The LSAT, or the Law School Admissions Test, is a standardized exam required for admission to nearly every law school approved by the American Bar Association. It is a crucial component of the application and acceptance process in law schools in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. There are over 100,000 individuals worldwide taking the LSAT each year.
LSAT Basic Information
The cost of the test is $180 per exam, and you receive one free score report. Additionally, to apply to most law schools, a subscription to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is needed. The subscription costs $185 and also includes one free score report.
When can you take the test
The LSAT had been offered four times a year: February, June, September or October, and December. However, beginning in 2018, the LSAT will be offered five times a year.
Additionally, while it is true that historically the LSAT didn’t allow you to retest more than three times, things have changed. Starting with the September 2017 LSAT, there will no longer be limits on the number of times you can take the exam.
Understanding the Sections
Logical Reasoning – designed to measure the ability to analyze and critically evaluate arguments. The questions are based on excerpts from a variety of literature, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.
Analytical Reasoning – also known as the logic games section; it tests one’s ability to understand the structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. The parts of the logic games are as follows 1) A premise that establishes the game’s scenario and how the subjects are involved, including their relationship to each other. 2) A series of conditions that restrict certain relationships among the subjects. 3) A logical progression of questions on the viable relationships among the subjects.
Reading Comprehension – evaluates the ability to identify main ideas and details and to draw inferences and make extrapolations on scholarly passages. It consists of four passages, each with a set of five to eight questions. One of the readings will be a comparative passage, which has two short passages. The reading passages are drawn from a variety of subjects in biological and physical science, social science, humanities, and topic areas related to law.
There are five 35-minute sections but only 4 of them count towards your score. The extra section is known as the variable or experimental section. It is used to “pretest” new items.
- The sections are not given in any particular order
|Section||Question Type||Number of Questions||Time|
|Logical Reasoning I||Argument-based multiple choice||24-26||35 mins|
|Logical Reasoning II||Argument-based multiple choice||24-26||35 mins|
|Analytical Reasoning (logic games)||Multiple-choice based on logic games passages||23-24||35 mins|
|Reading Comprehension||Passage- based multiple choice||26-28||35 mins|
|Writing Sample||Essay Writing||1||30 mins|
How is it scored
The test is scored on a scale of 120 – 180. The average score is 150, and most competitive law schools are looking for a 162 or higher. Additionally, the scaled score is based on a raw score of 99, 100, or 101 questions.