The LSAT-Flex altered the format of the LSAT. You should alter the way you study for it. This guide can help you do that.
How the LSAT-Flex is Different
Instead of having four scored sections and one unscored, experimental section, the LSAT-FLEX will only consist of three scored sections – one Logic Games section, one Logical Reasoning section, and one Reading Comprehension section. That means that the LSAT-FLEX will have one less scored Logical Reasoning section and will not include an unscored Experimental section. The new format will not have any effect on the Writing Section, which will still be taken separately from the multiple-choice portion of the test.
The three sections will still be 35 minutes each and there will not be a break between sections. The whole test will take approximately two hours to complete. The sections and questions will have the same level of difficulty as prior LSAT tests. LSAC is not double-counting the Logical Reasoning section and there will be approximately the same number of questions in each of the three sections. This means that the test moves from being made up of 50% Logical Reasoning, 25% Logic Games, and 25% Reading Comprehension to a 33.33% split between all three sections.
For more information on the LSAT-Flex see the LSAT Overview page.
Prep to Conquer the LSAT-Flex
Adapting your prep for the LSAT-Flex can help you increase your score. The LSAT-Flex will have the same kind of questions as prior LSAT tests and the questions will be the same level of difficulty but the change in the format calls for a change in your prep. You should change your prep in two fundamental ways – give equal weight to studying each section and take three-section Prep Tests.
-Give Equal Weight to Each Section-
With the traditional and Digital LSAT tests it made sense to spend more time studying Logical Reasoning than the other sections since there were two scored Logical Reasoning sections (any improvements paid off double). Since the LSAT-Flex will have only one Logical Reasoning section you should give equal weight to studying Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension.
-Take Three-Section Prep Tests-
Since the LSAT-Flex only has three sections it makes sense to simulate the test by taking three section tests. Make sure your three section tests consist of a Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension section. Use the extra section for your next Prep Test. Scoring a three section Prep Test is a bit more difficult but the important part of the Prep Test is to figure out what questions you need more work on. You can take multiple three section Prep Tests and score them as four-section tests to get an idea of your current score.