The Morning Cometh: The December 2016 LSAT

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Merry day after! To those of you who took yesterday’s exam, congratulations! We heard it was a bit tough, especially in the Logic Games section (a recent trend), but otherwise was nothing out of the ordinary.

If you didn’t take yesterday’s exam but are instead studying for February or beyond, hopefully this post and the exam, when released, will be valuable tools for your preparation. So let’s have a look:

Logic Games

There were two games that gave test takers trouble, not surprisingly games 3 and 4. One was about corporations trading buildings, and another about paintings — oils and watercolors. We’re not entirely sure the types of these games yet, but this seems to continue the recent trend of the makers of the LSAT getting creative(ish) on Logic Games.

The computer virus game from September was the hot topic this time two or so months ago, and it turned out to be a weird but ultimately doable Ordering game. The June exam had a game about the selection of offices, which was a Pattern game, one of the games we classify as Neither games. It remains to be seen if either or both of these were Neither games, or just variations on the general Ordering/Grouping content of most LSATs.

Reading Comprehension

In the converse of the above, most of the reports we’ve had indicate that Reading Comprehension was easier than usual. There was the usual melange of topics — Rawls’ Theory of Justice, MRI brain scans, and The Great Migration. The comparative reading appears to have been about insider trading.

As is often the case, when they make one section brutal — in this case Logic Games — they usually back off a little on another section, this time perhaps Reading Comp. As you’ve probably realized, this ends up evening things out when it comes to the “curve.” (As an aside, if you’re wondering about the LSAT curve, it’s not really a curve, but you can read all about it here.)

Logical Reasonings

Getting a handle on Logical Reasoning is always the toughest task when we review an LSAT on The Morning Cometh. That makes sense because there are about fifty questions — half the scored questions, as you likely know — all unrelated.

For a rundown of the LR questions that stuck out, checkout the LSAT subreddit. It’s full of useful information (and rife with useless speculation), but it’s aggregated a significant amount of information. Look at the grey box up at the top, which is maintained by the subreddit’s redditor. All in all, it seems that LR wasn’t really too much different or unusual, although there are always a few weird and nasty questions sprinkled in.

So what now?

Here’s where we toss at you our perennial favorite video, “Should I Cancel My LSAT Score?” This soon after a possibly traumatizing experience, you may not want to watch, and you don’t have to. Yet.

The official cancellation policy is here. In brief, you have until 11:59 pm Eastern on the sixth day after the exam to cancel. So, relax today. Think it through. Then decide whether to cancel. Obviously, determining which section you took was the Experimental Section is very important in knowing whether to cancel.

Got any additional info/feelings on the exam? Drop a comment!

2 Responses

  1. curious says:

    Will everyone with a section order of LR-RC-LR-LG-LR have the same experimental section? For instance, could one person have the experimental LR questions in section 1, and another have the experimental LR in section 3, and another in section 5. Or will everyone with that sequence have the experimental section in the same place?

    • It used to be that everyone got the experimental section at the same time. That is no longer the case. Given your specific hypothetical, though, I can’t say for sure whether everyone with the same order would have the experimental in the same section. You could ask LSAC, but I guarantee they won’t answer the question.

      If you’re trying to determine which section was the experimental in order to figure out if you want to cancel your score, take a look at the LSAT subreddit. It should lead you in the right direction.

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