2020 was quite a year. You may be signed up for the LSAT Flex exam and are wondering, what's the best way to practice? We recommend continuing to take the full exam. Why? Keep reading.
There are many benefits to taking a full practice exam; scoring is only one small benefit. It’s much more important to use practice exams as an opportunity to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a test taker, to get experience working under timed conditions, and to implement test strategies. Four sections give you more opportunities to practice, and provide more information to learn from, than three sections.
Not all Logical Reasoning sections are equally difficult! Even on the same test. A four-section practice test might have a slightly easier Logical Reasoning section and a slightly harder Logical Reasoning section. A student who took a four-section practice test as a three-section Flex exam might get a slightly higher score if they chose the easier LR section, or a slightly lower score if they chose the harder LR section. The score difference wouldn't be because their skills or understanding were any different — it would mostly be based on which LR section they happened to attempt. For this reason, taking four-section exams as Flex-exams tends to distort, rather than clarify, your strengths and weaknesses as a test taker.
Plus, LSAC has not released guidelines on how LSAT-Flex exams are scored (i.e., how a raw score on a three-section exam is converted to a 120-180 scaled score), and we can’t provide accurate or predictive scoring of three-section exams. We do know *exactly* how four-section exams we offer are scored, however.
Further, unless you consistently score *dramatically* better or worse on Logical Reasoning than you do on Reading Comp and Logic Games, the difference between your score on a four- or five-section exam and your score on a three-section LSAT-Flex exam will likely be at most 1 or 2 points.
If we offer you a practice test as a three-section exam, the licensing agreement we have with LSAC prevents us from also offering that exam to you as a four-section exam. We'd rather give you the full test and let you decide how to take it.
We’ve also heard reports from students who took the LSAT-Flex exam after taking four- and five-section practice exams who claimed that they felt especially sharp throughout the entire LSAT-Flex exam
As always, work hard, and good luck! If you'd still like to take a three-section Flex exam as your test date nears, we offer Live Proctored Flex exams every week.