Take the LSAT in June or August 2024?

In August of 2024, the content of the LSAT is going to change.

Through June, there will be 3 types of questions:  Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Reasoning.

Beginning in August of 2024, the Analytical Reasoning section (the logic games) are going away, so there will only be two types of questions.

There will still be 3 scored sections, one Reading Comprehension section and two Logical Reasoning sections.

This means that you should think about when you are going to take the test, because this will affect how you study.  You need to make sure you are preparing the right way for the questions you will see.

So should you take the LSAT before or after this change? 

The best way to figure this out is to take at least one timed practice LSAT with all 3 types of questions, see how you do on each section, and then think about your overall study strategy.

Are you someone who loves the logic games?  Or do you hate them?

But here is something else to think about:  the section that most people can IMPROVE the most on is the logic games.  You can learn how to do these kinds of questions with practice.  So doing the logic games might provide you the opportunity to noticeably increase your score.

For most people, it is much harder to improve their scores on the Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning sections.

On your practice test, if you scored pretty well on the Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning sections, but low on the logic games, do not just quickly decide to take the August test with no logic games. This might not be the best choice for you.

Think about all three sections and decide when to take the test not just based on what you are good at, but also what you think you can improve the most on with your studying and practice.

But do not overthink this!

Ultimately, what will determine your score is how much time and discipline you have to study.  Can you be better prepared for June or August?  Which test date works best for your study plans?

This change does have ramifications if you need to take the test more than once. 

For example, if you take the LSAT in June and you are not happy with your score and want to take it again, this is going to suck because the content will be different.

Do NOT assume that you will not have to study because the logic games will be gone.

Do NOT assume you will score better because the logic games are gone.

The elimination of the logic games may help you – or it may hurt you.

Taking the LSAT in June and taking it again in August or later means you will be taking two different tests, so you will have to study – and change the way you study.

 

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