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January 26th, 2019 LSAT Information and Discussion

Jon Denning
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As Saturday's LSAT concludes, test takers throughout the US and Canada naturally wonder what to make of their experience, and are eager to hear more about the experiences of others. To aid in that, this thread allows you to provide information and feedback about the January LSAT, and will serve as a one-stop repository for all of the details that PowerScore is able to collect on the test.

Below, let us know more about your test, including questions and topics that you remember, section order, and overall impressions (difficulty, uniqueness/familiarity, odd elements, etc). With that information, we will begin outlining which LG/RC/LR questions were real and which were known to be experimental (for more information on determining the Experimental section, please read: The Experimental Section Explained).

This data can then help you better predict your own scoring outcomes, and determine whether to keep or cancel your score (although these days you rarely should cancel since only your highest score matters). For more assistance on making that decision, please visit: The Ultimate LSAT Scoring Guide: Should You Keep or Cancel?

Per LSAC policies, you are allowed to discuss LSAT question topics and difficulty in general. For example, this means you can identify a game by name and discuss whether you thought it was difficult. You cannot talk about specific answer choices, however. So, "The Water Tubes game was difficult for me" is fine; "the answer to the first three questions was A in that game" is not acceptable.

Note: The list below will be updated in real time as we learn more about the exam, and thus is neither official nor complete while the discussion is ongoing. If you are considering cancelling based on the details provided here, give this thread a day or two so that we can make sure all of the information is accurate.


Scored Sections

    Real Logic Games (not necessarily in order)

      1. Seven computer installations
      2. Different color statues/pillars and what order the colors would go, shortest to tallest
      3. Two branches of corporation (east and west) with three departments (investments, loan, mortgage)
      4. Building with 9 apartments on 3 floors (luxury, modern, traditional)


    Real Reading Comprehension (not necessarily in order)

      1. Comparative: Quebec plays/playwright in Scotland; South African (Athol Fugard) plays/playwright East Germany (two playwrights in cultures other than their own)
      2. Pueblo Indian rock inscriptions as art about the Crab supernova (astronomy)
      3. Copyright vs trademark law
      4. Placebo drug research

    Real Logical Reasoning


      Increasing currency in circulation
      Porpoises/Noise
      Seatbelt usage
      Marie Antoinette
      Obesity to desirable weight
      Billboards
      E. coli in cows
      Individual v. Corporate taxation
      Locomotive steam engines
      Windmills
      Female birds and noise
      Park ranger and cows grazing
      Percentage of homes that get broken into that have/don't have alarm systems (last question in a section)
      Lie detector test
      Unfair policy of registering pets
      Cars' headlights a distraction
      Public transit strike
      Diamonds are precious
      Colorful Stone Axe
      Resident doctors shortening hours
      Herbal remedies
      Planets (Mars, Earth, Venus)
      News Stories about people
      Mayor/Election
      Interpreting books
      Not enough teachers
      Fashion/ top models
      Libraries
      Vitamins and nutrition
      Doctors / side effects
      Oil spill in the water
      Prioritizing/ Planning for disasters
      Smith / dates



Experimental Sections

    Experimental Logic Games


      Order that chemistry professor learn something
      Four groups with a mechanic
      Times 1-6 pm
      Workplace security
      Dog walking
      Ghana France India
      Dancing—Polka, tap, etc
      Chef choosing from 7 ingredients in a certain order for a stew/soup



    Experimental Reading Comprehension

      Pidgin language amongst Native American tribes
      Forgery of artwork
      Scientific research about lifespan in humans/animals
      A nation’s ability to regulate the internet
      Fungus prevents diseases in trees vs. grasses.
      Privatization (CR)


    Experimental Logical Reasoning (remember, there are multiple LR Exps, so you may not have had some of these questions even if you had 3 LRs)

      Australian bees
      Politicians not winning an election unless the economy recovers
      Rotting leaves


Uncertain




    Section orders and question counts

      RC-LR (26)-LG-RC-LR(25)
      RC-LR-LG-LG-LR
      LR-RC-LR-LR-LG
      LR(26)-RC(27)-LR(exp)(26)-LG(23)-LR(25)
      LR-RC-LG-LR-LG


      LG: 23 questions
      LR1: 26 questions
      LR2: 25 questions
      RC: 27 questions
      Total: 101 questions

      Final scoring scale prediction is -11.


    International LSAT Information

    See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27092

    Sabbath-Observer LSAT Information

    See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27091
    Jon Denning
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    Dperez15
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    I had LR(26) - RC (27) - LR(25) - LR(25) - LG(23)

    My LG had something about luxury housing.
    Cjackson4949
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    I had RC-LR-LG-RC-LR. My logic games had a question about east/west wing and investors, another game about ordering lengths. I remember LR questions about security systems and burglary (last question of my last section), and another question from this section was about someone's opinion regarding using people's names in newspapers/media. and a question from the first LR section was about public transport commuter trends. hope that helps people out. I had RC as experimental.
    Cjackson4949
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    based off the real RC, my experimental RC had the topics of 1) pidgin language amongst Native American tribes 2) forgery of artwork 3) scientific research about lifespan in humans/animals 4) a nations ability to regulate the internet
    Jon Denning
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    Thanks Cjackson! You're absolutely right about those RC passages being experimental!

    Hope you crushed it!
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    Jon Denning
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    Thanks Dperez!

    Your first LR section with 26 questions was real. Not sure about which was real between the two 25-question LRs, however.
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    spid3r16
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    Hi everyone!

    I had the following: RC - LR - LG - [break] - LG - LR

    I'm really hoping the pre-break LG was the experimental one. :P

    RC: 27 Qs
    LR1: 26 Qs
    LG1&2: 23 Qs
    LR2: 25 Qs
    Last edited by spid3r16 on Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    az305203
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    I had

    RC - 27
    LR - 26
    LG - 23
    LG - 23
    LR - 25

    RC
    Canadian play in Scotland, another foreign play in Germany
    Native american crescent art / supernova
    Studies on placebo drugs

    LG #1
    #3 - assignment of employees to East / West divisions
    #?? - pure sequencing - ordering of colored columns by height short -> tall
    #?? - luxury/traditional/modern apartment design types, 3 floors of a building, 3 apts/floor

    LG #2
    #3 - 9 dogs assigned to groups of 3...walkers? or vet employees or something
    spid3r16
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    Logic Games 2 (hoping this is real):
    - pillars: shortest to tallest
    - two branches
    Last edited by spid3r16 on Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    Jon Denning
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    Hey spid3r - the section with the pillars and the branches games was real!
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