What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is an entrance exam used by law schools to make admissions decisions. Some law schools also use LSAT results in awarding merit scholarships.
The LSAT is a mostly multiple-choice test that currently includes one scored section each of
- Reading Comprehension
- Logical Reasoning
- Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)
The LSAT also includes an unscored Writing section that students must take before their scores are released. A copy of the writing sample is made available to the law schools to which a student applies.
Students also take an unidentified section of experimental multiple-choice questions whose results are not scored but are used by the company that creates the test for test design purposes.
Starting in August 2024, the LSAT will no longer include an Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) section. Instead, it will contain two Logical Reasoning sections in addition to the Reading Comprehension section.
Taking the LSAT
The LSAT is generally given over a 2 to 4 day period eight times per year. A student registers to take the LSAT during a particular month and then, if taking the LSAT remotely, has an opportunity to choose a specific day and time. Test scores are typically available about three weeks after the test date.
Ways to Take LSAT
Students may take a computer-based test at home, proctored by a live, remote proctor. This option is available at various times throughout the days that the LSAT is offered.
At a Test Center
Students may take a computer-based test at Prometric digital testing center.
Students with a documented learning disability can request to take a paper-and-pencil version of the LSAT if warranted. This option is available only to students taking the LSAT at a test center.
The LSAT Requires Students to Apply Their Knowledge to New Situations
Taking the LSAT is not the same experience for students as taking tests in school. Classroom teachers prepare their students for material-based testing. The LSAT does not require students to have any particular knowledge. Instead, the LSAT tests students’ reading comprehencion, logic, and reasoning abilities.
Preparing for and taking the test can be stressful for students, so it is important for parents to be encouraging and positive.
Our tutoring program is also designed to reduce students’ stress by showing them how to approach the different kinds of questions and giving them lots of practice while working with a tutor in a caring, supportive environment.
LSAC counts the number of correct questions on the test as a whole and then converts that raw score to a scaled score.
There is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT; a blank answer and an incorrect answer have the same effect on the score, so a student should answer all questions.
The range of scores on the LSAT is 120-180.
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