are based on the reasoning contained in brief statements or passages. For some questions, more than one of the choices could conceivably answer the question. However, you are to choose the best answer; that is, the response that most accurately and completely answers the question. You should not make assumptions that are by commonsense standards implausible, superfluous, or incompatible with the passage. After you have chosen the best answer, blacken the corresponding space on your answer sheet.
Laird: Pure research provides us with new technologies that contribute to saving lives. Even more worthwhile than this, however, is its role in expanding our knowledge and providing new, unexplored ideas.
Kim: Your priorities are mistaken. Saving lives is what counts most of all. Without pure research, medicine would not be as advanced as it is.
Laird and Kim disagree on whether pure research
Executive: We recently ran a set of advertisements in the print version of a travel magazine and on that magazine’s website. We were unable to get any direct information about consumer response to the print ads. However, we found that consumer response to the ads on the website was much more limited than is typical for website ads. We concluded that consumer response to the print ads was probably below par as well.
The executive’s reasoning does which one of the following?
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The general exam pattern of LSAT 2017-18 will be same for all the five segregated regions. The pattern will involve one section on reading comprehension, one section on analytical reasoning, two sections on logical reasoning sections, along with a writing test at the end of examination.
The writing test will not be included in the score. However, this written piece will be sent to all law colleges in which candidates apply.
|SECTION||NUMBER OF QUESTIONS||TIME ALLOWED|
|Analytical Reasoning||26-28 (approximately)||35 minutes|
|1st Logical Reasoning||22-24 (approximately)||35 minutes|
|2nd Logical Reasoning||24-28 (approximately)||35 minutes|
|Reading Comprehension||24-28 (approximately)||35 minutes|