The LSATs, or Law School Admission Test, are a set of exams that prospective law students must take in order for them to attend law school. These tests take place six times each year, in various locations worldwide, and test one's reading comprehension, reasoning and logic, and can be quite difficult if you don't know what you're doing.
The test came into existence shortly before 1950 as a way to standardize law school entry, besides solely just looking at a student's GPA. Countries like Australia, Canada and the United States have used them for decades, while more and more are adding these exams to their list of requirements for law school entry every day.
And because you're interested in possibly becoming a lawyer, we want to help you out with some LSAT prep. As with any field, there are certain words that you need to know. How can you attend a school when the jargon is unclear to you? So, we want to test how LSAT-ready you are, with a quiz that'll test you on the words you need to know.
Will you be ready to face the exams once you're done, or would you need to spend some time reading the dictionary? Let's find out.
Subjective refers to something that is influenced by personal feelings, opinions or tastes but not facts. It also refers to a group of nouns or pronouns used for the subject of a sentence.
To feign means to give a false impression or to pretend that something is true, such as an illness or death. The earliest definition of the word meant to fashion, form or shape.
Pertinent is defined as having a direct or significant relation to a particular subject or situation. Synonyms for pertinent include appropriate, suitable, to the point, fitting and applicable.
Discrete means constituting a separate entity which is individually distinct and unrelated. It also refers to taking on or having a limited and non-continuous number of values.
Disarm means to forcibly take away a person or group's weapon(s) so as to deprive them of means of attack or defense. Another definition is to win over the confidence of a person.
Defer is defined as to put off, postpone or delay an event to a later date or time. Other definitions include postponing someone's compulsory draft to the military.
To sever means to divide or remove something by cutting and slicing with sudden force. Sever also means to cut ties, break off or put an end to a relationship with someone or an organization.
Redundant refers to unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; that which is no longer useful or needed; serving as a backup of a single component to prevent the failure of an entire system.
A paradox is a self-contradictory statement which may appear to oppose common sense, yet turns out to be true; a person, action or situation with seemingly contradictory qualities.
Perturb means to cause worried or anxious behavior in someone; to be thrown into turmoil or confusion; to alter the normal or path of a system or moving object.
Engender is defined as to create, give rise to or induce a particular feeling in someone; to bring something into existence; to procreate or sire.
The definition of digress is to temporarily deviate or stray from the main subject of attention or course of argument, to discuss something else.
Anomalous means to deviate or appear inconsistent from the normal or expected standards; of an ambiguous nature or classification; contradictory or paradoxical in nature.
Arbitrary refers to seemingly random choices made on a personal whim; unrestrained and dictatorial use of authority; decisions made using individual judgment and not fixed by the law.
Prone is defined as having a tendency or inclination to do, suffer from, or experience something; to lie flat, typically faced downward.
Lucid is defined as to think or communicate one's thoughts and ideas clearly; easily understood or clear-headed; bright or luminous.
Specious is defined as having a misleading appearance, deceptive attraction or allure; that which appears to be true or genuine, but is actually wrong.
Dogma refers to a system of fixed beliefs or teachings, especially religious, which are laid down by an authority to be the undeniable truth; something held as a generally accepted opinion.
Antagonize is defined as to provoke or incur the hostility or anger of someone through words or actions; to act in opposition or in a way that is contrary.
Ephemeral refers to something that is short-lived or lasts for a very short time, such as a fly that lives for one day or a plant which grows, flowers, then dies in a few days.
Opaque is defined as a non-transparent object which does not allow radiant energy, especially light to pass through; something that is hard to explain or understand; obtuse or slow-witted.
Isolate means to keep a person or item alone or apart; to pinpoint something and then observe it separately; to place a person or animal in quarantine; to extract a substance in its purest form.
Implicit is defined as the capability of understanding something which was suggested or implied though expressed indirectly; complete and unwavering trust without question or doubt.
The definition of tacit is to understand something which was expressed without words; to indicate or imply something through action or silence.
Corroborate means to verify or give support to a theory, statement, idea or finding; to confirm the validity of something by removing doubt using indisputable evidence.
A catalyst is a substance which causes a chemical reaction to occur at a faster rate without undergoing any permanent chemical change; a person or thing which spurs an undesirable event.
Profound is defined as having or displaying great intellectual depth or insight; an overwhelming or intensity of feeling or quality; to reach from or extend far below the surface.
Variance is defined as the state or quality of being inconsistent or different; a disagreement between two statements or documents; the state or fact of conflict or opposition.
The definition of tangential is to deviate from a previous thought or main point; of little relevance; touching lightly or hardly touching a matter; related to or of the nature of the tangent.
Abstract means something which exists only as a thought or idea without a physical or concrete existence; dealing with a subject in theoretical aspects; to extract or remove something.
To assert means to positively proclaim a fact or belief confidently and forcefully; to speak or behave in a confident manner which compels others to recognize one's authority and rights.
Inherent refers to a natural and inseparable characteristic attribute which exists permanently as part of something or someone; vested in someone as a legal right, benefit or privilege.
The definition of refute is to use evidence to prove that someone, a statement, or theory is wrong; to deny the validity or truth of something.
Equivocal refers to the uncertain nature of a situation or something; to be subjected to two or more interpretations which lead to confusion; the ambiguous feelings toward a person or thing.
Circumlocution is defined as using an unnecessarily large number of words to convey an idea in a deliberate attempt to be evasive or vague; an evasion in speech.