The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a 4-hour standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for prospective law school candidates, the LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiencies.
The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada (common law programs only), the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a growing number of other countries.
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The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, the university of Melbourne in Australia and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section in the LSAT will vary.
The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180. This score is for the Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, & Logical Reasoning sections. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
LSAT Scheduling Fee: US$222.00, Score Preview purchased prior the test day $45, after the test day $75.
Yes. The easiest way to change your test date is through your LSAC.org account. You may also use the Test Date Change form or a signed, dated, written request. Enclose an $85 payment ($82 CDN plus 5% Goods and Service Tax). The
LSAT takers who have LSAC.org accounts, will automatically receive their LSAT scores by email approximately three weeks after taking the test. This is the quickest way to obtain your LSAT score, and there is no additional charge. Please keep your email address current in your LSAC.org account to receive your score promptly. LSAC will send score reports by mail approximately four weeks after each test for those without online accounts.
The hardest section can be different for each person.
Most students find the LSAT Logic Games to be the most difficult at first. However, it’s the easiest section to improve upon because it contains the fewest question types. If you create a solid diagram for each game and make the inferences, you’ve just netted yourself 5-7 questions.
Reading Comprehension is the most difficult section to significantly improve upon.
The Logical Reasoning section contains the largest number of different types of questions and requires rapid and accurate analysis of the text in terms of the main argument in question.
As a whole, the LSAT is a demanding test that will test a candidate’s knowledge, perception, speed of thought, and stamina.
You should take the LSAT as early as possible before law school application deadlines. In recent years, many law schools have requested that applicants take the test by December for admission in the following fall’s entering class. If you think you may want to repeat the test after getting your initial score, plan to take the LSAT first in either June or October. This will give you time to access your score on your LSAC.org account and register for the test again in December.
ATTENTION: Some universities have moved their application deadline earlier, so the applicant must have the desired result before August.
The LSAT is administered at various locations throughout the world, but not in Greece. There are established test centers at undergraduate schools, law schools, military bases, embassies, and educational centers. The LSAT is not administered at every test center on all testing dates, and there is limited center availability for each test administration. Test centers are open to every registered candidate regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. If it is impossible for you to travel to an established test center and you are located more than 100 miles (160 km) from an open center, you may request that LSAC establish a nonpublished test center.
CAUTION: To set up a testing center in Greece, which is for a single use, the process must be started several months before the exam and carries a special, significant cost.
Real LSAT questions are written by people with backgrounds in philosophy. As a result, the questions are written with a degree of tightness that is extremely difficult to match. Real questions are heavily-vetted before test-takers even see them. They’re also administered as part of the exam’s experimental section before they are administered as scored questions. They’re simply held to a higher standard than those written for the typical retail prep book.
Absolutely. There is no penalty for guessing in the LSAT. For example, if you have ten seconds left and four questions unanswered on a section, you should just randomly guess on all of them.
All questions count the same, so answer the easy questions first. The easier questions are usually at the beginning of the section, and the harder ones in the end. The exception is the critical thinking section, where questions are ranked according to the logic and organization of the text.
Make educated guesses. You have a better chance of choosing the right answer if you can rule out one or more answer choices for multiple-choice questions.
On the LSAT, it’s perfectly legitimate to leave questions unanswered, or even not address them at all, based on your strategy. No additional penalty points are deducted for unanswered questions. Skip questions that you really can’t answer. No points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
While a high LSAT score does not guarantee entry into law school, a low score does render acceptance into selective schools unlikely. Most law schools value the undergraduate GPA and the LSAT score roughly equally, but some place more emphasis on one or the other. If your undergraduate program or university is not particularly renowned, admissions officers may place more weight on your LSAT score. While GPA and LSAT are the most important factors, there are also other ones: your personal statement, reference letters, any graduate degrees, work experience, and extra-curricular activities. Some law schools publish on their websites information on how they weigh the various criteria.
|Harvard University||171/176 (25th/75th percentiles)|
|Columbia University||170/175 (25th/75th percentiles)|
|Cornell University||167 (median)|
|University of Toronto||166 (median)|
|University of British Columbia||164 (average)|
|University of Alberta||160 (average)|
|University of Windsor||157 (average)|
|Thomas M. Cooley||143 (minimum)|
Yes. You take the first three sections of the test, have a 10-15 minute break (based on the discretion of your proctor) and then you have the last two sections and the writing section. In between sections you will have a few moments to breathe, take a sip of water but not enough time to get up or really do anything.
It is a very long and grueling day. I very much recommend full-length practice tests to prepare for the LSAT because on testing day, it’s more about endurance than anything else Getting yourself comfortable with the testing conditions is some of the best prep you can do.
The LSAT score includes the following:
- One overall score ranging from 120-180
- A “score band” a range of scaled scores above and below your score
- A percentile score, ranking your performance relative to the scores of a large sample population of other LSAT test takers
You have 5 business days after you take the LSAT to cancel your score. If you take the exam more than once, Law Services reports the average score, each separate score, and each cancellation. Most schools will not question one cancellation on your record; however, they will question multiple ones. Also, you may not take the LSAT more than 3 times in any 2-year period.
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