For a lot of test takers, there is a way to identify the experimental section on the LSAT. These strategies are based on the premise that the experimental section is one of the first three sections. We feel pretty strongly that will be the case, because for every prep test in the past, the experimental section has been in the first three, usually in section two or three.
Experimental sections generally feel a little weirder to well-prepared students, since LSAC is using the experimental section to test out new items for future LSATs. They’re putting them on your test to get a good idea how to score them on subsequent LSATs.
The best way to tell is simply by process of elimination. You know there is only one scored reading comprehension section, so when you get to the second reading comp, you can rest assured knowing that the rest of the test will be scored. If section 1 is RC, section 2 is logic games, section 3 is LR, and section 4 is also logic games, you can be pretty sure that section 2 was experimental.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to identify by the end of the test what section of the test is experimental. That can give you a psychological advantage and also give you a good idea of whether you should cancel your score or not. If you figured that section 2 was experimental, and that’s the one you did poorly on, you don’t need to cancel your score, because it’s probably experimental. Conversely, if you screwed up on section 4, you can be sure that that’s not going to be experimental.
Of course, you can cheat and flip through the book and see that there are two reading comp sections, which would tip you off to the one in the first 3 sections being the experimental section, but we don’t condone cheating. If you’re caught flipping through the book, you’re not going to go to law school.