On Oct. 18, the Law School Admissions Council announced that it would remove the logic games, also known as the analytical reading section, from the Law School Admissions Test. This change reflects a settlement for a 2019 lawsuit, where a legally blind test taker said he was put at a disadvantage by the logic games section of the test, as it often requires drawing diagrams.
While this recently announced change has brought light to several important issues, such as the test’s accessibility and equity, it has also created a lot of uncertainty for pre-law students and those looking to take the exam.
Previously, the LSAT consisted of four sections: logical reasoning, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and an additional, unscored section that could be any of those three.
However, the elimination of logic games leads to questions about what the revised test will look like.
According to the LSAC, the logic games section will officially be cut from the LSAT starting in Aug. 2024. The new test will include two logical reasoning sections, one reading comprehension section and an unscored section of either.
Logic games are said to be the most learnable section of the exam because test takers can study specific tips and tricks that can help increase scores. The elimination of logic games might make the exam more challenging for people who don’t intuitively understand the remaining sections, but it can also make it more equitable in terms of exam preparation.
Senior Zoe Helms said that one of her LSAT study books had an entire section dedicated to logic games. “I find logic games really easy,” Helms said. “And if that part went away, I think it would definitely affect my score negatively.”
For pre-law students looking to take the test, it draws into question whether or not a student should take the test prior to the change and how scores can be compared when the same pools of law school applicants take different versions of the exam.
Junior Aubrey Carter said a reason she plans to take LSAT this upcoming spring is because it is the last chance to take the exam before logic games are axed. “I just think it may be harder for people taking it in the next couple of years,” she said, “just because we don't know how to study for the test sans logic games.”