Predicting the October LSAT

June 13, 2013
Stuart Kovinsky

1388426_untitledIf you could pick one advantage to lord over your LSAT competitors, what would it be? Formal logic-seeking heat vision? The ability to roadmap complicated passages in a single bound? Logic games-defying sketching powers? Better fashion sense? (If you picked that last one, you may be in the wrong place!) For me, it would be prescience – peeking ahead in time to see what’s going to be on the next exam.

This week over 300 law school hopefuls got just such a glimpse into the future.

I had the pleasure of working on “The 180 – Live”, our monthly legal talk show, and was extremely impressed by the amount of participation every single attendee was putting into the event.  The enthusiastic crowd was both informed and entertained by our panel of LSAT experts and (always charismatic) host, Jay Thomas. Between the panel and those of us answering questions behind the scenes, there was over 100 years of LSAT expertise online, all focused on one goal – predicting the October 2013 LSAT.  That’s about as close to a Justice League of the LSAT as you are likely to find!

Remember, predictability is what makes the LSAT such a phenomenal test to prep for; even if it may look overwhelming at first, future LSATs are modelled on past exams, so if you have some of the best LSAT minds pouring over recent exams looking for trends, you get the benefits of all that knowledge, and will be able to anticipate what the once and future LSATs will hold. Fortunately for you, my beloved readers, Kaplan has done all that work for you!

You can (and should, if you’re serious about the LSAT!) watch the entire episode online, but here are our big predictions for this October:

Logical Reasoning  It’s a sure bet that about 1/2 of the points will come from the assumption family of questions – assumption, strengthen, weaken and flaw. It’s a pretty good bet that you’ll see quite a few principle questions, as that Q-type continues its meteoric rise to the top of the charts. Less certain, but definitely possible, is seeing 5 paradox questions scattered between the two scored LR sections.

Hot news in LR: The key concept of necessity vs sufficiency will be tested in multiple ways – so watch out for it!

Reading Comprehension  There’s no doubt that you’ll see 1 comparative reading pair of passages and 3 longer ones. There’s a very good chance that the first passage will be the easiest, but that the next three won’t appear in order of difficulty. It’s also a pretty safe bet that the questions will be split 6, 6, 7 and 8 among the 4 passages (in no particular order).

What’s fresh in RC: more questions that rely on the LR skill set, especially in comparative reading.

Logic Games  There will be a strict sequencing game. Be prepared for a rule substitution question – there’s been 1 on almost every LSAT for the last 3 years. Some prognosticators are seeing a selection game in October – far from a sure thing, but one is due, so be prepared for it.

Best bets in LG: 1 or more games that can be set up with limited options – dual sketches that represent a big 2-way split in a game.

What’s our overall prediction for the question breakdown? 101 Qs total, with 51 points in LR, 27 in RC and 23 in LG.

If you’re like a staggering 96% of the attendees and are planning on taking the LSAT this October, then now is the perfect time to start studying! Put yourself in a great position to apply for fall 2014 and get ahead of your competition.

Stuart Kovinsky

Stuart Kovinsky I'm Stuart Kovinsky, an out-of-the-closet LSAT geek from Toronto. I've been teaching for Kaplan for over 20 years (not counting a 5 year break to practice as a commercial litigator at a big Toronto firm) and, working both as a teacher and an admissions consultant, have coached a lot of students to their top choice schools. I'm also an ultimate frisbee enthusiast - when not in the classroom or behind the keyboard you'll often find me on the field.

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