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LSAC Adds Abstract Reasoning (Math) Section to the LSAT

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. The LSAT is undergoing its first really major change since 1991. LSAC just announced that starting on the June LSAT, it’ll be adding an Abstract Reasoning section to the test.

Also known as math.

This sucks. We know. A lot of people will be complaining that math has nothing to do with law school (but some would say the same thing about logic games). LSAC adding math to the LSAT actually isn’t the most terrible thing in the world; after all, you already have a head start, since you studied math for a good twelve or so years of your life. With LSAT Logic Games you were starting from square one.

Everything you learned (and forgot) in those high school math classes will come in handy, because LSAC has assured that nothing will be at the college level. The questions will mostly consist of algebra and geometry, with some calculus thrown in as well. You probably couldn’t recite the quadratic formula to save your life right now, but when you start studying it’ll all come back to you. We at Blueprint LSAT Prep will start incorporating Abstract Reasoning into the lessons to catch everyone up. As for the calculus, if you never took it in the first place, it might be worth sacrificing a couple questions to guessing so that you can continue to spend the bulk of your time on Logical Reasoning, Reading Comp, and Logic Games, which will still take up a majority of the test. The whole test will now have six sections (two LR, RC, Logic Games, Abstract Reasoning, experimental), so you’ll have to up the stamina a bit, too.

LSAC will be releasing a faux LSAT prep test with the new Abstract Reasoning section within a couple weeks so you’ll be able to get more of an exact sense of what’s going to be tested. Until then, just take a deep breath, and get back to studying.

UPDATE: Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone.