LSAT strategies: Breadth or depth drilling?
LSAT strategies: Breadth or depth drilling?

The takeaways

It's up to where you are in your study journey!

  • Breadth-first drillers are figuring out their strengths and weaknesses
  • Depth-first drillers know their precise weakpoints and what they need to target

Breadth or depth?

In our an earlier post, we talked about two cohorts – Breadth-first drillers and Depth-first drillers – who have been successful at leveraging AdeptLR to improve their LR performance. Breadth-first drillers consistently practice across categories, whereas Depth-first drillers tend to practice targeted categories. So, is one strategy better than the other? Should you be going for breadth or depth when drilling?

The answer, as our data show, depends on your preparation stage. Breadth-first drillers typically subscribe to AdeptLR early in their LSAT preparation stage, at which point they’re still figuring out their own strengths and weaknesses and require comprehensive exposure to different LSAT questions types. As these drillers mature, we observe them switching to more targeted drilling of specific categories. In other words, drillers can switch from Breadth-first to Depth-first (and vice versa!). It all depends on the user’s test study stage and personal needs.  

Sixty-one percent of our users adopt Breadth-First strategy, drilling all 17 categories. A subset of users do Depth-First drilling, targeting 1-5 categories.

In case you're wondering, the categories that drillers most frequently select for targeted drilling are Parallel Reasoning, Paradox, MSS, Flaw and Most Helps Justify. These are categories that users typically struggle the most. Targeted drilling enables users to hone in on their weakness and improve their score.

Among all categories, Parallel Reasoning and Paradox are most commonly selected for drilling
Marie Ng, Chief Data Scientist
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