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The Morning Cometh: February 2012 LSAT Aftermath

  • by Matt Shinners
  • Feb 12, 2012
  • Analysis of Previous LSATs, LSAT

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Like the Nightman, the morning after the LSAT cometh.

The February LSAT is weird in a number of ways. First, it’s in a twilight period – very late for people applying to start in the fall; very early for those applying to start in 2013. There are significantly fewer people taking this exam than any other during the year. And finally, it’s undisclosed – those of you who sat for it will never get to see which questions you got right and wrong.

Most of what I heard said that, while not particularly difficult, this was a weird test.

The first thing that stands out is the bucking of the recent trend towards difficult RC. Most students with whom I talked thought that it was fairly straightforward, without really any difficult passages (including this one, for those of you who didn’t take the test but want to read one).

To get logical reasoning out of the way, there were a few hard questions, but overall it was in line with what students expected.

Logic games, however, seriously tripped people up. Most tests tend to follow the two hard/two difficult pattern. Yesterday’s exam, however, seemed to consist of four difficult and time-consuming games. Many students who usually end up perfect on the games didn’t finish, or they weren’t sure of their answers.

Overall, it seems that the difficulty was average. While the games were harder, it was made up for by the easy RC. This seems to be a slight deviation from the standardized difficulty we were starting to see on the last few exams (with a few hard questions sticking out, but no one section being a ‘killer’); again, the February LSAT is weird.

Either way, it’s been 24 hours since the February LSAT. Your heart rate is just now probably getting back to “normal.” Don’t make any decisions yet about cancelling (should you be weighing that option). Check in on the blog in the following days for advice on what to do now.

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