December 2017 LSAT Recap
The final LSAT is over for 2017! In this post, we’ll cover a brief recap of the December 2017 LSAT, based on feedback from our students.
December 2017 LSAT Recap
The overall impression of the December 2017 LSAT was that it followed in the footsteps of the other tests from this year. The difficulty of the test as a whole seemed very much in line with the released June and September 2017 tests (PrepTests 81 and 82. Students who used those tests for their prep thought the difficulty was about the same. As we’ve written before, using the most recent LSATs to guide your prep is the best way to make sure you are ready for test day. It’s impossible to tell how difficult the December 2017 LSAT was until results come out. However, when we hear responses of “it was about what I expected,” it’s pretty safe to assume the difficulty did not fluctuate greatly.
There weren’t any huge curveballs thrown on the Logic Games. It’s hard to get an accurate report on the games, since students often forget rules or conflate multiple games. However, it sounds like the games were fairly standard in terms of their setups. The wrinkles seemed to come from the rules, which might have caused some problems for those who did not pick out inferences right away.
The game that caused the most stir seems to be one about a train and open/closed stations. It might have been a linear game, but until it is published, it’s difficult to tell exactly what game type it was. I’ve seen suggestions online that it might hark back to the Light Switch game from October 2005. We’ll just have to wait and see once results are out and the PrepTest is available for purchase!
It’s really very difficult to judge a Logic Reasoning section until the test is published. There is no central theme for these sections. Therefore, it’s hard to get an accurate representation of the difficulty of the questions. Generally, the few that stand out to takers are the more difficult ones. Discarding these, it sounds like the Logical Reasoning section was fairly straightforward, with a normal amount of easier/trickier/difficult problems. I haven’t heard any complaints over the question type distribution, so that seemed to stay steady as well.
Reading Comprehension’s difficulty seems to have gone up throughout 2017. This test did not stray from that trend. On an interesting note, it seems that the Comparative Reading selection was again on the law (which I think is a good thing; if you hate reading a passage about law on the LSAT, you should probably reconsider going to law school). PrepTests 80, 81 and 82 also had Comparative Reading sections focused on a law theme. This might be something to keep an eye on moving forward; it seems more than coincidence that this occurred on 4 straight LSATs (leaving out the non-disclosed test from February 2017).
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