Should you take the LSAT in June (with Logic Games) or August (without Logic Games)?

An important change is coming to the LSAT in August 2024: the Logic Games section will be replaced by a SECOND section of Logical Reasoning. As a result, the LSAT (beginning in August 2024) will consist of (1) two sections of Logical Reasoning, (2) one section of Reading Comprehension, and (3) one ungraded “experimental” section. The ungraded LSAT Writing section will continue to be offered separately.

The LSAT had two Logical Reasoning sections for decades. The exam was modified to include only one LR section during the coronavirus pandemic, when LSAC shortened the LSAT. So, in a sense, we will be returning (in part) to the former LSAT, but without Logic Games. That leads to an important question: if you are currently preparing for the exam, should you (1) aim to take the LSAT in April or June (with Logic Games), or (2) wait to take the LSAT until August or afterward (without Logic Games)?  Here are some things to consider:

  • You can take the LSAT more than once, and law schools almost always focus on your highest LSAT score (although they will consider all your LSAT scores). You can take the LSAT up to three (3) times in one year, and up to seven (7) times in a lifetime. As a result, you may want to consider taking the LSAT in both June and August.
  • Most students need 3-6 months (and sometimes more) of solid prep time to achieve their maximum potential on the LSAT. Even if you would prefer taking the LSAT with Logic Games (i.e. in April or June), consider whether you will have enough time to prepare for the exam sufficiently.
  • If you are preparing for the LSAT and are exceptionally good at Logic Games (or think you can improve a lot in this section), it may make sense to take the LSAT by June 2024.
  • If you don’t like Logic Games, don’t want to bother preparing for Logic Games, or feel you would benefit from more preparation time, wait until August or afterward to take the LSAT.
  • Don’t be influenced by people telling you the LSAT will be “easier” or “harder” if you take it before or after June. The LSAT is graded on the equivalent of a curve (a process they call “equating”). Even if it were true that the LSAT will be “easier” or “harder” before or after June, the LSAT’s equating process will eliminate any possible advantages of taking an “easier” version of the exam.
  • Instead, figure out what you think will be best for YOU to maximize your score. DON’T worry about other people or the LSAT curve, that’s hard to predict.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to me at mark@scoreitup.com. Good luck!