What’s the LSAT?

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a test that law schools in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries use to assess applicants and is run by the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council).

The test is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school. This includes, 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 rationally and critically; and the analysis and evaluation of reasoning arguments.

The LSAT, like any admission test, is not a perfect predictor of law school performance, but it does have a surprisingly high reliability. Learn more about the correlation here.

 

LSAT Structure

Section# of QuestionsScored?TimeOther
 Logical Reasoning #1 24-25 Yes 35 minsThese sections are randomly arranged.
 Logical Reasoning #2 24-25 Yes 35 mins
 Analytical Reasoning / Logic Games 22-23 Yes 35 mins
 Reading Comprehension 25-28 Yes 35 mins
 Experimental 22-28 No 35 mins
 Essay 1 No 35 mins The essay is always last.

The LSAT consists of three multiple choice question types:

  • Logical Reasoning: Assesses the ability to critically analyze, evaluate, and complete arguments
  • Analytical Reasoning: Measures analytical, logical, and deductive reasoning skills and the ability to organize information
  • Reading Comprehension: Measures the ability to read and understand complex texts

The exam also includes an unscored variable section that is used to test future questions of the LSAT. The final section of the exam also requires test takers to give a writing sample in the form of an essay. The writing sample does not receive a score but will be forwarded to the law school admissions office.

 

LSAT Scoring System

LSAT raw scores are converted to a normalized scale with the final scores ranging from a low of 120 to a high of 180. The average LSAT score is 150.

Top law schools will be looking for scores that are close to perfect (think 170 out of 180), so if you’re hoping to enter a top tier law school, you need a high score.

 

When, Where, How?

The LSAT is offered four times per year at various international test centers. These can include various undergraduate schools, law schools, military bases, embassies, and educational centers around the world.

It costs $170 to take the LSAT and receive one free score report. Additional fees may be added for late registration, additional score reports, etc. Click here for more information.

You can register for the test online. LSAT registration deadlines are typically one month before the LSAT test date.

You should know that the LSAT is not administered at every test center on all testing dates, and there is limited availability for each test date. The LSAC also has a policy that prohibits test takers from taking the LSAT more than three times within a period of two years.

 

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