Top 5 LSAT Changes And Updates (2024)

Some important changes and updates about the LSAT have recently been published by LSAC. Here are the five key ones to keep in mind:
 
1. 2024-2025 LSAT Dates Now Published
LSAC recently published the future LSAT dates through June 2025. There will be future testing dates in April, June, August, September, October and November 2024, as well as January, February, April and June 2025. LSAT dates after June 2025 will not be published until next year. For more details, please see this ScoreItUp 3L blog or go to lsac.org.
 
2. Two LSAT Format Changes In August 2024…But NO Changes To The Content Of Logical Reasoning.
Beginning in August 2024, there will be two main format changes to the LSAT: (1) Logic Games is being replaced by a second section of Logical Reasoning, and (2) the ungraded LSAT Writing section will have a slight change in format and focus (see 3., below). Please see this ScoreItUp 3L blog for a more detailed description of the LSAT format changes beginning in August 2024. The main impact of these changes is that Logical Reasoning will be twice as important as before and will comprise roughly 2/3 of your graded LSAT score. However, there are no changes to the content of the Logical Reasoning section: i.e., the Logical Reasoning question types, etc. will be the same as before, you just will have twice as much of it.
 
3. Changes To The Ungraded LSAT Writing Section
Changes will be made to the ungraded LSAT Writing section beginning in August 2024. Although it will remain ungraded, there is going to be a slight shift in emphasis on this section. In addition, students will have an additional, preliminary 15 minutes of time to prepare their response before beginning the 35-minute period to write their response. To see a sample letter LSAC wrote to students describing the upcoming changes, please click here.
 
4. Acquiring Previously Released LSAT Practice Tests (June 2024 AND August 2024 Formats)
This link includes options for acquiring LSAT practice tests that use either (1) the June 2024 (and prior) LSAT format,* or (2) the August 2024 (and beyond) LSAT format.** For each of the two formats, LSAC offers both (1) a free account, and (2) a paid LawHub Advantage account ($115).

*One graded Analytical Reasoning section, one graded Logical Reasoning section, and one graded Reading Comp section.
**Two graded Logical Reasoning sections and one graded Reading Comp section.

5. Current (2020-2023) LSAT Percentile Chart
Here is the most recent LSAT Percentile Chart (2020-2023): https://www.lsac.org/sites/default/files/media/lsat-percentiles-2020-2023_accessible.pdf. For comparison purposes, this link shows percentile ranks for older LSATs administered in 2005-2012 and 2018-2020. This is getting into the weeds a bit, but there are some useful things to know about the 2020-2023 LSAT percentile charts in the link above:
  • There are three key LSAT figures: (1) your “raw score” is the total number of questions you got correct on all graded sections, (2) your “scaled score” (i.e., “converted LSAT score”) is your LSAT score using LSAC’s arbitrary 120-180 LSAT scoring system, and (3) your “percentile rank” is the percentage of students who did WORSE than your score on that test.
  • As an example (using the 2020-2023 percentile chart), a “scaled score” of 169 on a recent test would have a “percentile rank” of 94, meaning that (1) 94 percent of students did worse on that test, and (2) 6 percent did equal to or better than a 169 on that test.
5A. GOOD NEWS (sort of) regarding the 2020-2023 percentile chart: The percentile ranks are LOWER in the recent 2020-2023 LSAT Percentile Chart than they have been in prior years. So, if you took an older practice exam, the 2020-2023 LSAT Percentile Chart will understate your percentile rank (i.e. you did better on the exam than the 2020-2023 LSAT Percentile Chart suggests, at least when compared to students who took that exam). Historically, a 99th percentile rank was around a 172 or above, a 90th percentile rank was around 165, an 80th percentile rank was around 160, and a 50th percentile rank was around 151-152.

5B. BAD NEWS (sort of) regarding the 2020-2023 percentile chart:
Although the percentile ranks stated in these percentile charts are the ones routinely used and referred to, the percentile ranks for law school applicants is lower than the published percentile ranks (which include all test-takers). The reason for the difference is that students on the low end of these percentile rank charts often do not apply to law school. Here is Reddit’s analysis of the 2020-2023 percentile ranks for law school applicants (which is to be distinguished from the standard percentile charts reflecting all LSAT test-takers):
LSAT Percentile Charts (Unofficial) For All Law School Applicants (2020-2023) [LSAT score followed by percentile rank]:
  • 175: 97.3
  • 170: 89.86
  • 165: 77.55
  • 160: 60.07
  • 155: 40.10
  • 150: 21.3
  • 145: 9.44
  • 140: 3.38