We have the answers to your questions about the content, structure and the types of questions you'll see on the the LSAT, as well as the costs and when to take the exam. Law school is the next step
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Common Questions about 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.
Reading Comprehension measures your ability to read and understand complex materials.
Analytical Reasoning measures your ability to structure relationships and draw logical conclusions about
Logical Reasoning assesses your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments after reading a short passage.
Check the LSAC website for test, cancellation, fees and other fees.
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.
A good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.
Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and
an average to get a better idea of what a good score will be for you. The 50th percentile for everyone that takes the test is approximately 150.
You can contact LSAC at 215-968-1001 or visit the LSAC website.
Practice tests are available free from LSAC. A previous LSAT exam is available in
PDF format at the LSAC website.
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.