Brad McIlquham is Knewton’s Director of Academics. He is really into surveys, but then again, who isn’t?
The February 2010 LSAT was this past weekend (at least for those who managed to avoid the massive snow cancellations). Just like we did in September and December, we polled our hearty Knewton students to get their feedback on the exam.
Most students who responded were from our full-length LSAT prep course, but a handful were from the first run of our 2-week Total Access program — their study program was abbreviated and largely self-directed, so we were interested to hear their feedback as well.
All told, the majority of respondents (70%) found the Logic Games section to be the most challenging. This majority wasn’t as overwhelming as it was in December — when over 80% agreed that AR was the toughest — but it still dwarfed the next runner-up. Only about 30% found Logical Reasoning to be the most difficult, while close to no respondents thought RC was the hardest.
Full results after the jump:
- 77% of students felt most prepared for the Logical Reasoning section. Only 12% felt best prepared for RC, and 11% for Games.
- The majority of students finished each section completely or only had a few questions remaining (80% in RC, 90% in LR, and 50% in Games).
- Again, the Games section created the biggest time crunch; about 50% of students said that timing was a major issue.
- About 20% of students reported that timing was not a problem at all in the RC and LR sections.
- From the responses we received, it sounds like the Games section was especially challenging; 25% of students said it was as difficult as they anticipated, but over 50% said it was even harder than they thought it would be. For 63%, though, the Knewton strategies made things easier on this section; 25% reported that the strategies they had learned were essential.
- LR was a different story; nearly 40% of respondents said the section was more manageable than they expected, and 50% said it met their expectations. For many (37%), the Parallel Reasoning questions were the most difficult. Over 70% of students said the Knewton strategies were essential here.
- Almost 100% of respondents said the RC section was as difficult as they expected. No surprises there.
- The Games section was the major hurdle of the day, but students felt confident overall; over 85% reported that they were better off after preparing with the Knewton course, and the rest said they felt generally ready for what they saw on the exam.
To all you February 2010 LSAT test-takers: congratulations! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you over the next three weeks…