Each year I make revisions and updates to the LSAT Bibles, and there are several different reasons for that. First, at least three new LSATs release each year. I make changes to some of the content to account for new directions taken by the test makers. Second, I talk with many different LSAT students and also teach various sessions throughout the year. The feedback I receive helps me shape and improve parts of each book. Finally, the books have changed so much over time that providing new versions each year helps students know they are getting the most up-to-date methods and techniques available.
In addition to everything above, there has also been a massive change to the test in the form of a new digital delivery system on tablets. This new digital LSAT affects much of our advice in each book in relation to diagramming games, marking passages, notating arguments, and transferring answers.
Because this new exam is provided in a completely different format than any prior exam,
all prior editions of the LSAT Bibles have been rendered obsolete, and only the 2020 versions address the new digital LSAT.
With that in mind, let’s discuss the changes book by book.
The LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible
The 2020 version of the RCB is 6 pages longer than the 2019 version.
In the past several years, this book has grown quite a bit as we moved towards implementing a more fluid approach to reading each passage and towards providing a broader set of tools for breaking down text and decoding meaning. These changes really improved the usability and effectiveness of the book. Now, it changes again in response to the Digital LSAT. And, on the whole, the alterations to this book are probably the most extensive of any of the three LSAT Bibles. The marking system that we previously used for Reading Comprehension relied on making notations directly on the passage and using side marks to indicate the presence of key information in the passage. That approach is now impossible to use, and thus we now explain and advocate an entirely new system for capturing and controlling information in RC.
So, although the length of the book didn’t change much, the content of those pages is significantly different! Only the 2020 version is now applicable.
The LSAT Logic Games Bible
The 2020 version of the LGB is 7 pages longer than the 2019 edition.
Dozens and dozens of pages in this book changed. All prior advice about diagramming underneath the game and near the questions is now obsolete. Instead, our approach now accounts for the new digital format and the use of separate scratch paper, as well as how to organize the information from each question so it can be reused more efficiently. This means presenting an entirely different approach than in previous books.
Hence, again, only the 2020 version is now applicable.
The LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible
The 2020 version of the LRB is 6 pages longer than the 2019 edition.
This is the book that perhaps changed the least, but of course it too was affected by the inability to write in freehand directly on the tablet screen. We now provide new advice for diagramming conditional and formal logic statements, marking premises and conclusions, answer transferring, and so on. Thus, even with this being the least changed of the books, over 50 pages were affected.
Yet again, due to the digital format change, only the 2020 version is now applicable.
The LSAT Bible Workbooks
Please note that the 2019 LSAT Bible Workbooks are 100% compatible with the new 2020 LSAT Bibles. Only minor changes to the content are occurring in response to the Digital LSAT and you can still use these books in conjunction with the new Bibles.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know by posting below. Thanks!
I have the 2018 Bibles and am using the 4 month self study plan. The self study plan requires the usage of the work books in addition to the bibles. Would using the 2018 bibles and the 2020 workbooks be okay? I am not financially in the position to purchase a newer set of bibles on top of the cost of purchasing the work books.
Dave Killoran says
Hi J, you’ll be just fine doing this 🙂
Trina Mitra says
I have the 2018 version of LSAT logical reasoning. My exam is in 2020. Should I upgrade?
Nourhan Tomoum says
Are we able to access any online questions, exams, or electronic versions of the 2020 bibles to practice digitally to replicate new LSAT format?
I just purchased the 2019 Bibles a couple months ago and really don’t want to have to buy a completely new set. Will I Be okay to continue using the 2019 bibles if I just tune in to some of your webinars/podcasts that discuss the digital version of the 3 sections?
Hi! If I am taking the November LSAT would the 2020 book be better than the 2019 or can I keep using my 2019 books?
Hi! Will a Kindle version of the 2020 Bibles be available soon? I live overseas at the moment, so ordering a physical copy is not very feasible for me.
Dave Killoran says
Once we release the paper versions, we then turn to the Kindle versions. So, I don’t have an exact date, but we are working on that already!