LSAT Frequently Asked Questions
What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools. The test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The LSAT 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 test is administered 4 times a year at hundreds of locations around the world. Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. (Taken from the LSAC website: www.lsac.org)
When is the LSAT Given?
The LSAT is administered 4 times per year as a paper based test. The October, December, and February LSAT dates are on Saturdays. The June exam is administered on Monday. Dates are released for the “academic year” June – May.
Who should take the LSAT?
The LSAT is required by all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools and most Canadian schools. Many other law schools also require or accept the LSAT.
What is tested on the LSAT?
Reading Comprehension Questions – Measure your ability to read and understand complex materials.
Analytical Reasoning Questions – Measure your ability to structure relationships and draw logical conclusions about relationships.
Logical Reasoning- Assess your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments after reading a short passage. Writing Sample (not scored)
How is the LSAT scored?
Scores range from 120 to 180 Your score on the LSAT is based on the number of questions you answer correctly within the 4 scored sections of the exam. You are not penalized for incorrect answers. LSAC takes your raw score and translates it to a score within the standard scale range to account for variance in difficulty on test forms. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. LSAC uses the other section to test new questions and / or question formats. You will not know which section is not being scored.
The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but is forwarded to the law schools to which you are applying.
What is a good score?
It depends. The 50th percentile for everyone that takes the test is approximately 150. However, a good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not just by a number. Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what a good score will be for you.
How much does it cost to take the LSAT?
2012-2013 Fees (June 2012 – February 2013) LSAT Registration $160 Rescheduling Fee $80 Late Registration $69 Cancellation Partial refund of test fee, minus $49 processing fee. *Current as of 06/01/2012. These figures change frequently. Encourage students to check website.
Can I retake the LSAT?
You can take the LSAT up to 3 times in a 2 year period. However, all of your scores will be reported to the schools to which you request reporting. In the event that you take the test multiple times, LSAT advises that schools take the average of your test scores as an indicator of your true ability. Many schools now only consider the higher score, but it is important to know the policy of the schools to which you apply and perform as well as possible on the exam when you take it.
How do I contact LSAT?
www.lsac.org and www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp
Can I take a practice test?
Yes. Practice tests are available free from LSAC. A previous LSAT exam is available in PDF format the LSAT website. http://www.lsac.org/jd/LSAT/lsat-prep-materials.asp
How do I register for the LSAT?
Register online at http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/test-dates-deadlines.asp.
I may need special accommodations. How do I arrange to take the test?
LSAC makes arrangements for test takers than need special accommodations. However, you must submit an Accommodations Request Packet. The website contains information about requesting accommodations and accommodations at ABA-approved law schools. You must register for the LSAT before submitting your request for accommodation ETS Disability Services