October LSAT: The Morning Cometh

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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.

There’s also been a lot of buzz about the third Logic Game. Many students struggled with finding any useful deductions for the game (or ended up with a ton of scenarios). In recent LSATs we’ve seen some unusual game set-ups, but it sounds like all of the games on this test were familiar game types.
For Reading Comprehension, everyone’s talking about an unusually tough Comparative passage. It’s easy to underestimate the Comparative passages, since each passage is shorter and the passages’ structures tend to be simpler. However, as October LSAT-takers were reminded, Comparative passages can still be tough – usually by being especially focused on the details.

Now let’s take a moment to talk about you, the October LSAT test-taker. We hope that your LSAT went without a hitch, but sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan. For instance, if you usually can count on finishing Reading Comprehension without a problem but had to guess on some questions on the fourth passage, you may be wondering if you should cancel your score.

First, sleep on it. In the first few days after the LSAT, test-takers tend to focus on everything that went wrong, often coming close to convincing themselves that they must have gotten the world’s first 119 on the LSAT (yes, a score so low that it isn’t even possible). However, after a little reflection, you may begin to feel that the test didn’t go so horribly after all. You have until the end of the week to make your final decision, so don’t make any hasty decisions at this point.

Second, only cancel your score if you have a concrete reason to believe that you scored significantly worse than usual. If you just have a bad feeling about the Logic Games, it’s probably best to wait and see what score you end up with. However, if you typically come close to getting a perfect score on the Logic Games section and this time you had to guess on the last game-and-a-half, you might have a good reason to cancel the score.

Ultimately, though, most law schools only consider your highest score, so it’s usually better not to cancel your score – and you may surprise yourself by doing much better than you expected.

Now it’s your turn. Do you agree or disagree with the general consensus? Did we miss anything that you found to be especially difficult? And what was your post-LSAT beverage of choice?

7 Responses

  1. Christian Akers says:

    I agree with all of the above. Glad it’s over. Not stoked on three weeks of waiting, but who is. The third game was frustrating, it sucked up all my time. The fourth game seemed much easier. Reading comp didn’t seem too gnarly, but it was a time struggle.

  2. Ashley Walker says:

    Third game killed me! I skipped it and did the 4th game first and breezed through it very quickly, then came back to the 3rd game and struggled a lot and didn’t finish it. Overall though I felt very prepared and I can’t wait to see my results!

  3. Lulu says:

    I agree that Logical Reasoning was especially difficult. I had the misfortune of getting two LR sections in a row starting off, and the first section (which unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be the experimental one) was way harder than I expected. There were a ton of tricky assumption questions, more than usual. The subjects of a lot of the questions towards the end, and the associations that were made between subjects of a question stem, were not intuitive and were designed to make you think more abstractly.

  4. LM says:

    I think the LR seemed difficult because it had zero Main Point questions and also had a lot of necessary assumption questions. If you were not comfortable with nec. assp., you were basically screwed for this test. Also, it is always a little tougher to get to 26 questions instead of 25 for that one section.

    LG was what killed me. Fortunately I did it last, but I could not come close to finishing the third game. I think I had to guess on 4, which almost never happens to me. Did anyone manage to create an effective and useful sketch? I had a sketch, but it was nearly impossible to fill in or do limited options efficiently. I have also heard that some people misread at least one rule for this game (e.g. mistaking non-consecutive for consecutive). I hope I didn’t misread and the “curve” reflects the difficulty of the LG section.

    I normally love the comparative reading passages, but it was really tough on this test. I barely finished and struggled with the questions from that passage.

    Don’t think I should cancel, but very nervous to see my score.

  5. KJ says:

    I actually thought the third game was so much easier than people are making it out to be–if you understood what the rules were saying, it could easily be broken down into scenarios (I think I had 4, maybe 5).

    I did think the RC comparative passage was tricky, but I also had very little time left by the time I got to the end, so part of that was rushing/guessing. Will be interested to see what the curve is like overall–I know of at least a few LR questions I definitely got wrong, but overall, I get the feeling that this one won’t have a particularly forgiving curve.

  6. Arthur says:

    I have been practicing for the lsat religously and unfortunatly, I do not believe the blueprint prepared me best for the LSAT. It was much more difficult than any of the practice tests ever taken.

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