The LSAT is just around the corner. Don’t worry, there is still time to make huge improvements. For me, it wasn’t until my last month of LSAT study that logic games really clicked.
I wanted to check in and make sure everyone has there remaining prep scheduled correctly in at least one important regard: Most of the timed preptests you do from here on out should be the most recent preptests.
WHY IS DOING RECENT LSAT PREPTESTS IMPORTANT?
Recent LSAT preptests most accurately reflect what you are going to see on the actual test, and using more recent preptests for simulated practice LSATs also gives you the best idea of what you are going to actually score. Old tests are incredibly valuable practice. The LSAT does not change much over time. However, new features do pop up. The comparative reading passage of the RC section has only been around about 5 years. I was one of the first to take it, and I think it through me for a loop (RC was the only section where I got any wrong). You have the benefit of being able to take over 10 recent LSAT preptests that have the comparative reading passage for practice.
While LSAC swears that the comparative reading passage isn’t harder per-se, it is different, so practice it to avoid being thrown off. Aside from that, there are lots of more subtle changes to the LSAT that have occurred over the years. For example, newer tests have fewer and fewer questions that really on straight conditional reasoning (they almost always throw extra elements in now).
Preptest 86 was recently released. Because it’s the most recent, it’s the one you should be doing two days before the LSAT. Work back from there and schedule in when you will be doing the other most recent preptests.
Unfortunately, these recent preptests aren’t available in compilation form yet. LSAC likes to get extra money out of you by only selling them individually. Also unfortunately, you more or less have to just pay up because they are necessary. At least get them on Amazon where the tests and the shipping are cheaper than on LSAC’s site. Don’t bother buying preptest 81 or older individually even if you find them for individual sale somewhere – they are available more cheaply in the ‘Actual, Official’ compilations.
For your convenience we have every published preptest listed below along with links to find it. As a reminder, by the last month of your LSAT prep most of your prep should consist of doing timed individual LSAT sections and full, simulated preptests and then reviewing them properly. Review our prep schedule for full details.