Kristin Fracchia

LSAT Changes: What’s New with the LSAT in August 2024?

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More LSAT changes? Didn’t the LSAT change just a couple years ago? Yes, it did. And it’s going to change again in August 2024! So, what’s happening this time? Let’s take a look at what’ll be different, what’s staying the same, and how you can best prepare, whether you’re taking the test before it changes or gearing up for the new format.

The Big LSAT Changes

Farewell to Logic Games: The biggest headline? The Logic Games section is riding off into the sunset. In its place, you’ll find an additional scored section of Logical Reasoning questions. So, rather than having about 25 scored LR questions, you’ll get around 50.

A Fresh Take on the Writing Section: The Writing section is getting a makeover. In the current essay, you pick one of two presented choices to argue for. For the new essay that replaces the old one, you’ll first read through several perspectives in a broader conversation before staking your position. This new essay is about showcasing how well you can navigate through complex discussions, a skill vital in law school.

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“New” PrepTests: The original PrepTests (basically those with a number less than 100) have been reorganized and combined into “new” PrepTests (with a number of 101 or higher) to match the new format of the LSAT: 1 scored Reading Comprehension section, 2 scored Logical Reasoning sections, and 1 additional unscored section of either type.

What’s Sticking Around

Scoring Stays the Same: Each question on the test is worth 1 point, and tallying up all your correct answers gets you a raw score. That raw score is then converted to a scaled score that will use the same classic range from 120 to 180. The test-makers have said that the new format of the LSAT will effectively have no impact on final scores.

The Same Question Types: No LSAT changes here! For Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, there are no new question types. And that’s good news because it means everything you’ve studied so far still applies, and you don’t need to learn anything new.

For Those Taking the Current LSAT

If you’re eyeing the LSAT before the August 2024 changes, stick to your current study plan. The existing format will be in place until June 8, 2024, with registration for that last test closing on April 23, 2024. Keep pushing forward with your prep; you’re on the right track.

Tips for Prepping for the New LSAT

Adjust Your Study Plan, But Not Too Much: Even though Logic Games are out, the other areas of the test remain the same. Since more of your score will now come from Logical Reasoning questions, adjust your focus accordingly. But ultimately continue to use the bulk of your existing study materials to reinforce your Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills.

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Embrace the New PrepTests: Whether you take them as is or cobble together equivalent ones from your existing study materials, these tests are essential for your studies.

Wrapping Up

The LSAT’s updates are a nod to the evolving nature of legal education and practice, ensuring the test remains relevant. Whether you’re gearing up for the last round of the current LSAT or preparing for the new challenges of the 2024 format, the goal remains the same: to demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills you’ll need to thrive in law school. Keep your study habits flexible, stay informed, and approach your prep with confidence and strategy.


  • Kristin Fracchia

    Dr. Kristin Fracchia has over fifteen years of expertise in college and graduate school admissions and with a variety of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT, with several 99% scores. She had a PhD from the University of California, Irvine, an MA degree from The Catholic University, and BA degrees in Secondary Education and English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Club Fellowship from the University of California, Irvine. She’s worked as a high school teacher and university professor, as an independent college and graduate school admissions counselor, and as an expert tutor for standardized tests, helping hundreds of students gain acceptance into premier national and international institutions. She now develops accessible and effective edtech products for Magoosh. Her free online content and YouTube videos providing test prep and college admissions advice have received over 6 million views in over 125 countries. Kristin is an advocate for improving access to education: you can check out her TEDx talk on the topic. Follow Kristin on LinkedIn!

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