December LSAT: Final Summary

The deadline to cancel your December LSAT scores has passed, so if you took the test and haven’t canceled, you’re in for the long haul until scores are released. Much of the discussion in the week after the test centered on questions about canceling scores, so now that those discussions are out of the way, let’s take a more in-depth look at the test.

Often after an administration of the LSAT, there will be a lot of chatter focusing around one particularly difficult Logic Game or Reading Comprehension passage. That wasn’t quite the case for this particular test. This doesn’t mean that the test was easy, but it does generally indicate that there was nothing terribly unusual on any of the sections.

Some of the students I spoke to felt that the Logic Games section took them longer than normal, but they didn’t seem to feel that any of the games were unusually difficult. Some students reported struggling with a game about striped rugs, but others felt that the game was time consuming, but not particularly difficult.

Reading Comprehension sounds to have been pretty standard overall. Some students found the passage about perfume to be pretty ridiculous (hey, it’s good to know that the LSAT includes some comic relief from time to time). There was a passage about Mexican-Americans that many considered to be the most difficult of the section.

Many people seemed to feel that the Logical Reasoning sections were the hardest relative to the other sections. A few questions in particular were real doozies — I heard a lot of muttering about a question dealing with Han purple glass (which I can’t wait to take a peek at when the test comes out!). If you took the test and are curious about just what the heck Han purple glass is, let me save you some Googling. LSAC has pretty consistently been including a few really difficult questions toward the end of every Logical Reasoning section, and it sounds like that trend continued.

So although there wasn’t really one part of the test that everyone agreed was insanely hard, overall, the consensus is that this was a fairly difficult test. It’s hard to take a guess at what the curve might be, but based on what I’ve heard, I’m putting my money on -12 (meaning that you can get 12 questions wrong and get a 170).

Scores are due to be released on January 5th, although it’s pretty common for LSAC to release scores a couple days earlier than scheduled. Til then, drink eggnog until you forget that you’re even waiting for your LSAT scores.

Do you agree with our assessment? Did we miss any highlights (or lowlights) of the test? Let us know in the comments!

One Response

  1. Travis says:

    Curve will most definitely be -13/-14. Test was more difficult than Dec. 2013 which had a -14 curve and very similar to PT 62 which also had a -14. Barring Dec. 2012, the average curve for the last few December administrations has been 13.5. Although this test’s difficulty was more evenly distributed, it was still a very difficult one. Even on TLS you will find that most people struggled with LG and could not finish the last game which consisted of 6 questions. One LR was incredibly difficult (Hans Purple) and RC was above-average.

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