The Morning Cometh: February 2012 LSAT Aftermath

Like the Nightman, the morning after the LSAT cometh.

The February LSAT is weird in a number of ways. First, it’s in a twilight period – very late for people applying to start in the fall; very early for those applying to start in 2013. There are significantly fewer people taking this exam than any other during the year. And finally, it’s undisclosed – those of you who sat for it will never get to see which questions you got right and wrong.

Most of what I heard said that, while not particularly difficult, this was a weird test.

The first thing that stands out is the bucking of the recent trend towards difficult RC. Most students with whom I talked thought that it was fairly straightforward, without really any difficult passages (including this one, for those of you who didn’t take the test but want to read one).

To get logical reasoning out of the way, there were a few hard questions, but overall it was in line with what students expected.

Logic games, however, seriously tripped people up. Most tests tend to follow the two hard/two difficult pattern. Yesterday’s exam, however, seemed to consist of four difficult and time-consuming games. Many students who usually end up perfect on the games didn’t finish, or they weren’t sure of their answers.

Overall, it seems that the difficulty was average. While the games were harder, it was made up for by the easy RC. This seems to be a slight deviation from the standardized difficulty we were starting to see on the last few exams (with a few hard questions sticking out, but no one section being a ‘killer’); again, the February LSAT is weird.

Either way, it’s been 24 hours since the February LSAT. Your heart rate is just now probably getting back to “normal.” Don’t make any decisions yet about cancelling (should you be weighing that option). Check in on the blog in the following days for advice on what to do now.

12 Responses

  1. H says:

    Do we know for sure how often the experimental section is NOT one of the first three? As that ever been the case? My experimental section could have been 3 or 4 since they were both reading comp

  2. Tamirra says:

    Has anyone else been an emotional schizophrenic since Saturday? Sorry about that email, mom.

  3. Anthony Smith says:

    Did everybody else notice that the total questions was only 100? I feel like 101 questions is much more standard. I had 50 total LR sections, 27 on the RC and 23 on the LG.

  4. Joe says:

    section 3 was experimental for me i think. I had games for section 1 and 3

  5. LSAT Victim says:

    RC was straightforward?? If by straightforward you mean dry and dense, then yea it was straightforward!! The games were easier than the ones I practiced with. I usually get scared and run out of time but this time I fit in by a hair (though not 100% sure about every answer I put down).

    • Everyone’s going to feel different about the exam; however, most people I talked with felt the RC was easy and the games were difficult. But you should feel good that you got through the games! And it sounds like you felt the RC was more of a slog than difficult, so hopefully it all works out in the end.

  6. impatient says:

    I actually agree with victim. That was one of the more challenging RCs to slog through while the LG seemed less challenging that my practice ones. Normally I am significantly stronger in RCs.

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