The Morning Cometh: Reaction to the December 2012 LSAT

Another year, another December LSAT. I’d wager you woke up a little later and in a little less pristine condition this morning than you did yesterday. Now that your December LSAT answer sheet is on its way to Newtown, Penn., you’re probably feeling a little differently than yesterday.

I’ve heard from a number of students, and it sounds like yesterday’s LSAT didn’t hold any big surprises. While there were some hard questions as always, no one’s reporting anything too strange.

By most accounts, Logical Reasoning was fairly normal. The exception is that there may have been several crux questions, whereas usually there’s at most one on a given LSAT. Some reported feeling a little worn out from a few long questions in a row but on the whole everything seems more or less as you’d expect.

Many December LSAT test takers thought the first two logic games were on the easy side. The flipside is that it was important to get through these first two games quickly, as the third game was apparently tricky and the fourth had the potential to eat up lots of time. Some LSAT test takers who got through the first few games quickly were thankful for every extra minute on the fourth game.

Reading comp, it seems, was fairly unremarkable, though some enjoyed the passage topics. The relationship between the two passages of the comparative reading may have been a bit more abstruse than usual. All together, I haven’t heard too many complaints about this section.

We’ll see about the December LSAT curve. It’s hard to tell from taking the test where it’ll fall; for example, I’m not sure how many would have predicted last December’s -14 (for a 170) LSAT curve.

If you walked out of the December LSAT testing center happy, congratulations, you can move on to better things. If you walked out not so happy and you’re considering canceling your LSAT score, hold off for now. Let the sting wear off so you can give it a more detached assessment. You have until Friday, anyway. We’ll have a blog post up Thursday about the factors that should go into a decision whether or not to cancel your December LSAT score.

For now, get out and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

10 Responses

  1. Al says:

    Can someone fill me in on what a crux question is exactly?

    • Aaron Cohn says:

      It’s Blueprint terminology for the ones that ask something like “The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the argument?”. They’re close relatives of strengthen and weaken questions. It isn’t really any big deal to have a few on the test; they’re not all that weird. It’s just unusual as they’re fairly rare most of the time.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Ugh! The days are going to go by so slow waiting for January 3rd to come around. I’m a little nervous because I thought the test was easier than the practice tests…hmmm…wondering if I did exceptionally well or failed epically. Only time will tell!

  3. Abby says:

    Hi Aaron,

    I had a quick question regarding the December test. During my second section, loud jackhammers began going off sporadically throughout the entire section. It was extremely distracting and I could not even hear myself think. I am wondering if this is a factor I could address in an addendum, or if that seems like I am complaining? It really threw me off for a section that I usually dominate in. Thanks!

    • Kyle says:


      I went to a conference with admissions deans from NYU, Stanford, and Duke. They all agreed that it would be worth noting if something such as a serious illness or external factor i.e. a marching band practicing outside your test center negatively impacted your score. Don’t drag on about it too much, but it is definitely worth mentioning.

      • Abby says:

        Thank you! If I have already turned in all of my applications, and they are all on hold waiting for my second LSAT score, should I directly contact each school’s admissions?

  4. heather says:

    hated the rc!

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