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October Post-LSAT Reactions

Welcome back to another episode of “what happened with the LSAT this month?” brought to you by Blueprint Prep. The October test is over, and our recap is just beginning. Before we dive into the details, we want to congratulate those of you who took the test this weekend. We hope you’re making the most of your well-deserved downtime! Whether this was your first test or your fourth, you accomplished a huge feat, and you’ve earned a reward (or a “treat,” in the spirit of Halloween). 

This stretch of the year is kind of like festival season, except instead of music festivals there’s just an LSAT administration every four weeks. August kicked off the test-a-thon with a relatively mild test, and September carried on its legacy. But October, the official month of ghouls, goblins, and nightmares, brought a little chaos. More students complained about the proctoring experience this weekend than they have in recent months—specifically, since the disastrous April exam. Luckily, LSAC reserves a “retake day” for students whose tests are disrupted. Remember, if you experience any issues during your test, you should contact LSAC immediately for assistance.

What’s Up with Reading Comp?

One thing that the October test did have in common with the August and September tests was a difficult Reading Comprehension section. Yep, for the third month in a row, Reading Comp wins the “students’ most hated section” award (which doesn’t really exist, but it could). 

If you’re planning on taking the test anytime soon, we at Blueprint Prep strongly recommend checking out our series of blogs on how to approach brutally hard Reading Comp passages–here’s one on art passages, one on science passages, and another on law passages.

Logic Games: A Brief History

A brief and unsolicited LSAT history lesson: in the mid 2010s, unusual logic games (including Neither games) began to appear on the test increasingly frequently. Many feared that the section was becoming harder over time. However, that trend appears to be changing. Instead of creating harder games, the test makers (ah, the mysterious test makers) seem to have turned their malevolent focus toward Reading Comprehension instead. 

Logic Games fell somewhere in the middle—some students struggled with this section, but most did not have strong feelings about it. Reports described predictable, common game types: tiered ordering, grouping, etc. And Logical Reasoning wins the (also nonexistent) award for “students’ least hated section.” Very few students complained about this section! Well, on the October test, at least. 

What’s Next? 

There’s one more test to go in the fall season, and it’s just over three weeks away (yep, that soon). After November, the next test is in the new year! Which is good news—we’re all due for a break. If you’re planning to take or are considering taking any of these future tests, Blueprint Prep is here to help. We’ve got resources to guide you through everything you’ll see on test day. And if you’re done after the October test, it’s time to check out our posts on crafting the perfect law school application!