The Importance Of Using The Most Recent LSAT Preptests As The LSAT Approaches

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.

Work from oldest to newest so you are doing the most recent preptest right before the test. The most recent LSAT preptest currently available is Official LSAT PrepTest 86.

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.

LIST OF EVERY PUBLISHED LSAT PREPTEST:

LSAT PrepTestDateLink
PrepTest 1June 1991PT 1
PrepTest 2October 1991LSAT TriplePrep Volume 1 / PT 2
PrepTest 3December 1991LSAT TriplePrep Volume 2 / PT 3
PrepTest 4February 1992LSAT TriplePrep Volume 1 / PT 4
PrepTest 5June 1992LSAT TriplePrep Volume 1 / PT 5
PrepTest 6October 1992LSAT TriplePrep Volume 2 / PT 6
PrepTest 7February 1993LSAT TriplePrep Volume 2 / 10 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 8June 1993LSAT TriplePrep Volume 3 / PT 8
PrepTest 9October 199310 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 10February 199410 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 11June 199410 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 12October 199410 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 13December 199410 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 14February 199510 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 15June 199510 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 16September 199510 Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 17December 1995PT 17
PrepTest 18December 199210 Actual, Official PrepTests
SuperPrep Test AFebruary 1996The Official LSAT SuperPrep
PrepTest 19June 199610 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 20October 199610 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 21December 199610 More Actual, Official PrepTests
Feb 97 PreptestFebruary 1997The Official LSAT Prep Test with Explanations
PrepTest 22June 199710 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 23October 199710 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 24December 199710 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 25June 199810 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 26September 199810 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 27December 199810 More Actual, Official PrepTests
SuperPrep Test BFebruary 1999The Official LSAT SuperPrep
PrepTest 28June 199910 More Actual, Official PrepTests
PrepTest 29October 1999Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 30December 1999Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
SuperPrep Test CFebruary 2000The Official LSAT SuperPrep
PrepTest 31June 2000Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 32October 2000Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 33December 2000Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 34June 2001Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 35October 2001Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 36December 2001Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 37June 2002Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 38October 2002Next 10 Actual, Official Preptests
PrepTest 39December 2002PT 39
PrepTest 40June 2003PT 40
PrepTest 41October 2003PT 41 / Preptests 41-50
PrepTest 42December 200310 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 43June 200410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 44October 200410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 45December 200410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 46June 200510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 47October 200510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 48December 200510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 49June 200610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest 50October 200610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
Preptest 51December 200610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests 42-51
PrepTest June 07June 2007FREE Here
PrepTest 52October 200710 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 53December 200710 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 54June 200810 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 55October 200810 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 56December 200810 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 57June 200910 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 58October 200910 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 59December 200910 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 60June 201010 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 61October 201010 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
PrepTest 62December 2010PT 62 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 63June 2011PT 63 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 64October 2011PT 64 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 65December 2011PT 65 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 66June 2012PT 66 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 67October 2012PT 67 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 68December 2012PT 68 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 69June 2013PT 69 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 70October 2013PT 70 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 71December 2013PT 71 | 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V
PrepTest 72June 201410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 72
PrepTest 73September 201410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 73
PrepTest 74December 201410 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 74
PrepTest C22015 UndisclosedPT C2
PrepTest 75June 201510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 75
PrepTest 76October 201510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 76
PrepTest 77December 201510 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 77
PrepTest 78June 201610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 78
PrepTest 79September 201610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 79
PrepTest 80December 201610 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 80
PrepTest 81June 201710 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI / PT 81
PrepTest 82September 2017PT 82
PrepTest 83December 2017PT 83
PrepTest 84June 2018PT 84
PrepTest 85September 2018PT 85
PrepTest 86November 2018PT 86

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10 Comments

  1. Jessica Thompson on

    Hi,

    I am planning on taking the LSAT in February, so I am getting together materials to begin studying in the next couple of weeks. I saw your link for the best books to help study for the LSAT, but when it comes to practice tests I am confused. I tried reading some of the comments above and got a little overwhelmed, so my questions are: How many pretests do I need to purchase, and which ones would be best for me to buy? I don’t mind purchasing the materials, as long as I know exactly what I am going to need. If nothing else I would like to at least have a good idea that what I am purchasing is the right thing. Help please??

