And do people usually have more trouble with the experimental section b/c it includes unfamiliar concepts?
ALSO: I have one more question, but I didn't want to make a new thread for it. What are the most relevant series of real lsat tests (for example: over or under a certain test #)? I ask b/c I've heard some are outdated.
Peoples experience with the difficulty level of experimental sections they get varies. Sometimes experimental sections are more difficult overall than typical scored sections of the same type while others are easier, and some just feel weird or different in the balance or in some other way to people that have taken many of the PrepTests for practice.
The psychometrics and processes used to develop, pre-test and rate the difficulty of individual questions and sections to assemble unique test forms that measure the same skill set consistently are very complex.
Since it is a standardized test, NO, they do not test you on unfamiliar or new concepts in experimental sections. The LSAT does and has been testing the same core set of acquired
(yes, that means you can learn to do this stuff better with education and practice) logic, reading, comprehension, reasoning, and analysis skills in pretty much the same ways since 1991.
The writing style has slowly and subtly changed over the years as has the difficulty balance between sections and the score conversion charts, but the LSAT is still testing the same stuff as it was in 1991.
One notable difference to keep in mind when practicing with older Preptests is that during the '90s numerous really unique off the wall logic games popped up including some super hard ones and some LG sections that were just plain brutal or that contained a one of a kind 'odd-ball' game. That phase seems to have fizzled out pretty much. The LG sections of the tests administered in the last several years (6-9+ years) have been extremely consistent with the same regular game types and patterns.
- All the available preptests are useful and good for preparation and practice.
- If you get the older ones and take some of them as full timed tests do not rely on your scaled score result as an indication of how you would score on an LSAT administration now. Use the older tests to learn the concepts and practice with, not as score predictor indicators.
- If you cannot or are not going to get and work all the available previously administered tests, definitely get the more recent ones leading up to the most currently released test.
- However many you get for prep and practice, save several of the most recently administered tests (say 2006-2009) in full test form (do not look at ANY of the questions ahead of time) to use as full timed practice tests in the final weeks before you take it for real. Those will be the best gauge of your probable scoring range leading up to test day.