The LSAT recently went digital and may be significantly changing once again. LSAT Logic Games—or the Analytical Reasoning section, as it’s formally called—may be completely eliminated or drastically altered in the next four years. Here’s what you need to know.
WHY ARE THE LSAT LOGIC GAMES CHANGING?
The potential changes are the result of a lawsuit filed by Angelo Binno and Shelesha Taylor in Michigan federal court against the LSAC, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Binno and Taylor are both legally blind, and Binno requested that the Analytical Reasoning section be waived for his LSAT administration, which the LSAC denied. Most students solve LSAT logic games by drawing diagrams, something Binno argued he was unable to do, putting him at a disadvantage. While LSAC did approve several accommodations for Binno, it stopped short at waiving the Analytical Reasoning section altogether.
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The parties reached an agreement in October 2019, with LSAC announcing that it was going to research and develop alternative ways to assess analytical reasoning skills over the next four years, resulting in a new Analytical Reasoning section. Here’s what the LSAC said to Kaplan: “Should there be any significant changes to format, extensive research and development, followed by several stages of pilot testing and data analysis would be required to ensure the continued validity, reliability, and fairness of the test. Therefore, it is too early in the process to speculate on how the test will evolve as a result of our ongoing research.”
Though logic games may be completely eliminated or significantly altered, it’s too early to tell exactly what the changes will look like. We’ll keep you updated when any major developments or changes are announced.
HOW WILL THE LSAT LOGIC GAMES UPDATES AFFECT ME?
If you are planning on taking the LSAT before 2023, you’re likely to be unaffected by these announced changes. The current format of the Analytical Reasoning section likely won’t be changing before then, so you’ll still have to tackle LSAT Logic Games in their current format. If the LSAC completes its review and announces changes sooner, we’ll keep you in the loop.
To study for the Analytical Reasoning section, check out Kaplan’s LSAT Logic Games Complete Prep, which gives you practice with every logic game ever released with expert guidance to hone your deductive reasoning skills.
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