The December 2013 LSAT Post-test Analysis

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    PowerScore LSAT PreparationThe December 2013 LSAT was given yesterday for the majority of test takers. A number of test centers ran into weather problems from the snowstorm, and those test takers had their exams cancelled. If your test center was closed, LSAC will re-schedule your LSAT for one of the next few weekends, but you will not take the LSAT that was given yesterday. So then, for the students sitting for the exam, how did they feel about the LSAT?

    Overall, most students I spoke with felt pretty good about this LSAT. Both Logic Games and Reading Comprehension were described with words such as "straightforward" and "not unreasonable." Of course, that does not mean they were easy! All LSATs have a fairly high degree of difficulty, and these comments reflect the fact that nothing seemed extraordinarily challenging.

    In Logic Games, the section with the Book Summaries and Paintings/Distance from the Entrance was the real section. One student said, "This was a good section for me, and I'm not great at Games." There's always a chance to miss questions in LG, but most students felt they wouldn't mind seeing a section like this one again.

    In Reading Comprehension, the section with Mirrors and the Video Games (MMORPGs) was the real section. Over the years, RC has been slowly getting more challenging, and in this section the Mirrors passage was often cited as the most difficult passage. Despite that, many of our students felt they did well on this section. There are always some issues with needing more time, but the topics of this section didn't present anything unusual, and a lot of people were pretty happy to see a video game comparative reading passage set.

    Logical Reasoning is always the most difficult section to assess, but many test takers felt LR was the hardest part of this test. The mix of question types was a bit different, and LSAC continued its march towards more convoluted stimuli. Modern LR is forcing students to analyze what is being said, and making it harder for students to use a purely formulaic approach. You have to be able to assess the value of what is being said, and separate statements that are often quite similar in meaning.

    Overall, the feeling was that this was again a fair test and neither especially difficult nor easy. With that in mind, what kind of scoring scale might we be looking at?

    If the test featured 101 questionsand this one didI had estimated last week that:

    If the December 2013 LSAT, contains 101 questions, then the scoring scale will likely allow 2 misses to achieve a 180, 7 misses to achieve a 175, and 12 misses to obtain a 170.

    Nothing in our feedback suggests the estimate above is inaccurate, and so I'll stick to that estimate for now. If you are keeping your score (and not cancelling), there's no need to worry about it further and you should simply hold on until they release the scores in a few weeks. Here's to hoping you did well!

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