Types / Infer

Average Questions Per Test1.3
Predicted Questions on Modern Test1.7
When the LSAT asks you to extrapolate a new conclusion by combining the fact patterns and evidence presented in a stimulus, you are doing the infer task.

This task can be prompted by a wide variety of question stems, but most of them will mention "infer," "inference," or "[new] conclusion." On modern LSATs, one of the most common versions of this question stem is:

Which one of the following statements can be properly inferred from the statements above?

Two general structures that Zen of 180 students use to visually represent the extrapolation strand tasks

In the example on the left, the credited answer (C), is a necessary condition interpolated between two or more pieces of evidence presented in the stimulus (A and B), i.e. in order for B to be true in the context of A, C must also be true.  In the diagram on the right, the credited response is a combination of two or more pieces of evidence from the stimulus, that when combined lead to a new conclusion.

In comparison to must also be true, the infer task is more concerned with conclusions and is slightly less stringent in terms of logical deductions.  In order to correctly identify the inference, you may be required to read between the lines more than required for the more concrete task.  Conversely, most supported by [stimulus], is open to more loose interpretations, including analogies and applications to new situations.

The key to correctly answering an infer question is to clearly highlight the main pieces of evidence--the actors and their definitions--and how they can be combined in terms of topic, degree, certainty, and opinion.  As with fails to consider, the goal is not to describe the specific evidence--as the LSAT answers will invariably mention the "correct" parts--but rather the links in relationship and the degree of certainty between the pieces of the stimulus.

The question stem for this task is fairly easy to identify, so be sure to actively read it to determine which task, zooming in our out, you're asked to perform. Marking the stimulus for actors and relationships with both highlighter and pencil will help you make a clean prephrase of the generalizations you'll look for in the answer choices.

TestQ #SectionAnswerYour AnswerDistractorDifficulty
June 2007223CEnterBHard
PT 6812CEnterEHard
PT 6843EEnterCHard
PT 67122DEnterE
PT 67174BEnter
PT 66214DEnter
PT 6564EEnterMedium
PT 64181BEnterMedium
PT 6391DEnterHard
PT 6353DEnterMedium
PT 62242EEnterAHard
PT 61102AEnterMedium
PT 6031BEnterEasy
PT 60123EEnterBHard
PT 59193EEnterAVery Hard
PT 5894AEnterMedium
PT 56192AEnterHard
PT 56232EEnterBHard
PT 55151DEnterEHard
PT 54252DEnterCMedium
PT 54234BEnterEHard
PT 53161EEnterEasy
PT 52183DEnterAHard
PT 51111BEnterEasy
PT 51143CEnterAHard
PT 51193DEnterBHard
PT 5092BEnterEHard
PT 49202BEnterEasy
PT 49104DEnterHard
PT 48164CEnterEasy
PT 4733DEnterEasy
PT 4622EEnterEasy
PT 4672BEnterVery Easy
PT 4511AEnterVery Easy
PT 45221EEnterBHard
PT 44142DEnterCHard
PT 4393AEnterC/EHard
PT 4274EEnterEasy
PT 41253BEnterVery Easy
PT 4031BEnterVery Easy
PT 40241CEnterEasy
PT 40113EEnterMedium
PT 39122AEnterBHard
PT 3814BEnterEasy
PT 3722EEnterEasy
PT 3772BEnterVery Easy
PT 37122AEnterMedium
PT 36141EEnterMedium
PT 35214CEnterEMedium
PT 34232EEnterA/BHard
PT 34133DEnterEasy
PT 33111EEnterEasy
PT 31172AEnterEasy
PT 3163DEnterVery Easy
PT 31103DEnterAHard
PT 30232DEnterMedium
PT 3044AEnterVery Easy
PT 2961EEnterMedium
PT 2813DEnterVery Easy
PT 2883BEnterEHard
PT 2731DEnterVery Easy
PT 2754CEnterVery Easy
PT 27144CEnterEasy
PT 27174AEnterMedium
PT 26192BEnterMedium
PT 25132BEnterMedium
PT 2524BEnterVery Easy
PT 2422DEnterEasy
PT 2483CEnterMedium
PT 24113BEnterMedium
PT 24153EEnterMedium
PT 23202BEnterEasy
PT 23242DEnterMedium
PT 2343AEnterMedium
PT 23123BEnterMedium
PT 2222BEnterMedium
PT 2244AEnterCMedium
PT 21102AEnterMedium
PT 21142CEnterVery Easy
PT 21123BEnterEasy
PT 21183DEnterEasy
PT 21243EEnterBVery Hard
PT 1932DEnterMedium
PT 19172CEnterAMedium
PT 1954AEnterEasy