Episode 35: June 2015 LSAT Anomalies, Proctor Mistakes and Difficulty Level

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the June 2015 LSAT and answer a listener’s question about when and how he should study for the LSAT. Here’s a look at the topics we cover:

  • June 2015 LSAT anomolies and test center mistakes, including proctors forgetting to give 5-minute warnings and one that gave the warning too soon; a test that started one hour late because students were still registering; and a proctor that gave an extra two minutes to complete a Reading Comprehension section.
  • The difficulty level of the June 2015 LSAT, especially with respect to the Logic Games sections.
  • Should you cancel your LSAT score if you think you preformed poorly?
  • Listener Kyle asks when he should start studying for the LSAT and what materials he should use.

Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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6 Comments


  1. Why do you guys suggest to do timed practice from the beginning? I have never heard of that before.

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    1. Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for listening.

      I wouldn’t suggest doing all timed practice from the beginning. At the beginning, I would suggest using your study time like this: roughly 20% for timed tests or sections, roughly 20% for learning theory, and roughly 60% for drilling individual questions (either untimed or timed without a specific time limit — you’re merely timing yourself to see how long it takes you).

      In that last 80%, learning theory and drilling individual questions usually take place at the same time. In other words, you drill individual questions and then review them and read about them to understand the theory or the rules that dictate the correct answer. As you get better at the test, I’d suggest doing way more timed tests and sections. But you still want to do them when you first get started so you can clearly understand the goal and where you’re going. It makes the time you spend drilling individual questions more effective because you can see how they fit into the bigger picture.

      I hope that helps!
      Ben

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  2. My October LSAT had a similar issue to the second one you discuss: Proctor called 5 minutes left at 25 minutes, and again at 30 minutes. The issue is that this wasn’t a comprehension section, it was a games section, and although I was pretty much exactly on schedule (8 questions, a game and a half left), the false call forced me to speed up and make educated guesses on the last questions instead of working them out to a logical certainty. Only missed one question before that, but 7 of the final 8 because of the proctor’s mistake.

    The ‘false’ 5 minute call can absolutely be detrimental to your score, even if you’re allowed the full 35 minutes.

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    1. That’s a bummer. I see what you’re saying. What did you do after you realized that you had five more minutes?

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  3. Hey guys,

    I usually love everything that you two talk about on the show and have found it to be extremely helpful as I prepare for the LSAT. However, I was wondering why exactly you suggested in this episode to avoid theory books (namely the powerscore bibles) and instead only buy and practice tests. I ask because I attempted to do just that for a while, but found myself not progressing at all and just wasting tests. Since I bought the bibles though, I’ve been progressing significantly AND I have a better understand of the LSAT in general. For example, before working through the logic games bible I would be getting entire games correct, but it would take me 10-30 minutes per game and my diagrams (if you could even call them that) would be all over the place. Now I can do most games in 7-8 minutes, my diagrams are much more concise, and I actually know what each kind of game is. I’ve also found the reading comprehension bible to be much more helpful than I thought it would be because of all the examples and exercises that it gives.

    I know you guys probably won’t even remember this post since it’s so old, but it’d be great to hear back.

    P.S. You mentioned how expensive the bibles are so I thought it might useful to let you know, if you don’t already, that you can actually rent them through Amazon now. I got my logic games bible that way and it only cost me $11 for 6 months.

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    1. Thanks for your question! We’re not saying “don’t study theory”… we’re saying don’t study theory first. It’s far better to dive right in, with a real practice test (and sections thereof) to diagnose your weaknesses. Then brush up on whatever theory is necessary in order to understand your mistakes. Otherwise you start categorizing things that don’t need to be categorized, and you start doing stupid, counterintuitive strategies like “read the question stem first.”

      Thanks for listening, and for your question!

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