February 2008-2016 LSAT Details

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February LSAT Details Since 2008Of the various LSAT administrations offered each year, the most mysterious and often confounding for attendees has traditionally been February. The reason for this is that the February exam is nondisclosed: LSAC only releases your final score and its percentile, so you won't receive a copy of the test itself, the scoring scale, or your answer sheet to see how many you missed and where those misses occurred. 

Not only does that lead to some understandable uncertainty when it comes to reviewing your performance, but it also raises the fairly obvious question of, "Why?" Why does LSAC choose to keep one test a year* a complete secret when the others are all provided for free to those who took it and ultimately available for purchase by anyone? The answer: reuse. Nondisclosed exams allow LSAC to readminister them in their entirety as needed, typically for later International, Sabbath Observer, and Make Up test dates. (And in all likelihood the upcoming July 2018 exam**)

Fortunately, while these tests aren't out "in the wild," a fair amount of information about them is still publicly-available online...information that I've taken the time to compile into a single, handy post below. So here's everything we can share*** about the February LSATs from 2016 all the way back to 2008:

February 9th, 2008

NOTE: this test was readministered as the February 16th, 2013 Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures)

101 Questions

Section Orders

  • LR LG LR LR RC  (section 1 or 3 experimental)
  • LG LR LG RC LR  (section 3 experimental)
  • RC LG LR LR RC  (section 1 experimental)
Logic Games – 23 Questions
  • Variables ordered onto 3 floors
  • Gym, History, Theater, Math classes on 2 floors
  • Five academic subjects in the spring and fall
  • 4th game: Variable groups on Tuesday/Wednesday (possibly Monday)
Reading Comprehension – 27 Questions
  • Native Alaskans/No land
  • Mars  exploration
  • Bloch (view on author of a study)
  • (Note: first Feb appearance of Comparative Reading; it was also reportedly the easiest passage set on the test)
Logical Reasoning – 25/26 Questions
  • Baseball analogy to art
  • Tickling machine and why people laugh
  • Strawberries
  • North American plate tectonics
  • Software patents
  • Dolphins and nets
  • Company selling moon meteorites for $200K
  • Octopus learning to grab red and white balls
  • Politician: tax cuts to only certain individuals not fair
  • Llamas better than dogs
  • Micro-loans
General Thoughts/Impressions
  • Reading Comprehension was not terribly difficult, and the Comparative Reading was particularly easy (5 Qs)
  • Logical Reasoning had 1 VERY difficult section; 1 section relatively straightforward
  • Games were reported to be of above-average difficultly

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February 7th, 2009

NOTE: this test was readministered as the December 2012 Sabbath Observer LSAT and the December 14th, 2013 Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures) 

100 Questions

Section Orders (some possible confusion regarding at least one of these)

  • LR LG LG LR RC  (section 2 or 3 experimental)
  • LR LG LR LR RC  (section 3 experimental) 
  • LG RC LR RC LR  (section 2 experimental) 
  • RC LG LR LR LG  (section 2 experimental)
  • LG LG LR RC LR  (section 2 experimental)
Logic Games
  • Hotel Guards (Security badges and shifts in morning, afternoon, night)
  • May 1st - May 6th Game
  • Plants/Crops (Irrigation/Fertilization)
  • Music concert (Solo/Orchestra/Jazz)
Reading Comprehension
  • Motown and music education in Detroit public schools (Barry Gordy)
  • Efficiency and efficacy of economic markets (Comparative)
  • Science passage on bird's identifying objects passage talking about the species identifying stuff (phylogeny; species splitters/lumpers)
  • Patent law when applied to computer software coding/algorithms
Logical Reasoning
  • Pygmy bears
  • Small bacteria that can't reproduce
  • Rainfall in two different months
  • Sun and earth distance 

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • Reading Comprehension appears to have been relatively straightforward
  • A number of questions on space, anthropology, biology, and questions of ethics/morality in LR; no Cannot Be True questions or Evaluate the Argument
  • Games were reportedly normal/easy

 


February 6th, 2010

NOTE: this test was readministered as a February 2012 International LSAT and the December 21st, 2013 Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures) 

100 Questions

Section Orders 

  • LR LG LR RC LR  (section 3 experimental) 
  • LG LR LG LR RC  (section 3 experimental) 
  • RC LG LR RC LR  (section 1 experimental)

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • Faculty/student classes scheduled in 2 semesters
  • Electrical kitchen appliances (Grinder, Juicer, Mixer, Rotisserie, etc)
  • Hikers on trails (Willow, Maple, Oak, Tupelo, Spruce)
  • Zulla and Taylor (Defense attorney and clients?) 

