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If you took the June 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.

The International Test was administered the Tuesday after the U.S. administrations. It contained sections from the February 2014 LSAT

The Logic Games section was notable for contatining a cirular ordering game, which is the only game of that type since 2003. The topics of the games were:

  • Placement of art installations
  • A Garden, Department store, Furniture, and Houseware
  • Schools and plays
  • Eight diplomats sitting clockwise at a circular table

The Reading Comprehension section was also from the February 2014 exam and appeared as a June 2011 experimental section. It was 27 questions and included four passages on:

  • French Revolution and Women's Rights
  • Common and International Law Regarding Indigenous Rights in Belize
  • Art and Sports Commentators - Competition
  • Physics Passage - Theory of Everything

The Logical Reasoning section was also from the February 2014 exam and contiained questions about:

  • School lunches
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Anthropologists teaching with novels
  • Plants releasing CO2
  • Psychologists and empathy and morality
  • Wine and grapes
  • What happens to a business if a main competitor goes out of business
  • Crabs and UV light

The Reading Comprehension section was in line with modern LSAT reading comp, which means it's generally tough and leads to a slightly looser curve. The Logical Reasoning section was pretty average in terms of difficulty. The Logic Games were also of average difficulty despite having an unusual circular ordering game.

Logic Games

The Friday morning Logic Games came from the July 2020 LSAT. There were four games that had 23 questions total and included:

  • Expert witnesses being called to testify
  • Planting crops (vegetables) in the north and south fields over 3 days
  • A Cabinet maker + cabinet maker apprentices assigned to different projects
  • Duets performing in a talent show with 3 different pairs of people singing

On Saturday morning a new Logic Games was presented. The setion had 23 questions total and included:

  • Bridges being repaired
  • Two debate teams arguing over support and opposition for school uniforms
  • Litigators and lawyers on different teams, with specialties such as personal injury lawyers, medical malpractice, and some being both
  • 5 volunteers working shifts on a Friday and Saturday

There was a lot of conversion on this section and confusion on the first game, which was fairly straightforward (which is what led to a lot of the confusion).

Both of these sections were scored and real. There is no evidence of an experimental Logic Games section. However, the fourth section that was research was not a true experimental section.

Reading Comprehension

On Friday there were two different Reading Comprehension scenarios. One version of the test that had only one reading comprehension section - we knew it was real (which was given early Friday and ran throughout the weekend). But then there was a paired set of reading comprehension sections and another single reading comprehension section version that came out on Saturday. The first real RC section had:

  • Difficult comparitive passage on Kafka
  • Theories of the big bang and expanding universe
  • Legal environmental policy - dumping pollutants into water sources
  • UN diplomats and diplomacy

Other Real Section = appeared individually - students saw this a lot on Saturday. This first appeared on Friday Night but appeared a lot with the weird Experimental Survey:

  • History of juries/tradition of jury selection
  • Choreographer - Zoer Neal Hurston
  • Folk Psychology - Comparitive
  • Movement in physics and gymnastics

Both were real, but the Kafka section was considered much harder.

On another version of the test there were two reading comprehension sections, where one was significantly harder than the other (that appeared largely on Friday). The real seciton was easier and included:

  • Rent control laws before and after WWII
  • Assemblage Art of John Outer Ridge
  • Defendants positioning in a court room - Jury docs and glass boxes - proximity to jury
  • Plants and Grasses - how they adapt to non-native species

The unscored section was much harder and included:

  • Limitation of simulations / Life of stars and galaxies
  • Machiavelli's The Prince
  • Trademarks
  • Iroquois and Federation / Native American History

Logical Reasoning

The first real Logical Reasoning section had questions about:

  • Crows remembering people with masks
  • Government lending support to organic farming
  • Big or giant fossils for ants
  • 1969 changing bands/musical styles
  • Importance of taking pet to the same vet over time
  • Rock wall paintings depicting Shaman practices
  • Internet is a basic human right
  • Dogs seeing other dogs getting treats and being able to judge

The second real Logical Reasoning section had questions about:

  • Fluorescents
  • Role of villains in movies
  • Birds and seagulls needing sea shells in their diet for calcium
  • Overdue library books
  • TV programs about extraterrestrials
  • Execs being irresponsible in promoting things
  • Cooking chicken
  • Hearing damage for musicians in orchestras

And there was an experimental Logical Reasoning section that had questions about:

  • Small class sizes improving results (private schools)
  • Employee job satisfaction
  • Commercial development in a neighborhood that did not want commercial development
  • Wills written in one’s own handwriting
  • Magma plumes and Pangaea
  • Esoteric philosophy
  • Drunk driving and criminal history
  • Spouses of smokers and non smokers and how that related to lung disease

Instead of a standard experimental section, which would involve getting a second unscored section of a particular type, some students were presented with a survey as their experimental section. This section was clearly identified as experimental, which is not normal. It included a survey about the usefulness of diagrams when answering certain questions. The section had 27 questions, 9 of them were little self-contained logic games questions, and each of those had 2 survey questions about it–specifically about whether the student found it helpful to make diagrams or not.

This "survey" experimental section was most likely included because LSAC has to respond to a lawsuit about the logic games section that was brought by a visually impaired student who was unable to make notes on scratch paper, and was thus at a diadvantage for the games section. The deadline for the LSAC response to that lawsuit is this year, and the LSAC has pledged to look into adjusting the game section to better accommodate students with visual disabilities. So they are gathering information about how students use scratch paper while doing logic games.

Aside from the unusual circular ordering game and this survey style experimental section, this was a pretty standard LSAT Administration. The logic games section about witnesses testifying was harder, and the one about bridges being repaired was easier. So that will have an impact on the curve. The reading comprehension section about the Big Bang was harder, and the one about courtroom seating was easier, as was the one about the history of juries. The logical reasoning sections were composed to be right down the middle in terms of difficulty, which is typical.

Posted: 7-24-2022