Information about the LSAT

LSAT Overview – all details about the LSAT

The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is a standardized test that lasts half a day and is a crucial component of the law school application process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. Over 100,000 applicants per year take the test at testing centers all over the world. The LSAT serves as a standardized measurement of your reading ability, verbal reasoning, as well as writing skills, all of which are used by law schools to evaluate and matriculate applicants.

  • LSAT Basics
    The LSAT is administered four times each year at designated testing centers around the world. The LSAT costs $180, and the Credential Assembly Service (optional) costs $185. CAS simplifies the application process by gathering your academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other credentials and distributing them to all the prospective schools via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LSAC combines your requisite documents into a "law school report" which law schools will request after they receive your application and test score.
  • LSAT Format
    The LSAT's multiple-choice test sections are 35 minutes each and consists of 4 main categories—Reading Comprehension (1 section), Analytical Reasoning (1 section), Logical Reasoning (2 sections) and Writing Sample (1 section). There will be an extra variable section that looks exactly like any of the other LSAT sections but will not be scored. You should still treat it as if were scored since it is impossible to know which section is for research studies. The writing section is also not scored but will still be considered as an ancillary, "soft" factor to your admissions.
  • LSAT Administration
    The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation best known for administering the LSAT. Its mission is to ease the process between law schools and their applicants. The council has currently 222 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia. All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are members of LSAC, and many non-member schools also try to utilize LSAC services. LSAC strives to provide the highest quality of products, services, and customer service to all of its users.
  • LSAT Registration
    The LSAT is offered six times per year: in June, September, November, January, March and then again in June. While in the past the LSAT was administered only four times a year, this increase to six is an attempt to accommodate students' needs with more options and flexibility. Registration for the LSAT can be completed on the website of the LSAC. Students must register for the test approximately a month and a half before their intended exam date. Alternative test dates for the Spanish LSAT and those who observe the Sabbath are available in the US, Canada, the Carribean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Central America, and Mexico. Students are strongly advised to register for the test early, as late or last-minute registration might affect their chances of being allowed to take the test despite appeals. Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. While it used to be applicants could not take the LSAT more than three times within a two-year period, as of 2018 students are now able to take the exam as many times as they want.
  • LSAT Test-Taking Strategy
    Very few people achieve their full potential on the LSAT without some preparation. The LSAC website has a full sample exam from June 2007 with comprehensive explanations, and videos offering advice on General Test Prep, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. LSAC recommends that each student take at least one practice test under timed conditions to help them estimate how much time to spend on each question, as well as to identify question types for which they might need additional practice. In addition, it is important to ensure that you are familiar with the test instructions and question types so that you can focus on the test content instead of the format itself.
  • LSAT Scores
    Your LSAT score is based on the number of questions that you answer correctly (your "raw score"). No points are deducted for incorrect answers, and all test sections are weighed the same. Raw scores are converted to an LSAT scale that ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score. The conversion of your "raw score" to the final LSAT score is accomplished through a process known as "equating," which adjusts for minor differences in difficulty between test forms.
  • LSAT History
    The LSAT was first administered in 1948, following an inquiry in 1945 by a Columbia Law School admissions director into creating a more satisfactory admissions test than the current option. Through the LSAT, the goal was to find a test that would correspond with first year grades rather than bar passage rates. Representatives from Columbia, Harvard, and Yale designed the test and in 1947, shared their model with other law schools around the country. The first administration of the LSAT occurred in 1948.
  • LSAT India
    LSAT India is a test conducted to analyze an applicant's reasoning and reading skills. LSAT India was designed by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and is administered in India by Pearson VUE. The theory behind LSAT India is democratic and inclusive, holding that students acquire critical thinking skills over their educational lifetimes that are important for the study of law. Thus, no training in any specific field or set of fields is required to do well on LSAT India – the test rewards candidates with generalized abilities adaptable to a variety of circumstances.