December 2015 LSAT First Impressions

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    It's over! And you survived! Here are our initial thoughts.The Saturday administration of the December LSAT is now over, and across the country test takers have gone online and provided us all with their views of the exam. Collecting those insights gives us a reasonable estimation of how the test went and which sections were real. Of course, we are not allowed to say anything too specific about the exam—LSAC is serious about test security—but we'll try to give you enough information here to allow for an informed perspective on what was scored and what was experimental.

     Also, we ask that you please be considerate of disclosure rules in the comments below. It's fine to note general impressions about the test, or to speak of actual topics encountered like the subject of a game or passage, but anything more detailed than that is asking for trouble (so no answer choice discussions, for example).

    Now, to the test.

    Let's start with Logic Games. From what we're seeing, the real Logic Games were as  follows:

    • Game 1 was about 6 pieces in 6 times (morning and afternoon)
    • Game 2 was about 8 ceramic pots into 6 spots (sounds like a Linear Game)
    • Game 3 was about 4 employees and their preferences on where to work among 4 offices/companies (from initial reports this sounds a lot like a Pattern Game, which I'll discuss more below)
    • Game 4 was about 3 committees where each committee has 3 positions (President, Secretary, Treasurer)

    Of course, we won't know about that third game until the test is released in a few weeks (more on that here: http://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/when-will-december-2015-lsat-scores-be-released), but early reports suggest that it was a Pattern game. For those unfamiliar, Pattern games are a rare type of Logic Game that most recently appeared on the June 2014 LSAT. You can read more about that test and Pattern games in general in a few other blog posts, but suffice it to say that a reappearance was a surprise. Fortunately, PowerScore students were well-equipped to deal with the occasion, as Pattern games are covered in our courses and books.

    In Reading Comprehension, we know that the following passages were on the real section: 

    • African American Theater and the Federal Theater Project (4-year program)
    • Punishing companies for fraudulent activities
    • Comparative reading about Feminist literature (Passage A) and the position of women in Ancient Rome under Augustus (Passage B)
    • Lamarck and Evolution/Inheritance, RNA/DNA

    Of note, the comparative passage seemed problematic to many, which is unusual as comparative reading is generally considered easier than the rest on most exams.

    Logical Reasoning is notoriously difficult to gauge given how many questions there are relative to games or passages, but from what we've heard the following topics were real:

    • Amber (an early questions that caused a lot of trouble)
    • Honeybees
    • Cooked foods
    • Dolphins and seals
    • Ships in ocean (ocean vessels)
    • Lemurs with covered versus partially-covered forest overhead
    • Psychic girl/powers
    • Vaccine X
    • Gold mines

    So hopefully that helps in the real vs. experimental consideration, but certainly we'd love to hear more! If you have any additional comments or questions please post them below, and congratulations to everyone who took the test this weekend. It's time now to have a beer or six, or just Netflix and chill. You'll have your results before you know it!

    Image "E is for...321/365" courtesy of Abe Novy