Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the LSAT

LSAT Registration FAQs

What are the available methods of LSAT registration?

The best way is to set up an account on the LSAC website and register online, which can be done 24/7. Phone registration at (215) 968-1001 is the only other option, and the hours for this are limited (weekdays 8:30 am to 6:00 pm from September through the following February and weekdays 8:30 am to 4:45 pm from March through August).

What should I have with me when I register?

An LSAC-approved identification document, an original photograph (not the one on your ID), and a credit card.

How much does it cost to sign up for the LSAT?

The current registration base fee is $190. There are additional charges for any registration changes or optional services (such as test change fees and handscoring fees).

How long do I have to cancel my LSAT registration?

Until 11:59 pm the night before the test. If you don't cancel and don't show up, you will be marked "absent," and your absence will be indicated on your score report.

I don't see the answer to my question. Where can I go for more information?

More information on LSAT registration is available here, here, and here.

LSAT Administration FAQs

Where can I take the LSAT?

In the United States, the LSAT is widely available at test centers in all 50 states. There are also a number of test centers overseas, but test dates tend to be harder to come by in other countries. Most test centers are located in or near major cities.

I just heard about the digital LSAT. What's up with that?

As of September 2019, the LSAT is digital-only for test-takers in North America. This means that students take the test on a tablet rather than in pencil-and-paper format. The exam itself (structure, content, and timing) has not changed.

How long can I expect to be at the test center on the day of the test?

Counting the check-in procedure and breaks, you'll be there about five hours.

Is there a limit on how many times I can take the LSAT?

There was for a long time, but LSAC recently changed its policy, and there are now no official limits on retakes.

I still haven't learned what I came to this page to find out. What should I do now?

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LSAT Scoring FAQs

How is the LSAT scored?

From 120 to 180 in one-point increments.

What will my LSAT score report include?

A scaled score (120-180), percentile ranking, average score for all test attempts, and score band.

What's a good LSAT score?

170-180 is terrific, 160-169 is good to very good, 150-159 is average to slightly above average, and below 150 is below average.

Where are the best places to find out about the LSAT scores a given school wants?

Start by reviewing the information on the school's website (look for the Standard 509 Information Report, which will have GPA and LSAT data for admitted students). You can also use LSAC's admission calculator, which will allow you to learn acceptance odds at most ABA-accredited programs.

You're 0 for 4 on my question. What else ya got?

We extensively cover a large number of LSAT scoring topics here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

LSAT Acceptance FAQs

What about law schools in Canada and other countries?

In Canada, it depends on the program (the LSAT is OK for common-law programs, but not for other types of legal study). The LSAT is accepted by some law schools in Australia. The LSAT India is available for admission to selected Indian law schools. There is also a Spanish LSAT that may be taken by applicants to three law schools in Puerto Rico. The LSAT isn’t used by law schools elsewhere in the world.

If I want to go to law school in the United States, do I have to take the LSAT?

About 40 U.S. law schools now accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and the number keeps growing. Did you mean that you want to go to law school without taking a standardized test at all? Sorry, you're out of luck (as far as we know, all U.S. programs either require the LSAT or give their applicants a choice between the LSAT and the GRE).

How well does the LSAT predict law school grades?

According to LSAC, pretty well, but what do you expect them to say? There isn't a lot of independent research on LSAT validity, but there are criticisms of LSAC's validity claims.

You still haven't answered my question. Where should I go?

More information on LSAT acceptance topics may be found here, here, here, here, and here.