Types / Direct Logic Link

Average Questions Per Test1.0
Predicted Questions on Modern Test0.7
There are four types of assumption questions on the LSAT; direct logic link asks you to restate the positive version of a conditional from the evidence or bridge which is treated as a definite by the argument's conclusion.

Thus, the answer in direct logic link task will be an "LSAT speak" restatement of either the evidence or the bridge of the stimulus. While that sounds easy enough, the answer thus also looks like a common distractor for all the other assumption tasks! Unlike with the other assumption tasks, if you can positively identify the conditional statement within the stimulus that the conclusion requires, you can perfectly pre-phrase your answer.

To avoid the issues caused by the huge differences in the approach for this task as opposed to the rest of the assumption strand, we advise our clients to treat all assumption question stems as though they had a gap between the evidence and conclusion.  Thus, you must constantly be on the lookout for conditional statements while reading assumption task stimuli.

The difference between prephrasing the gap and prephrasing the answer is similar to saying, "I need to get across the river here" and "I need to drive across the one-lane wooden bridge." The former prephrase will allow you to consider any answer that accurately links across the--in this case literal--gap, while the latter will be too specific for many test takers to find the credited response translated into LSAT speak.

At first blush, such distinctions between executive boards and Executive Directors or between gaps and answers can appear to be inconsequential; however, the LSAT gets plenty of test takers to gloss over a crucial definition shift between evidence and conclusion. This test is not kind to careless readers, and the specificity of language employed is very different from everyday language.

The example from the October 1996 sample PrepTest is a perfect example of that required level of specificity, where the conditional is "when" rather than "if" and the answer choice is the contrapositive of the conditional.  Mean, we know.

The question stem for this strand is fairly easy to identify, and since direct logic link assumptions are so rare, be sure to first approach them as you would a definition assumption task.  Be sure to actively read the stimulus for the conclusion, the key evidence, and actively fact-check the conclusion to find disparities between the two.

TestQ #SectionAnswerYour AnswerDistractorDifficulty
PT 67184AEnterE
PT 66102AEnter
PT 66204DEnter
PT 64263EEnterBHard
PT 63153EEnterEasy
PT 6232BEnterAMedium
PT 62252AEnterDVery Hard
PT 6033AEnterEasy
PT 59123AEnterEasy
PT 58141DEnterVery Easy
PT 58191DEnterEasy
PT 56253EEnterC/BHard
PT 5583EEnterVery Easy
PT 55193CEnterMedium
PT 54262DEnterAHard
PT 5383AEnterMedium
PT 53153EEnterEasy
PT 52101AEnterC/EHard
PT 52133DEnterMedium
PT 47141EEnterEasy
PT 44132AEnterCHard
PT 37234CEnterVery Easy
PT 36181DEnterCVery Hard
PT 33101DEnterBMedium
PT 2944BEnterEMedium
PT 28121BEnterVery Easy
PT 28193AEnterEasy
PT 27131CEnterEasy
PT 26132AEnterCMedium
PT 25242EEnterCVery Hard
PT 24133BEnterVery Easy
PT 2393EEnterMedium
PT 23143DEnterEasy
PT 2262EEnterEasy
PT 2132BEnterEasy
PT 21202DEnterCVery Hard
PT 2014DEnterMedium
PT 1992BEnterAMedium