Category Archive: Analysis of Previous LSATs

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The Day After the Day After

You shut your friends and family out of your life. You gave up that thing that was way too distracting. (Yes, we know about that thing. Blueprint is the Santa Claus of test preparation.) You studied and studied and studied. You pleaded with fate or whatever higher power you believe in. Maybe you even pleaded with a higher power you don’t believe in. In short, you turned your happy life upside down over a multiple-choice test. That test happened this past Saturday.

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Lessons Learned From the October 2015 LSAT

October LSAT scores came out last week. That means the October LSAT was released into the wild. I was perhaps a little bit too excited to sit down with a timer and take it — it had been a little while since I last took a full test timed. Here’s my overall impression.

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Boo! LSAC Releases Some Spooky October 2015 LSAT Scores

This week, LSAC decided to up the late-October spookiness level by releasing scores for the October 2015 LSAT.

I’ll get right to the number that has all of you on the edge of your seats: The curve was -12, meaning that of the 101 scored questions on the test, you needed to get 89 correct for a 170. For a 160, you needed to get 73 or 74 questions correct. For the keenly interested, here’s the score conversion table.

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October LSAT: The Morning Cometh

Those taking the October 2015 LSAT have run the gauntlet and emerged on the other side, (hopefully) relatively unscathed. As post-LSAT-celebration hangovers subside, let’s delve into the chatter we’ve heard about the October 2015 LSAT. We’ve heard multiple reports that one of the Logical Reasoning sections was especially difficult, which is unusual – we often hear that there were a couple really tricky Logical Reasoning questions on the test, but it’s atypical to hear that an overall section was especially tough. In addition, we’ve heard rumors that there were no Main Point questions in Logical Reasoning, which doesn’t often happen – Main Point questions are far from the most common question type, but you can generally count on at least a few per test.

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October 2015 LSAT Instant Recap

Huzzah! You’re done with the October 2015 LSAT!

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We know that you probably don’t ever want to think about the LSAT again. But before you begin your well-deserved celebrations, take a moment to tell us how it went.

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Lessons Learned From the June 2015 LSAT: Part II

Last week, Laura took a look at the Logic Games and Reading Comprehension sections of the June 2015 LSAT. This week, I am going to cover the Logical Reasoning sections of that test. I want to start by thanking Laura for covering logic games because…logic games are the worst. My personal hell would probably involve completing endless logic games while “It’s a Small World After All” plays on an endless loop (on a related note, I’m pretty sure anyone who enjoys logic games is some sort of demon).

With that aside, let’s take a look at the Logical Reasoning sections in the June 2015 LSAT. For the most part, the consensus seems to be that the Logical Reasoning sections were fairly straightforward. My own review of the test seems pretty consistent with that general sentiment. Nevertheless, there are a few questions worth highlighting from both of the sections.

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Lessons Learned from the June 2015 LSAT

Here’s a little-known fact: LSAT instructors get three Christmases per year, and last week was one of them. That’s right – Santa brought us a brand spanking new LSAT for us to savor! The June 2015 LSAT, hot off the presses.

The questions on this particular test that seemed to generate the most chatter were a certain Logic Game involving magazine features, and a Reading Comprehension passage about glass. Even if you didn’t take the June 2015 LSAT, there are some important lessons to be drawn from it, so let’s dive in.

Logic Games

There’s something surprisingly refreshing about sinking your teeth into a Logic Game you’ve never seen before, and the June 2015 LSAT did not disappoint on that front, with a rather unusual fourth game that had people talking after the test (just like last year!).

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June 2015 LSAT Scores Released

Yesterday was a big day in LSAT World, as the scores for the June 2015 LSAT were released late in the day.

Here’s how the curve broke down:
-10 for a 170
-26 for a 160
-44 for a 150

This means that you could’ve missed 10 questions and gotten a 170, and so on and so forth. Also of note is the fact that it was not possible to get a 179, 175, or a 122 on this exam.

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LSAT Got You Down? It Could Be Worse

The LSAT isn’t fun. Now, at Blueprint, we try to make the LSAT as enjoyable as possible – but at the end of the day, the LSAT is still a test that takes up half the day, matters a lot, and sometimes is less-than-fascinating.

But it could be – and was – worse! Lest you think I’m grossly exaggerating in the way your parents and/or grandparents do (“back in my day, I had to walk twenty miles through blinding blizzards – uphill, in my bare feet – to get to school”), the LSAT used to be a six-hour slog, with some seriously bizarre sections.

In this episode of Count Your Blessings, You Young Bucks #firstworldproblems, let’s go over some of the old sections that will make you grateful that you only have to deal with Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension (and your writing sample, technically).

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June LSAT: The Morning Cometh

The dust is settling on the June 2015 LSAT, and overall, it sounds like there were some surprises on the test, with a lot of test-takers hoping for a generous curve.

Much like last year, the section that generated the most discussion was Logic Games, where test-takers were faced with an unusual and difficult final game about magazine features. We can’t discuss too many of the particulars, but it sounds like the game gave very few rules, and I’ve heard a few people say that they found at least one of the rules to be confusing. LSAC has been throwing more unusual games at test-takers recently, and it looks like that trend is here to stay.