« on: September 05, 2005, 11:33:32 PM »
I had only done up to tests 37 but I have been hearing a lot about how different the newest LSATs were to tests from even a few years ago, so I decided to take the most recent one right now (timed) to see how I should focus my studying for the last four weeks. Here are my observations:
I got my best score yet (171).
I didn't think the reading comp is significantly more difficult to past tests. If anything, it was easier. There was not a passage with a densely scientific subject with ridiculous science terminology. The passages were fairly easy to understand. The questions were similarly straight-forward for the most part. I got 26/26 right. I usually miss one or two. I'm an English major so this section will always be my best.
I found that the arguments sections was definitely more difficult (though not by much) as compared to prior tests I've taken. I only got 19/25 on the first section, but I got 25/26 in the second section (I am surprised I did this well on the second section). You can tell that some of the questions are thought out extrememtly well and you have to be on your toes. I caught myself thinking a couple of times, "Damn, I can't believe I figured that one out." I was cutting it very close with time on both sections.
I thought the games section was like a Christmas present. The first game was one of the easiest I've ever encountered, the second was as simple. There were so few rules and variables to juggle that I found myself doing many of the questions in my head after the first couple. The third game was another gimme. I went through the first 3 games with 14 and a half minutes left for the fourth, and most difficult game. But having almost double the standard game time for this was all I needed to put the work and thought in to crack it (I got 5/6 on the last game and 21/22 total). This is coming from a person who found it impossible to get over 12 correct in a games section prior to having found the LGB.
Going on this limited and subjective evidence, I'd say arguments are the definite focus of the test these days, given a difficulty level in accordance with their proportion to your overall test score.
Hope this helps someone out.