The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day 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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- One-on-one instruction with personalized attention to student needs
- Specialized exercises for identifying hidden assumptions, arguments, and main ideas
- Speed-reading drills for effective time management
- Distinct instruction for Logic Games section
- Detailed breakdown of prep techniques
- Establishing secondary logical assumptions
- Graphical mapping for faster problem solving
- Advanced techniques for essay writing:
- argumentation and structure
- effective opening and closing arguments
- debate-like approach to defending position
- Extensive selection of timed practice tests based on official LSAC past papers
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You can register for the LSAT at the website of the Law School Admission Council, the organization that administers the test:
|Logical Reasoning I||35 min||24-26 questions|
|Logical Reasoning II||35 min||24-26 questions|
|Logic Games||35 min||22-24 questions|
|Reading Comprehension||35 min||26-28 questions|
|Experimental Section||35 min||22-28 questions|
|Writing Sample||35 min||1 essay|
- Logical Reasoning tests your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments. You need to isolate and identify the various components of a given argument.
- Logic Games test your ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw conclusions from it. You will be asked to make deductions from a set of statements, rules, or conditions that describe relationships among entities such as persons, places, things, or events. They simulate the kinds of detailed analyses of relationships that law students must perform in solving legal questions.
- Reading Comprehension tests your ability to read dense, scholarly material and ascertain the structure, purpose, and logic. The topics on the exam are chosen from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and the law.
- The LSAT Writing Sample shows law schools how well you can argue for a position. It comes at the end of your test day experience; so it’s often a physical challenge as well as a mental one.
- The section is not scored but it is sent to law schools along with your LSAT score. While it can be used to choose between relatively equal candidates, it is most frequently used as a comparison tool to confirm your personal statement.
What is the LSAT?
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, 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.
What are the parts of the test?
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.
What is the score scale?
The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180. 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.
What is the scheduling fee?
LSAT Scheduling Fee: US$170.00
Can I change the test date?
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 Test Date Change form (PDF) can be found on this website. Be sure that the request is received by the appropriate date, which can be found in the LSAT Dates and Deadlines section of this website.
How long after the test will I receive my results?
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.
Which section of the exam is hardest?
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.
Logical Reasoning contains the greatest number of question-types.
The bottom line: the hardest section is different for each person.
When is the best time to take the LSAT?
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.
Where is the LSAT given?
The LSAT is administered at various locations throughout the world. 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.
What’s the importance of studying the original material and not fake questions?
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.
Should I guess answers on the LSAT?
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.
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.
Skip questions that you really can’t answer. No points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
What scores do I need to be a competitive applicant for law school?
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.
Example LSAT Scores
|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)|
Are there any breaks?
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.
Which is the scoring?
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
Can I cancel my LSAT score ?
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.
Where are the test Centers in Europe?
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Which are the LSAT test centre regulations?
The test-taker agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of LSAC test centre regulations. LSAC notes that ignorance of these rules will not be considered an excuse for their violation. See
Items allowed in the test room:
- clear, plastic Ziploc bag
- maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair and may be accessed only during the break
- Ziploc bag may only contain the following items: valid ID; wallet; keys; analog (nondigital) wristwatch; medical or hygiene products; #2 or HB wooden pencils, a highlighter, erasers, pencil
sharpener (no mechanical pencils); tissues; and beverage in plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml maximum size) and snack for break only
- No aluminum cans allowed
Items allowed on the desktop:
- tissues, ID, wooden pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, highlighter and analog wristwatch
- no electronic devices
Items not allowed at the test centre:
- electronic timers of any kind (only analog wristwatches are allowed)
- digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
- cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
- personal computers
- photographic or recording devices
- listening devices
- headsets, iPods, or other media players
- books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
- mechanical pencils
- briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
- hats/hoods (except religious hat)