Congratulations, February test takers. You did it! For those of you who have already laid this test to rest, it’s time to move onto other things … shoveling the drive, reading John Lewis’ Walking with the Wind, recommitting yourself to that Peloton sitting in the corner gathering dust. But, if you’re not quite ready to hit the Delete button on your LSAT Study Guide or you just want to commiserate with some friendly folk, we’re here for you.
On balance, it sounds like the February LSAT was about as difficult as the January exam, which was about on par with the October and August 2021 exams. Yep, most of the four section LSATs we’ve seen over the past six months (since the return of the experimental section) have been fairly even in the ups and downs thrown at you lucky test takers. A few more technical difficulties in the fall, but most of those challenges seem to have been handled at this point.
A rough consensus seems to be that Logical Reasoning was hitting hard and heavy this month, with not-overly-difficult Logic Games or Reading Comprehension sections. Notice the qualifier “not overly,” meaning the LG and RC sections still were plenty difficult, just pretty much what you’d expect of LSAT test writers. Then there was Logical Reasoning. LR can throw a huge variety of topics at you – lemurs, orbiting Mars, city council candidates, orcas, and pay-what-you-want books – it’s normally not the subject matter that makes the section difficult, but the questions being asked about the stimulus. For the February LSAT, determining what the LR questions were driving at was one of the biggest challenges. As you become more adept at LSAT test-taking, being flexible with the wording of LR question stems is advantageous. There really are only a handful of concepts being tested in Logical Reasoning. The more concretely you get to the core of the task at hand, the more prepared you’ll be for navigating through the respective answer choices.
Now it’s time to sit back and wait for Thursday, March 3rd, when LSAT scores will be released. And remember, if you haven’t yet completed your writing sample, that MUST be completed before you will see your LSAT score.
One final note, no matter your feelings on how the February LSAT went, remember that nearly every law school will simply use your highest LSAT when constructing your academic index, or whatever secret formula it uses to assess you as a potential 1L. Although law schools will see every score you got on the LSAT in the last five years, the vast majority of them won’t hold multiple LSAT scores against you. For most test takers, our recommendation is don’t cancel. Choose to receive your score (definitely invest in Score Preview if it’s your first attempt), just on the chance that you’ll be happy enough with the score that you don’t have to study for the next exam. Now, please, close this post, walk away from your computer/tablet/smartphone for a little bit, and celebrate your accomplishment.
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