Strengthen the Conclusion LSAT Questions
In a strengthen the conclusion question you are looking for the answer choice with the most POSITIVE effect on your conclusion. This of course requires that you can identify the conclusion.
As you approach the stimulus, pick out the conclusion, look for any weaknesses in the argument that can be rectified by an answer in order to make the argument stronger, also think about how to improve the argument as you read. The more you read actively and consider possible answer choices and ways to strengthen the argument as you read the faster you will be at finding the correct answer choice.
Here are some example question stems for Strengthen the Conclusion questions:
“Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?”
“Which one of the following principles, if valid, most strongly supports the reasoning above?”
Which of the following, if true, most justifies the statement above?”
“Each of the following, if true, supports the claim above EXCEPT?”
Which of the following statements, if true, most helps the claim above?”
When approaching strengthen/support the conclusion questions follow these steps:
- Identify the conclusion (Premises too but do not waste time)
- Look for any weaknesses in the argument
- Think about how to make the argument stronger
- Look for answer choices that: improve or support a premise OR add a new premise that supports the conclusion
- Select the answer that provides the MOST support for the conclusion.
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