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • How sciences are perceived by the community (Darwin vs astrophysicists)
  • Egyptian hieroglyphics and West African language (connection between primitive Egyptian language)
  • Blackmailing/videotaping
  • Edith Wharton and feminism/interior design

Logical Reasoning - 25 Questions

  • Hotspots and endangered species
  • Dinosaur extinction

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • LG reported as particularly difficult
  • LR on the other hand was apparently quite routine

 


February 12th, 2011

NOTE: this test was readministered as the January 4th, 2014 Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures) 

101 Questions

Section Orders (some possible confusion regarding at least one of these)

  • LR RC LR LR LG  (section 3 experimental)
  • LR RC LG LR LG  (section 3 experimental)
  • LG LR RC LG LR  (section 1 experimental)
  • RC LR RC LG LR  (section 1 or 3 experimental)
  • RC LR RC LR LG  (section 1 or 3 experimental)

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • 2 snow plows on 6 streets
  • Films (Vertigo, etc)
  • Paintings
  • Two people (Frank and Gloria) planning trips to cities (Houston, Montreal, Toronto, etc)

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • UNESCO (sunken ship with gold coins; Comparative)
  • Debt and environmental issues/exports
  • Grammarians preserving language (descriptivists/prescriptivists)
  • Curing malaria with tree bark (?)

Logical Reasoning - 25/26 Questions

  • Children watching TV
  • Employees
  • Videotaping and observing behavior
  • Artwork which evokes great passion/emotion
  • Students going to school 12 months vs 9 months
  • Wine/cardiovascular health
  • Stress and urban living
  • Cultural standards of beauty

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • Easy test overall (reportedly easier than the previous December 2010 LSAT)
  • RC reported by many to be the hardest section on the test

 


February 11th, 2012

NOTE: this test was readministered as a September 2017 International LSAT (Europe) and the September 23rd, 2017 Florida Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures) 

100 Questions

Section Orders

  • LG LR LG RC LR  (section 1 or 3 experimental)
  • LR LG LR LR RC  (section 3 experimental) 
  • LR LR LG LR RC  (section 1 experimental)
  • RC LR LG LR RC  (section 1 experimental)
Logic Games - 23 Questions
  • Long and short television commercials (or possibly video games?)
  • Assigning 5 people to 3 apartments (with and without pets)
  • Employee orientations on Wednesday afternoon, Friday Morning, and Friday afternoon
  • Interviewing law students (Feingold, Juarez, etc)

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • Heirloom crops: agricultural plant genes and hybridization (diversity of indigenous crops)
  • Public tax subsidies for arts (Comparative)
  • Bankruptcy laws (traditional vs modern techniques) 
  • Sandstorms/sandslides, dunes, rock layers, and vertebrate fossils (archaeology)

Logical Reasoning - 25 Questions

  • Martian meteorite (life in space)
  • Fluoride in water preventing tooth decay 
  • Liming a lake to counteract acidic water 
  • Organically grown products more profitable in the long run 
  • Root dwelling carnation ants
  • Pesticide advertisement (insecticide and gardens?)
  • Short documentaries vs long sci-fi films
  • Bookstores hardcover best seller 
  • Trucks vs snow studs, destroying roads 
  • The mayors business affairs
  • Fresh okra and seafood gumbo
  • Radiating/heating or cooling floors in luxury hotels and humidity
  • Vitamin C and acne
  • Technology Institute and plumbing 

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • Third RC passage widely considered the hardest
  • All four games reportedly time-consuming
  • Overall medium difficulty LSAT

