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2021-2022 LSAT Recap

  • by Lisa Bartle
  • Nov 18, 2021
  • LSAT Recap, November LSAT

That’s a wrap (mostly) on the November 2021 LSAT! For those of you who tested this past weekend, congratulations on your run through the gauntlet. It is a major accomplishment to get an official test completed. How was it for you? 

If you’re still thinking about organizing pillars, indigenous sovereignty, Whig history, or Marie Antoinette, the comment section is the place to let us know your two cents on the November exam. And yet, just as a reminder, nothing too specific. We are free to discuss how difficult certain parts of the test were, how your proctor and the quality of your online testing fared, and what were the topics of passages, games, and LR questions. We cannot discuss the answers to the LSAT questions or how to get them—that’s a big LSAC no-no. 

Back to the November LSAT. In all, it went relatively smoothly. But in an age of remote testing and outsourced proctors, that’s not to say it was without incident. 

We heard reports of pop-ups that blocked text and continued to reappear for entire sections, especially for testers using Google Chrome. Some testers experienced significant delays prior to testing or at the end of the break going through identification and room checks. Affected students were allowed to retest on November 23. 

The November LSAT had a healthy mix of the expected with the unexpected. Some slightly unusual Logic Game setups? Sure. Tough-to-wade-through passages? Definitely. Early-in-the-mix Logical Reasoning questions that were time suckers? Yup, that too. 

This test administration was tough, but hello! You’ve been studying for the LSAT with blood, sweat, and tears. It IS a tough exam. Period. By most accounts, this was a fairly “typical” LSAT (aka cue small celebratory dance when you can easily identify the game setup, followed by a whiplash bang-your-head against the wall Parallel question), so you should expect your score to be fairly consistent with recent practice LSAT exam scores.

Since the return of the experimental section in August, each LSAT administration rotates scored and experimental sections. LSAC does this for test security and it’s a normal part of testing. You can take the LSAT the same day as someone else and have very different testing experiences. So, in no particular order, here’s what some students experienced on the November LSAT.

The Logical Reason sections (real and experimental) on the November test seemed on par with what we’ve been seeing, especially since the advent of the digital exam back in 2019. Implication family questions (especially Must Be True) and Operation family questions were showing up right out of the gate, but not in unusually high numbers. A lot of Flaw, Necessary, and Strengthen questions; not too many Describe questions. Testing your knowledge of diamonds, fertile goats, and Marie Antoinette was all fair game this exam.

Most reports about the Logic Games section do not suggest it was especially difficult, but the order in which you attempted the games may have made a difference in your overall pacing plan. The luxury apartments game seemed to inspire the most grumbling. The pillars game might have seemed weird at first, but had useful deductions and an opportunity to make scenarios.

Reading Comprehension had your usual suspects for topics. Whether you were reading about Native American sovereignty, Whig history, theater in Scotland and South Africa, or copyright/trademark law, keeping your head down and identifying how many points of view were present, and tracking how those different viewpoints broke down on the issues were the keys to the kingdom. Also, for anyone still wondering, LSAC has confirmed multiple times now that use of CTRL-F is permitted while taking the LSAT—a handy tool when reading about virtually any topic.

Overall, there wasn’t anything particularly new on the November LSAT, but that didn’t make it any less difficult for many test takers. If you were among those who felt great about it, take a well-deserved victory lap. 

Thinking about canceling? You have six calendar days to decide. If you are a first-time test taker, use Score Preview—it is an incredibly useful tool. Canceling and retaking the LSAT is a huge decision, but we’re here to help you prep for an LSAT retake if you choose that route.

In any event, congratulations on making it through the November LSAT! You all deserve to have a little fun. Binge-watch a season of The Wire, start baking those pumpkin pies, or, my personal favorite, take a glorious afternoon nap.

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