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Preparation Tips for the New LSAT in August 2024

Many of you may be excited that the Logic Games section is finally going away, beginning in August. The Logic Games section will then be replaced with a second Logical Reasoning section, meaning the entire graded portion of the exam will include 2 Logical Reasoning sections and one Reading Comprehension section. There will still be an ungraded experimental section as well.

In some ways, the elimination of the Logic Games section is advantageous because it means you can focus on two section types instead of three. The same principles I discuss in terms of focusing on one section at a time still apply. Here are some general tips for how to prep.

Tip #1: Focus on Logical Reasoning first, then Reading Comprehension

Focusing on Logical Reasoning first is advantageous for many reasons. First, it allows you to learn how to read passages on the LSAT, which carries over to Reading Comprehension. Many people think these two sections are completely different from each other, but that is not the case. In fact, many of my students inadvertently experienced an improvement on their Reading Comprehension scores after going through the Logical Reasoning curriculum.

Another reason why Logical Reasoning is a good section to start with is that the passages are shorter, meaning it is easier to determine the mistakes you made. Most of the time, questions are missed because something was missed in the passage. If the passage is shorter, you will have an easier time figuring out what you missed. As a result, it is generally easier to learn from your mistakes, making it easier to improve.

The final reason is that Logical Reasoning will now comprise roughly 2/3 of your overall score, which is very significant. It makes sense to focus on the section that will have the highest impact on your score in the shortest period of time.

Tip #2: Take advantage of LSAC resources

The LSAC is the creator of the LSAT, so the resources they provide can be quite helpful. Keep in mind that the LSAC is planning on rolling out study tools for the new LSAT format in February. Be sure to take advantage of this.

Tip #3: Create your own simulated tests

Many prep companies are in the process of setting up ways to take full practice tests in the new LSAT format. But the new exam will not be much different in terms of the format for the older, four section practice tests prior to the LSAT Flex. These practice tests already contain 2 Logical Reasoning and 1 Reading Comprehension section. You can simply do these tests and then substitute the Logic Games section for another Logical Reasoning/Reading Comprehension section to simulate the experimental.

I know a lot of you may feel panicked and anxious about this upcoming change, but just remember that the LSAT is still testing the same skills that it always had in the past. The same principles I have been discussing in my blog posts and in my book on how to study still hold true. Focus on drilling one question type at a time instead of just taking a bunch of sections. Focus on accuracy over speed. I will also be writing about how to improve in Logical Reasoning in the near future, so stay tuned!

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