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February 9th, 2013

NOTE: this test was readministered as a December 2015 International LSAT (Europe), the October 14th, 2017 Make Up LSAT (due to test center closures), a December 2017 International LSAT (Asia), and a February 2018 International LSAT (Europe)

NOTE #2: this was also the LSAT where the infamous Computer Virus game (real in September 2016 LSAT) first appeared as experimental

101 Questions

Section Orders 

  • LR RC LR LR LG  (section 3 experimental)
  • RC LR RC LG LR  (section 3 experimental)
  • RC LR LG LG LR  (section 3 experimental)
  • RC LG LR LR LG  (section 2 experimental)

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • Office employees getting security clearance/badges (managers/recent hires)
  • Romance novels/Thrillers/Book purchases
  • Parade float order
  • Semester courses/Academic classes 

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • Formalism 
  • Jazz and Bebop
  • Paranormal activity and science (Comparative) 
  • Polysacrylate or polyaspartate chemical proteins in laundry detergent (industrial cleaning/fertilizer/crab shells?)

 Logical Reasoning - 25/26 Questions

  • Spotted Bears and the fish they eat
  • Kesha as speaker 
  • Scripts and agents submitting them 
  • Promises (guy mishears question but gives an answer) 
  • Voting referendum 
  • Removing party leaders 
  • Chlorinated water preventing some diseases (cancer) 
  • Library renovation
  • Typhus 
  • Government funding of schools 
  • Maternity leave
  • Clay soil
  • Glee club 
  • Nuclear activist
  • Decaffeinated coffee
  • Airline crew
  • Iron superconductors 
  • X and Y cities and populations in hospitals
  • Methane and volcanos
  • Gardening supplies 
  • Power lines and electromagnetic fields 
  • A person's father's liver 
Writing Sample(s)
  • Rowboats vs Canoes  
  • Choosing between two PhD programs

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • Logic Games considered quite easy
  • One LR section far harder than the other (described by some as "weird")
  • Reading Comp slightly easier than other tests around this time period, albeit with a challenging final passage

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February 8th, 2014

NOTE: this test was readministered as a September 2016 International LSAT (Asia), the September 18th, 2017 Sabbath Observer LSAT (North America), and the July 23rd, 2018 LSAT

101 Questions

Section Orders 

  • LR RC LR LG LR  (section 1 experimental) 
  • RC LR LG LR LG  (section 3 experimental) 
  • RC LR RC LR LG  (section 1 experimental)
  • LG LR RC RC LR  (section 4 experimental) - NOTE: this was from the reuse as the 9/2017 Sabbath test

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • Art installations 
  • Garden/Department store with furniture, gardening, housewares
  • Schools and plays (note: original reports in 2014 mentioned a "city workers" game but this appears to have been incorrect)
  • 8 Diplomats/delegation sitting clockwise at a circular table  

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions (apparently from June 2011 experimental)

  • French revolution and women’s rights
  • Art and sports commentators with competition/aesthetics (Comparative)
  • Physics/Complexity theory (Karl Popper)
  • Common law/international law re: indigenous rights in Belize 

Logical Reasoning

  • Shrimp health effects and shrimp farms
  • Brenda’s kittens and puppies
  • Babies and parents buying them teddy bears
  • Nutritional deficiencies and social programs
  • Rival toy companies 
  • New France and Quebec and cards 
  • China and coins 

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • This test's LG section crushed a lot of people, with games 3 and 4 described as a killer combo
  • LR and RC both described as reasonable (relative to the games, anyway), although the first LR was notably tougher than the second
  • A harder-than-average LSAT by all accounts

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February 7th, 2015

NOTE: this test was readministered as the June 24th, 2018 International LSAT

100 Questions

Section Orders 

  • LG LR LG RC LR  (section 1 experimental) 
  • LR LR LG LR RC  (uncertain experimental) 
  • RC LR LG RC LR  (section 1 experimental)

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • Projects due in September, October, and November
  • Projects assigned to interns
  • Sculptures in an art gallery (North and South halls)
  • Vintage cars on display in a car show

