The LSAT and Test Preparation

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What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is a half-day, paper-based test required for admission to nearly all American Bar Association (ABA) approved schools.

The test consists of 5 sections. Four of the five sections contribute to your score.
       One reading comprehension section
       One analytical reasoning section
       Two logical reasoning sections
         *Experimental Section (consisting of one of the previously mentioned categories)
         *A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test, which is sent to the law schools along with your LSAT scores

*Portions will not be scored, experimental section's purpose is to determine questions for the following LSAT Exam.

How is the LSAT scored?

LSAT scores range from 120 to 180 with the mean being about 152.
The writing sample is not scored but is sent to all law schools to which you apply.

How important is the LSAT scores?
The two main criteria used in law school admission are the LSAT and the GPA, so the LSAT is very important.

When is the LSAT offered?
Four times a year: early June, September/October, December and February*. Many schools will not accept a test date after December.
Ideally, you want to take the LSAT in February or June the year before you begin law school, this way your score will be available when applications open in early September. Because it is important to apply as soon as the applications open, students might not want to take the Oct/Sept becase their scores will not be released until the end of October.  

How do I register for the LSAT?
Register on-line at LSAC.org. Register early for the test, especially for the October test, since exam locations fill up.

How much does it cost?
Please check LSAC.org for current the current test fee. Students with financial need can apply for a fee waiver to take the test and to open a credential file with LSAC. Go to the website for fee waiver information and appy for it early.

How many times can I take the LSAT?
Every LSAT you take will be reported to the law schools, so it is best to take it once and do well. If you choose to take it a second time so some study and preparation beforehand. Most law schools will take the higher LSAT score of repeated tests. Some average the scores.

How can I prepare?
It is best to study and prepare for at least 3 to 6 months before taking the LSAT. Test samples are available at LSAC.org., along with  official prep tests and study guides to purchase.  The Career Center usually co-sponsors a free practice LSAT each quarter with Kaplan Test Prep.  Check the Career Center calendar on our home page for dates & loctions.

There are a number of companies that offer LSAT prep courses, which vary in the number of hours of instruction, costs, and whether they are offered online or in person. The key for whatever LSAT test prep course you take is to consider the instructor as much as the materials, for an good instructor will make the LSAT come alive and help you stay motivated to study. Most companies will allow you to sit in on one or two classes and evaluate the instructor. After class ask other students if they like the class and materials. Survey your friends to see who has had positive experiences preparing for the LSAT. Because the LSAT is such a crucial component of your law school application, it is worth the time to research and find the best teacher and/or prep company in your geographic area.

*Please note that the test questions for the February LSAT are nondisclosed. Test takers will only recieved their scores with their percentile rank. They do not receive their test questions, answer key, or individual responses.