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November LSAT 2023 Predictions

Feel that chill in the air? November has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: the grand finale of LSATs for 2023 is just around the corner! Are we exaggerating it a tad? Maybe, but the November LSAT has always been pretty special. 

It’s the final LSAT you can take that will give you back your LSAT scores in time to still apply “early” to law school OR help you decide if you might want to/need to retake the LSAT in January. 

But we don’t want to think about retaking the LSAT, so to ensure you’re 100% prepared on test day, here’s what our LSAT crystal ball predicts you will see on the November 2023 LSAT.  

What Will Be on the November LSAT?

Logical Reasoning

I’d go into the Logical Reasoning Section expecting a section relatively similar to what you’ve been seeing in your practice tests. The LSAT hasn’t really changed this section for a while, so the concepts should be familiar to you by now. 

You can expect mostly easy to medium questions until around question 13 where the difficulty will start ramping up, reaching its peak around question 22 in a given section.  With this in mind, you want to make sure you save yourself enough time for those trickier questions later on by finishing those earlier questions more quickly.  

You also should be on high alert for tricks and traps after reaching question 16, as the higher-difficulty questions tend to have more tempting (but ultimately wrong) answer choices.  

The LSAT has fallen in love with disagree and agree questions a bit recently, so while these are relatively infrequent question types overall, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two on test day.  Make sure you analyze each argument independently and zero in on the precise elements that overlap between the arguments.  Remember that you can’t have an agreement or disagreement unless both speakers opine on a given topic, so avoid answers that make assumptions about what either or both speakers would think.

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Reading Comprehension

Like Logical Reasoning, the Reading Comprehension Section ramps up in difficulty as it goes.  That said, the difficulty curve is a bit less steep than we see in Logical Reasoning and the time investment per passage should reflect that. 

If you are aiming to get to all the passages with standard timing, I’d aim for 7:30 – 8:30 minutes on the first two passages and 8 – 9:30 minutes on the last passages. With LSAT timing accommodations, I’d multiply these numbers by the amount of time you have.  

You will get exactly one comparative passage on test day, and three non-comparative passages.  For the comparative passage, you can expect to be heavily tested on the similarities and differences between passages.  These are essentially very long disagree/agree prompts and questions, so treat them the same way. 

If a question is asking about what both speakers think, make sure the answer you choose is within the scope of each passage individually as well as within the scope of the overlap between the two passages.  

Logic Games 

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the countdown clock for the Logic Games Section. The LSAT recently announced that the last LSAT that will include logic games will be June 2024, with August 2024 not containing any logic games at all.  In their place, you’ll get an extra scored logical reasoning section.  

This could mean that the LSAT will throw in some extra twists and wrinkles on the remaining Logic Games sections until then, with a slightly higher chance you see neither games or other unusual games on test day. 

You’ll definitely get at least one ordering game and one grouping game on test day, and likely will run into a combo game as well.  For game 3 or 4 in a given section, be on the lookout for that oddball game. 

If a game does throw an extra twist to the normal formulas on a given game, make sure your setup has space to keep track of whatever the game focuses on, and I would start with those conditional questions with new rules as a way of testing out how the game functions, particularly if there aren’t many deductions to make upfront.  

More generally, logic games tend to test those areas that they focus on with the rules and setup, so if there’s a particularly unusual element, that likely will be the key to unlocking the game.  Bring these elements back to your normal rules and restrictions for grouping and ordering games and you’ll be in great shape to tackle these games.  

Final Thoughts

You’ve likely heard this before, but if your confidence needs an extra boost this week, remember that the LSAT is [supposed to be] a challenging but fair test.  The last thing LSAC wants is a reasonable debate as to which answer is the correct one on a given question, or, even worse, that they have to throw a question out because it was unfair.  Use this to your advantage.  

The LSAT is a risk-averse test that tends to lean in favor of easy-to-defend (and sometimes relatively uninspiring) answer choices while adding objectively wrong or unsupported elements to wrong answers.  

If you’re stuck between a few answer choices on a question, particularly in Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, switch your mindset to what certain answers are doing wrong, instead of choosing what you like best.  If all else fails, you can always skip and come back to questions as well—each question is only worth one point, so it’s rarely worth it to spend a disproportionately long amount of time on any one question. 

Beyond that, take a deep breath, crack your knuckles, and get ready to crush it! You’ve prepped for the LSAT as much as you can. And just think, in a few days, the only thing that will be on your mind is finishing up your law school application AND your holiday wishlist.