  2. oronosumma2018 on

    Dear Lawschooli.com,

    I managed a 162 on the February LSAT, and I’m retaking it in June. Having already taken every “10 Actual” exam, all three “SuperPreps,” PT 17, and PTs 62-71, 41-46, and 49-51, I’ve nearly exhausted my set of “fresh” prep resources. Unfortunately, although I took many of the non-“10 Actual” tests mentioned above *after* the February administration, I took 62-71 before.

    On the SuperPreps and on the PrepTests in the 40s and early 50s, my median LR score quickly—and I literally mean five days after the exam—went from 43/44 to 47/48. (I suppose the frenzied rush to improve in the week leading up should’ve been two weeks.) So now my LSAT range seems to be 166-168-172. Indeed, yesterday, after a month-long hiatus, I took PrepTest 46 on the toilet around 4:30 PM and scored 169 (with a 17/22 LG).

    My question is: Does a 169 on the June ’05 administration translate into a 169 today?… Although I’m not one to buy into “difficulty trends” that bloggers on top-law-schools.com and other sites play up, tests in the 40s really are distinctive: It’s the era of easier Logic Games, harder Reading Comprehension, and brutal curves. And I’m barely better than average at LG… So now that Logic Games have “made a comeback,” do you think my 169 is legit? http://blueprintprep.com/lsatblog/lsat-analysis/logic-games-on-the-lsat-dont-call-it-a-comeback/

    Sincerely,
    Cory

    • Yes, differences among the tests over time tend to be exaggerated in my opinion though yeah, for a while there they really were making the games too easy and getting too much difficulty “punch” out of the RC. Still, the test is specifically designed so that a 169 on one administration is as difficult to achieve as a 169 on another, and LSAC is very good at what they do. While test 20 years apart exhibit some drift, an ’05 test still gives you a reasonably accurate idea of where you might score. Just remember however, that the confidence interval for the LSAT is always pretty broad. Swings up and down of 3 or more points are common. That better you get, the more tightly clustered your scores tend to be, so keep practicing.

      • oronosumma2018 on

        Thank you! My self-esteem needed the boost haha! I took the exam because I flubbed a very easy SAT Math section that morning.

        Anyway, yeah, I must admit: my two best scores—172 and 171—were PT 17 and SuperPrep B (both of which were in the 90’s), respectively. But I wager a 13-15/23 LG, 25/27 RC, and 47/51 LR—in combination with a recent curve—will yield roughly the same score. My raw score goal is 85+, then.

        I’ll take the few fresh tests that remain, but I’ve mastered 75% of the exam. (I finished the second LR section of PT 46 in 29:10 for a 25/26.) And that’s all I *can* master… The ability to reach the high-end of AR, in contrast to the other two sections, is entirely a function of natural aptitude. I ain’t got enough of that… At this point, all I can do is pray that”the little things” go my way in June—that I’m handed a test form with an unremarkable RC, three unremarkable LG’s, and a curve-loosening LR that I’ll nonetheless slay (like I did on SuperPrep B). Keep your fingers crossed. 😉

  3. Should I use a proctor dvd when doing practice tests? It seems like a good idea but I don’t know if having headphones in my ear while taking practice tests will be detrimental to preparing for the real test but it seems like the same noises I would hear on test day are the noises I would hearing from the dvd so it can be potentially helpful. Let me know what you think.

    • I think it’s a fine idea. Josh and I are both big fans of trying to do whatever you can to simulate actual testing conditions. It’s important to make the effort because even if the simulation isn’t 100% accurate, it helps you practice getting into the right frame of mind.

    • It’s on are list already. We always recommend it whenever anyone is running low on practice material. Clicking on the first 10 PTs takes you to that book!

  4. Josh and Evan,

    If I were targeting a solid 170+ (or highest possible score, really), how many full, simulated practice tests do you think would be necessary?

    As I being to prepare for the December LSAT I wanted to ration out how many tests i can use for initial untimed and timed practice sections. As of now I plan to set aside at least 20 of the most recent practice test just for the final month of simulated prep.

    Thanks!

    • Joshua Craven and Evan Jones on

      Twenty might be on the high side for full simulated preptests in the last month. Do 2-3 full simulated tests a week (with review) for you last month. The rest of the time you are doing timed sections taken from recent tests but with breaks in between sections. With these, you also do super careful review BEFORE you look at the answers (do the review after each section). We have a post on how to review prep questions so look for that. I’d link it but my internet is going super slow right now (I’m in China and can’t find a decent connection ANYWHERE!!!).

      -Evan

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