If you just look at the acronyms — SAT and LSAT — you will come to the (absolutely trivial) conclusion that these two exams are 75% alike. Just slap an “L” on the front, and you’ve got the SAT. So is the LSAT just a lawyer-y version of the SAT? Do you need to know how to find the hypotenuse of a lawyer triangle? Do you have to determine whether the rules of grammar are being violated in a legal brief? Must you memorize the definition of legal terms such as “consideration” or “restitution?”
Nope, nope, nope. The similarities between the LSAT and the SAT pretty much begin and end at the acronym naming convention. In fact, the SAT is largely based on testing memorization whereas memorization is basically irrelevant to studying for the LSAT. So, not only is the subject matter not necessarily the same, the basic skills these exams are testing are completely different. Which brings us to the point in the passage where we conclude that these two tests are very different.
The more important question, however, to test takers is the one in the title of this post: Which one is harder? Now, I could sit here and tell you the answer with written words and no special effects, but who wants that? Why not allow handsome, articulate, LSAT genius Brett Donaldson to clear up this issue in a brief video with cool hand drawn animations? That sounds way better than reading some blog post about it, now doesn’t it?
The video is also something you can share with your friends who are thinking about/planning on going to law school. You’ll be the expert source of extremely important and expertly-packaged information that is crucial to their lives. They will owe you for the rest of their lives. And, isn’t that what life is all about: getting people in your debt so that they can compromise themselves repaying that debt someday? If you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s contained in a nifty little Coppola movie entitled “The Godfather.”
So, without further ado, LSAT master Brett Donaldson: