HOW TO HANDLE MICRO QUESTIONS

These techniques are an effective means for answering micro questions as they enable you to focus on the essay’s details.

1) Find the section of the passage that is relevant to the question (often this is highlighted for you).

2) Use information in the relevant section to select the correct answer choice.

How to find the relevant section of the passage:
Usually, the LSAT writers help you out and highlight the relevant text of the essay. When there is no highlighted text, micro questions will contain words that help you find the relevant section of the passage.

Watch for Synonyms
Usually in micro questions, the correct answer choice will paraphrase or rephrase the supporting text. For example, consider this excerpt:

. . . My parakeets, Herman, Herman II, and Herman III, were an important part of my childhood. Their deaths taught me that life was fragile—and precious. . .

Rarely will you see questions like this:

Question: What did the author’s parakeets teach him about life?
Correct Answer Choice: They taught him that life was fragile—and precious.

The LSAT will usually not repeat text verbatim; rather, the answer will usually rephrase the supporting text.

Question: What did the author’s parakeets teach him about life?
The correct answer will likely NOT be worded: “They taught him that life was fragile—and precious.” Rather, the answer will rephrase the supporting text, such as: “They showed the author that life was delicate and something to be valued highly.” The correct answer choice should rephrase the relevant part of the passage.

LSAT Tip:
If you see an answer choice that uses the same wording as the supporting text, check it carefully. It could be a decoy. An answer choice can repeat the passage verbatim and still be incorrect. Often the words will be rearranged or used in a different context. In fact, especially for medium and high scorers, an answer choice with the exact wording as the passage should be cause for suspicion.

Next LSAT: January 26