Breaking Down LSAT Questions: the Three Sections

If you’re reading this blog, congratulations on deciding to take the LSAT! Say goodbye to your peace of mind and social life, and get mentally prepared to spend a few months gaming the LSAT format to squeeze every available second out of your LSAT test questions. Many things about the LSAT are changing (we’re still recovering from the bombshell that the LSAT is going digital), but the typical LSAT question on each of the three sections remains largely the same. For the uninitiated, here’s a complete LSAT sections breakdown:

How Many Questions Are On the LSAT?

You’ll answer an approximate total of 100 graded questions on the LSAT. The actual number of multiple-choice questions is about 125 when you take the experimental section into account, but for your LSAT score let’s stick with the 100. These are broken down into four multiple-choice sections of 24 to 28 questions each. Each LSAT multiple-choice section must be completed in 35 minutes or less. Your LSAT test questions will be broken down as follows:

  • Two Logical Reasoning Sections: 50% of your score
  • One Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) Section: 25% of your score
  • One Reading Comprehension Section: 25% of your score

How Is the LSAT Scored?

Great question! The total amount of questions you answered correctly is recorded as your “raw score,” and this number is then converted into your “scaled score,” falling somewhere between 120 (deplorable) to 180 (perfect). Read the complete LSAT scoring guide to learn more about how your scores are calculated.

Logical Reasoning

Let’s look at LSAT exam questions for each section. The Logical Reasoning section is the most important section of the LSAT simply because there are two graded sections, compared to just one for the other sections. Each question on the Logical Reasoning section contains a brief paragraph that usually is an argument. Logical Reasoning questions will ask you to identify the conclusion, find the supporting assumptions, and locate logical flaws that weaken the argument.

Read our blogs on Logical Reasoning to learn methods of identifying common logic flaws faster and diagramming your way to success.

Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)

Learning how the LSAT works will help boost your score tremendously. The Logic Games section presents the greatest opportunity for you to increase your LSAT score, as all the logic games follow a specific structure. Each Analytical Reasoning section contains four logic games with 5 to 7 questions per logic game. This means you should spend 5 to 8 minutes per logic game. Each logic game presents a scenario along with a list of rules that must be followed. You might be asked to determine the order that runners finish a race or the kennels in which various dogs must be kept.

Scoring well on logic games necessitates learning the main types of logic games and perfecting your diagramming abilities to make the best use of your time. Try a practice logic game to get a handle on what this LSAT section entails.

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section is similar to Reading Comprehension sections on college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT, only more difficult. Each Reading Comprehension section contains four reading passages of 400 to 500 words followed by 5 to 8 questions per passage. There will be one reading passage for each of the following categories: Law, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The most important factor for improving your Reading Comprehension score is efficiency. Being able to read a passage quickly and identify the hypothesis or main point, author’s attitude, and the purpose of the passage will help you answer questions in a timely manner. We read an Economist article as a Reading Comprehension passage because we are obsessed with LSAT prep.

Learning how to conquer every type of LSAT question is crucial, but remember to research what to bring (and what not to bring) on LSAT test day. By enrolling in an LSAT prep program and focusing on all three sections you could score a fabled 180 — read how two students did just that. Blueprint LSAT is proven to increase your LSAT score by an average of 11 points, so don’t hesitate to sign up for a free trial. If you need help picking the right prep course for your study style and goals, talk to one of our Academic Advisors for free! 

 

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