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The New LSAT Format: What You Need to Know

February 9, 2024
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Reviewed by:

David Merson

Former Head of Pre-Law Office, Northeastern University, & Admissions Officer, Brown University

Reviewed: 2/9/24

Want to learn the latest on LSAT 2024? Keep reading to discover the changes in the new LSAT format for 2024, why they’re happening, and get insights on how to prepare for the new LSAT.

The LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, is undergoing a big change in 2024, removing an entire section and replacing it with an additional section. While the new LSAT format isn’t expected to affect your performance, it’s important to understand what’s changing and why.

This article provides insight into the new format for the LSAT, exploring the reasons behind the changes, expectations of difficulty, and how to prepare effectively. If you plan to take the LSAT, read on to ensure you're ready for what's coming.

What’s New in the LSAT Format in 2024

Starting from the August 2024 test, the LSAT is set to change. The test will now feature two scored Logical Reasoning (LR) sections, one scored Reading Comprehension (RC) section, and an unscored section of either LR or RC.

As of the June 2024 test, logic games will be completely phased out. Despite this, the LSAT will maintain its focus on evaluating analytical and deductive reasoning skills which are crucial for students studying law. 

To make up for the replacement of the logic games section, The LR section has been completely revamped to assess reasoning skills critical for success in law school.

Test Sections Mean Score Median Score
AR/LR1/LR2/RC 150.82 151
LR1/LR2/RC 150.83 151

What isn’t changing is the LSAT’s ability to test your reading comprehension, reasoning, and writing skills which are critical to practices in law. The new change will be an adjustment, but that just means you’ll have to reallocate your study time.

Reasons Behind the LSAT's Changes in 2024

The decision to replace the current logic games with a second LR section should help to reduce anxiety of several students by including an accessible test format. Previously, many visually impaired students struggled with the diagramming portion of the logic games, so this new format should level the playing field.

This decision was not taken lightly. A lot of research, including hundreds of thousands of test takers across several years, indicated that swapping a second logical reasoning section for the logic games section had minimal impact on overall scoring. 

LSAC has announced the change several months in advance to allow students to prepare ahead of time. This means you can reallocate the time you would’ve studied for the logic games section to even more time studying Logical Reasoning.

The LSAT changes for 2024 are driven by several reasons. These changes were instituted after careful consideration and evaluation by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to address concerns and adapt to legal education and practice changes.

Is the Upcoming LSAT Expected to Be More Difficult?

The upcoming LSAT is not expected to be more difficult. Rather, it is designed to reflect the skills and experiences needed for success in law school and modern legal practice.

One key change that might raise difficulty concerns is the structure change. Instead of the traditional four-scored sections (logical reasoning, logic games, reading comprehension, and the experimental section), the new format consists of only two scored sections.

The removal of the logic games section eliminates the uncertainty that test-takers previously faced. While this might be daunting, it streamlines the exam, making it less time-consuming and perhaps even less stressful. This change will likely make the LSAT more accessible to a broader range of test-takers.

Furthermore, LSAC has made strides to ensure that students have access to the tools they need to familiarize themselves with the digital format. This includes practice tests in the new format and free test prep tools.

The intention is to level the playing field and ensure that all students, regardless of their prior experience with digital tools, have the opportunity to perform their best on the LSAT.

While the new format might change from what test-takers are accustomed to, the shifts are designed to make the test more representative of the skills needed in law school and the legal profession. In that sense, it may not be more difficult but rather more relevant.

The key to success in this new format will be preparation, practice, and understanding the evolving demands of the legal field. Students who take advantage of the resources and approach the LSAT strategically will likely perform well, even in this updated format.

Female student studying in school hallway

How to Prepare for the New LSAT Format?

Preparing for the 2024 LSAT format requires a strategic and well-structured approach. Here are some essential steps to ensure you're well-prepared for the LSAT:

  1. Get Acquainted with the New Format: Start by familiarizing yourself with the changes in the LSAT format. Take official LSAC practice tests to get a feel for the digital interface and the tools it offers.
  2. Master Digital Test-Taking Skills: If you're uncomfortable with digital test-taking, invest time in mastering this skill. Learn to navigate the digital interface, highlight and underline text, and use other digital tools effectively. This will reduce anxiety and ensure a smoother test-taking experience.
  3. Practice Tests Are Key: Practice tests are still your best preparation tool. Take as many official LSAC practice tests as possible. Mimic real test conditions, including time constraints, to build your endurance and test-taking strategies.
  4. Adjust Your Study Plan for the New Format: Modify your study plan to align with the new format. Focus on the three scored sections, as there's no longer an experimental section. Allocate time to address any challenges you face in logical reasoning or reading comprehension.
  5. Simulate Test Conditions: Recreate the test environment as closely as possible during your practice sessions. Sit in a quiet room without interruptions and use the same digital tools. This will help you adjust to the test day atmosphere.
  6. Utilize Official LSAC Resources: Take advantage of the official LSAC resources designed for the new format. These include practice tests, sample questions, and digital practice tools.
  7. Consider LSAT Tutoring: Explore the option of personalized LSAT tutoring with our experts. Seasoned professionals can provide invaluable insights, tailored guidance, and effective strategies to ensure your success.
  8. Effective Time Management: The new format is slightly shorter, with fewer questions. Time management is still crucial, but you have slightly more time per question. Practice pacing effectively to ensure you can answer all the questions within the allotted time.
  9. Stay Informed with LSAC Updates: Keep an eye on updates from LSAC regarding the LSAT. They may release additional practice materials, tips, and information to aid your preparation.
  10.  Stay Confident and Handle Test-Day Stress: Believe in your preparation, stay calm, and approach the test clearly. Manage test-day stress with relaxation techniques and positive thinking.

The LSAT format brings changes, but you can adapt and perform at your best with thorough preparation and the right approach. Practice, digital proficiency, and a well-structured study plan will help you prepare for the test.


Here are answers to some frequent questions people ask about the new LSAT format.

1. Can I Prepare for the New LSAT Using Old Textbooks?

Yes, you can prepare for the new LSAT using old textbooks. However, it is better to use new digital materials. Using the official LSAC practice tests resource will be more effective.

2. Are There Going to Be Experimental Sections in the New LSAT?

No, there will be no experimental section in the new LSAT. You will now have two scored sections instead of four: two logical reasoning sections and one reading comprehension section.

3. Are There Any Changes in Scoring?

No, there are no changes in the scoring. The scale still ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest and 180 the highest.

4. How Does the New Digital LSAT Format Impact Test-Taking Time?

The transition does not affect the overall time allocated for the LSAT. The LSAT still has the same time as the traditional paper-and-pencil version.

5. Can I Use My Own Device for the Digital LSAT?

No, you cannot use your device for LSAT. LSAC provides the device for the digital LSAT. Test-takers must use the Microsoft Surface Go tablet provided by the test center.

6. Are There Any Changes in Test-Day Procedures with the Digital LSAT?

Some test-day procedures remain the same, such as check-in and security protocols. However, you will not need to bring pencils, highlighters, or paper since all note-taking is done digitally on the provided tablet.

Final Thoughts

Though the LSAT might look a little different this year, you can still set yourself up for success. Understanding the format changes, the reasoning behind them, and preparation methods are all vital to your success.

Don’t stress - the changes in the new LSAT format should help you achieve a better score if you follow the steps listed above. Rest assured that your performance on this test remains a key step toward your legal career. Good luck with your LSAT!

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