The LSAT and Test Preparation

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. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms.
  • One reading comprehension section
  • One analytical reasoning section
  • Two logical reasoning sections
  • A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply

How is the LSAT scored?

LSAT scores range from 120 to 180 with the mean being about 152
The writing sample is not scored, however, it 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 undergraduate 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. Since 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.

Please follow this link to explore specific LSAT prep companies

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