April LSAT 2024 Predictions

• Reviewed by: Matt Riley
• It’s hard to believe it’s already April, but with that comes another LSAT just around the corner!  And it’s not just any LSAT, but one of the last two exams with a Logic Games Section. As we do for every LSAT date, we’ve peered into the future to see what’s in store for you on the 2024 April LSAT.

What Will Be on the April LSAT?

Logical Reasoning

While there are many different types and variants of questions, your upcoming Logical Reasoning Section on the April LSAT is really testing three main skills.

First, you’re expected to make deductions and draw conclusions from the information given.  While the implication family is exclusively testing this skill, it is also useful to think in this inferential way when considering how you can logically combine premises in arguments, which can help you determine what an argument is trying (or failing) to do.

Second, the LSAT tests your ability to analyze arguments, which comes down to identifying what the argument is trying to prove (conclusions) and how they are trying to prove them (premises).

Third, for flaw questions and operation questions, you are expected to not only determine what you can infer by connecting premises and analyzing the argument, but you are also expected to identify flaws logic or gaps between the premises and conclusion.  If you are stuck on a given question, ask yourself what the question is testing and what skills are involved. Then, go from there.

LSAT Question Difficulty

The other thing to take into consideration is the difficulty curve. Generally, it starts with the lowest and low difficulties, ramps up to medium or high, and ends with mostly high or highest-difficulty questions.  On average, question difficulty level can be broken down by:

• 5 Lowest difficulty
• 5 Low difficulty
• 6-7 Medium difficulty
• 5 High difficulty
• 3 Highest difficulty

When tackling Logical Reasoning questions, I would look for questions I could intuitively understand and form anticipations for on the first pass. Leave harder questions until the end of the section. This way, you can make an informed decision of how many skipped questions you want to attempt given how much time you have left.

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You want to avoid spending more than a couple minutes on any one question because they are each only worth one point. Spending four to five minutes on one question is likely costing you more than you think. You could be spending time on other questions. You want to have a sense of urgency on test day. However, you still need to be purposeful and consistent in your approach so you don’t miss the easier questions in the section.

Your overall approach to the Logical Reasoning Section depends on your target LSAT score, how many questions you can accurately and efficiently tackle in a given section, and your performance in the other sections.

The biggest trap you will likely encounter on LSAT test day will be in the Reading Comprehension Section. These passages can be dense, uninteresting, or difficult to understand.  Whether it’s those tricky science passages or abstract philosophical debates, everyone has subjects that they prefer.

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If you do encounter one of those subjects that you dislike in the Reading Comprehension Section, double down on the core elements that every passage will test:

• The relationship and support structure between paragraphs
• The viewpoints being expressed
• Where the author stands on those issues

The rest of the details are tangential to most questions. If you’re stuck or overwhelmed on a passage, describe what the author is trying to accomplish in a big-picture sense.

Your keys to unlocking dense passages are attitude or heavily tonal language, shift or transition phrases, and attribution language indicating someone else’s opinion is being discussed.

The Reading Comprehension Section also tends to go from easier to harder. However, the difficulty in these sections is a bit more subjective. So, don’t hesitate to do the passages out of order and guess on anything you don’t get to.

You also generally want to tag and annotate a passage for warmup on test day.  Don’t get bogged down by the minutiae and little details when considering the purpose of a paragraph. Focus on topic sentences or thesis statements, as well as the relationship a given paragraph has to the subject, question, or viewpoints presented in the first paragraph.

Logic Games

The upcoming April LSAT is the second-to-last Logic Games Section before the big switch. In August 2024, LSAT is replacing the Logic Games Section with a second scored Logical Reasoning Section.

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If you feel like Logic Games are a relative weakness while Logical Reasoning is a strength, you can always take the test again in August or later. For the April LSAT, this Logic Games Section will be relatively consistent with past sections.

Generally, the first game in a Logic Games Section is relatively straightforward. So, expect a 1:1 ordering game, an in-and-out grouping game, or an easier stable grouping game for this first game.

As with the other sections, the difficulty ramps up as it goes. Try to finish the first two quickly to give yourself more time for the more difficult games in the second half.

You can expect at least one game that adds extra wrinkles to the normal formula. This could mean a second tier or an additional characteristic to incorporate into your setup. In general, but for these games in particular, think about the impact on ordering, grouping, and spacing with this new info, as well as how you’d like to keep incorporating this wrinkle into your setup or on your scratch paper.

Final Thoughts

I know you’ve done the work and you’re probably more prepared than you give yourself credit for. Still, here are a few reminders to reduce test anxiety on the April LSAT test day.

First, this test doesn’t require or demand perfection to achieve a solid score or even a great score! When I took my LSAT, I thought of the hardest questions as “extra credit.” I didn’t want them to bog me down before I felt good about the easier questions. Each question is only worth one point. So, you really want to make sure not to get stuck on any one question.

Second, even if you encounter a particularly difficult section on the April LSAT, tests are scored on a curve. Harder tests have more generous curves, where you can miss more to get a given score. If you’re having trouble with certain questions, odds are most people are as well. Stay calm and find those points where you can.

If you can quickly tackle the lowest-medium difficulty questions, you will set a great foundation for the rest of the test.  You don’t have to be perfect to achieve your goal score, even if it’s a 180 LSAT score

Be flexible in your approach and don’t let the LSAT get you down with tricky or tough language. You can usually extrapolate meaning from structural keywords and context. You could also use the process of elimination to narrow down your choices.

It’s very likely that there will be something on LSAT test day that you don’t 100% understand. What separates elite test-takers is their ability to roll with the punches and take the LSAT on their terms.  Good luck!

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