LSAC Adds Abstract Reasoning (Math) Section to the LSAT

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Well, it had to happen sooner or later. The LSAT is undergoing its first really major change since 1991. LSAC just announced that starting on the June LSAT, it’ll be adding an Abstract Reasoning section to the test.

Also known as math.

This sucks. We know. A lot of people will be complaining that math has nothing to do with law school (but some would say the same thing about logic games). LSAC adding math to the LSAT actually isn’t the most terrible thing in the world; after all, you already have a head start, since you studied math for a good twelve or so years of your life. With LSAT Logic Games you were starting from square one.

Everything you learned (and forgot) in those high school math classes will come in handy, because LSAC has assured that nothing will be at the college level. The questions will mostly consist of algebra and geometry, with some calculus thrown in as well. You probably couldn’t recite the quadratic formula to save your life right now, but when you start studying it’ll all come back to you. We at Blueprint LSAT Prep will start incorporating Abstract Reasoning into the lessons to catch everyone up. As for the calculus, if you never took it in the first place, it might be worth sacrificing a couple questions to guessing so that you can continue to spend the bulk of your time on Logical Reasoning, Reading Comp, and Logic Games, which will still take up a majority of the test. The whole test will now have six sections (two LR, RC, Logic Games, Abstract Reasoning, experimental), so you’ll have to up the stamina a bit, too.

LSAC will be releasing a faux LSAT prep test with the new Abstract Reasoning section within a couple weeks so you’ll be able to get more of an exact sense of what’s going to be tested. Until then, just take a deep breath, and get back to studying.

UPDATE: Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone.

14 Responses

  1. catalina says:

    OMG.. You really got me!!!!

  2. Kar says:

    My heart skipped a beat.. T’was a good one :x

  3. Ati says:

    OH MY GOD… YOU HAVE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IDEA how close I just got to having a mental break down….. im still shaking…

  4. Richard says:

    Wow…I almost just changed my mind about retaking the test in June…..This was a good one.

  5. Jerome Parker says:

    Oh, what I would give to make this true! I WISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  6. Roger says:

    Wow. Touche BluePrint. Touche.

  7. Lora says:

    THAT WAS NOT FUNNY! Half-way through the article my computer died and so for the following hour (while I tried to resuscitate my stupid computer) I had a full blown panic attack… I love you BP and I’ve taken the course twice but I really didn’t appreciate this.

  8. christian smith says:

    my life just flashed before my eyes.

  9. Zeke says:

    wow good one, you had me lol.

  10. AB says:

    I am sitting at Starbucks and half-way through I pretty much yelled out “Oh… f**k” ……My heart literally dropped.

  11. Angela says:

    First: “Oh s*#^!” Second: “Well, ok you can do this….” Third: Laughing out loud and thoughts of “I can’t believe I fell for that.” Very funny BP.

  12. circle skirt says:

    I work for LSAC, and they actually sent this around to all of us thinking it was legit. You gave me a very, VERY good laugh!

  13. morgan says:

    “starting on the June LSAT…” *immediately jumps from tenth story window*

    you’re lucky I have cat-like reflexes and was able to land on my feet and walk back up here to finish reading this just meow

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