According to the Law School Admissions Council: “The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered at designated testing centers throughout the world …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 consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to your score. The fifth section (commonly referred to as the “experimental” or “variable” section) is designed to test new questions for future use. When writing the LSAT, you will not know which sections count towards your score and which is the unscored section. Test-takers will write three sections consecutively and take a fifteen minute break before writing the final two sections.
one reading comprehension section,
one analytical reasoning section, and
two logical reasoning sections.
The LSAT also includes a 35-minute writing section, administered separately from the multiple choice section (this means you will not write this at the test-centre on the day of your multiple-choice test). There is no score for this section. It is primarily designed to test test-taker’s ability to develop and argue a position. Law schools are able to use this writing sample to ascertain applicant’s writing and argumentative skills.
If you are planning to write your LSAT, make sure you visit http://www.lsac.org/ for current registration and preparation information.
Commencing with the September 2019 LSAT administration, the LSAT is now an exclusively digital test. This means that test-takers will complete all sections of the LSAT using a digital device. Given this change, UTPLS has prepared a document outlining everything test-takers need to know about this recent change. It provides a summary of the new LSAT and answers frequently asked questions. Check out our Digital LSAT FAQ document here.
Preparing for the LSAT
There are many ways to prepare for the LSAT. Different strategies work for different individuals. Below, we have outlined some of the options available. This is not an entirely comprehensive list. It is merely meant as a basic guide for those completely unfamiliar with the test and unsure where to start.
There are many different companies that offer courses on the LSAT. These courses are administered in-person and online.
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If you are not ready (or able) to shell out on an LSAT Prep Course, don’t worry! Many of our sponsors and partners offer free events and sessions that will break down basic information you should know before you write. Some sessions are designed to introduce students to study habits and tips. Stay up to date on all our upcoming events here (which include all LSAT-related events)!
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Some students prefer to study independently. They may do so with the use of prepatory textbooks or video instruction. Students who chose this route should be able to regulate their own time and schedule; students who require more guidance and structure to their learning may encounter difficulty. Those who use this method may work their way through textbooks or online materials (such as instruction videos). They will typically practice with real practice tests from previous LSAT administrations. These are sold individually and in packages (10 tests to a book) by LSAC.
Pre-Law works with many organizations who offer prepatory materials, such as explanatory videos, practice questions, and text explanations, all of which students can work through at their own pace. Materials may be paper-based or online (especially in light of the switch to the digital tablet).
For the students who are able to afford it, private tutoring can be beneficial in addressing the specific areas students are struggling with. Students can find private tutors through some large LSAT Prep companies (such as our partners) or through freelance teachers. Freelance teachers can be located through a number of online buy-and-sell platforms.