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • African-American, female comic-strip author (Omre and Tomry)
  • Bangladesh banking systems for assisting low-income individuals in developing nations (Micro finance; Comparative)
  • Legal theories of property ownership
  • Einstein and dark matter in an expanding universe (Science/Physics)

 Logical Reasoning - 25 questions

  • Grandfather drank a lot and lived long so must be false that drinking kills you early
  • West and East chimps
  • Parks convenient place
  • Periwinkles and PH (clams?)
  • Comic strip
  • Bat pups

General Thoughts/Impressions

  • Reading Comp felt by most to be the hardest section (final two passages in particular), especially as it appeared as the fourth or fifth section for many test takers
  • Logical Reasoning stated to have been easier than the several tests prior
  • Overall Feb 2015 considered easier than December 2014 (the preceding exam) 

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February 6th, 2016

NOTE: this test was readministered as the February 11th, 2018 International LSAT (parts of Asia and Australia) and the June 23rd, 2018 International LSAT

101 Questions

Section Orders

  • LG LG LR LR RC  (section 2 experimental) 
  • LR RC LR LG LR  (uncertain experimental) 
  • LG RC LR LR RC  (section 2 experimental)

Logic Games - 23 Questions

  • Furniture sale, with lamps, tables, pillows, mirrors, etc. being sold over the course of 3 months
  • 3 artists ordered into 5 spots
  • 6 people going to conferences in London, Madrid, and Paris
  • Ordering of books on a bookshelf

Reading Comprehension - 27 Questions

  • Edmonia Lewis, a female sculptor of mixed African-American and Native American heritage
  • Government regulations and worker/employer representation (workplace ethics and employee rights)
  • Urban "smart growth" and suburban sprawl (Comparative)
  • Shrubs/hedges aging

Logical Reasoning - 25/26 Questions

  • Election campaign promises hurting public
  • Too many traffic tickets
  • Moths and bats making sounds ("tweek tweek" sounds, apparently)
  • Physics and psychology
  • Intentionally creating art
  • Burglars with the initials G and S
  • Intention pollution
  • Outdoor exercise versus a treadmill
  • Absinthe
  • A gala for music awards
  • Laughter and social bonding
  • High cholesterol
  • Rat fleas
  • Electronic toll systems
  • Vital interests
  • Broca's area and bilingualism
  • Altruistic behavior
  • Expanding downtown area
  • Damming a river
  • Desire and beliefs
  • Redefining church
  • Bacteria and fungi
  • Wolves and wolf subspecies
  • Bay leaves
  • Skin disorder (cancer)
  • Plastic bottle reduction
  • Legislators voting for unfavorable bills
  • Cell phone insurance deductible
  • Food not being hunted by some people (this is likely a question about Neanderthals)
  • A spaceship/machine indicator light (possibly "a blue/green light" as reported by some)
General Thoughts/Impressions
  • Highly complex RC passages, which is fairly typical of LSATs from the past several years
  • Reasonably standard LR and LG

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So there you have it! I'll continue to update this list with additional February tests going forward (including the 2017 and 2018 exam content shortly), but for now it should prove a helpful resource for anyone who takes a "special" LSAT and wants to determine after the fact exactly what its source was!

Questions or comments on the February tests, LSAC's policy of reusing old LSATs, or what you're likely to encounter in the future? Let us know below or at lsat@powerscore.com and we'll do our best to help you out!

 

 

*This applies to LSAT cycles from 1991 through 2017. In 2018 LSAC added a fifth exam in July which was also nondisclosed. And in 2019 a total of six LSATs will be offered, three of which are reported to be nondisclosed (as of this writing).

**This notion was recently explored in a Crystal Ball Webinar where Dave Killoran and I outlined our expectations for the remaining LSATs in 2018, specifically noting that while June, September, and November will be new tests, the July 2018 exam is likely to be a repeat of a previously-administered LSAT, most probably a past February test. You can watch that discussion here if you're interested! 

***LSAC rules prohibit certain discussion points so we have to be careful not to talk about answer choices, specific strategies or solutions (like LG setups), and the like. What we can describe are the topics that were presented, which is what I've done above. All of the information here is widely available from a variety of sources online; this is merely an attempt to collect it all in one place and standardize its presentation.