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If you took the August 2022 LSAT, this article will be helpful to determine which sections were real and which were experimental. Further, we explain which sections were considered harder, which can affect the curve and your overall LSAT score.

Logic Games (real)

The Friday morning Logic Games section was recycled from the January 2020 LSAT and included:

  • School project assignments (easier)
  • People traveling to towns (easier)
  • Senior and Junior employees on teams (harder)
  • Breweries and Beers (hardest)

This section was slightly harder than average, maybe enough to move the curve a half a point in the more lenient direction.

There was a games section that appeared mostly on Saturday that included:

  • Non-profit charity
  • Reserved and unreserved seats at sporting events
  • Jewels in cases
  • 4 posters at train stations (harder)

This section was also slightly harder than average, maybe enough to move the curve a half a point in the more lenient direction.

Both of these sections were scored and real. There is no evidence of an experimental Logic Games section.

Reading Comprehension (real)

The first real RC section to show up on Friday was the harder of 2 RC sections that students were seeing, and was mostly paired with an experimental RC that was easier. The real RC included:

  • International cybersecurity
  • Pidgin language
  • Science of aging (harder)
  • Art forgeries (comparative hardest)

On Saturday many students had a test form with 2 LR sections and a real RC section which included:

  • Mexican photographer
  • Privatization of water (comparative)
  • Uncivil vs. civil disobedience
  • Galileo judging Dante

Both of these sections were real, and they were both hard enough to loosen the curve by 1 point, especially since both of the real games sections were more difficult than average.

Reading Comprehension (experimental)

The experimental RC on Friday morning included:

  • African American Sculptor Edmonia Lewis
  • Double Jeopardy
  • Curiosity drive theory
  • Sandpiper birds and climate change (comparative)

And the experimental section that showed up later in the administration included:

  • Chile and Peru claiming the word pisco
  • Gothic fiction and vampires
  • Psychologists defining cause
  • Equality and efficiency in stock market (comparative)

Logical Reasoning (real)

The first real Logical Reasoning section had questions about:

  • Insulin and Myopia
  • Government lending support to organic farming
  • Tree rings
  • Electric vs gas cars
  • Planetary moons
  • Putting frogs in boxes
  • Charcoal cave drawings
  • CFCs and ozone

The second real Logical Reasoning section had questions about:

  • Reptiles and birds
  • Male and female dragonflies
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • wastewater treatment
  • Fuel-cell electricity and storage
  • Artificial blood
  • Oil wells and pipelines
  • Barefoot versus shoes for running

Both of the LR sections had a pretty standard assortment of easy, medium, and hard questions, and they are unlikely to have an impact on the curve in either direction. So no matter what combination of sections you had, it was probably a slightly harder than average test, and probably roughly -8 to get a 170 and a -21 to get a 160.

Posted: 8-21-2022