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LSAT Test Prep

Over the past several years, the number of students applying to law school has skyrocketed across the country, with several of the top programs reporting double-digit increases in 2009 and 2010.

What Is On The LSAT?

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) tests three subjects: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning (often called “logic games”), and Logical Reasoning. The test is broken into five, 35-question sections: one on Reading Comprehension, one on Analytical Reasoning, two on Logical Reasoning, and one experimental multiple-choice section, plus the ungraded Writing Sample. Section order varies by test date, though the Writing Sample will always appear last. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the LSAT and does not count toward the final score.

Though the LSAT contains 3 hours and 30 minutes of material, once you factor in breaks and orientation, you’re looking at 4 hours and 15 minutes from start to finish.

You will receive one point for each correct answer, zero points for each incorrect answer, and zero points for any unanswered questions. The LSAT is scored by adding the total number of points for each section, and then converting this raw score total into a scaled score between 120-180.

The national average is 151, but for the top programs are looking for scores in the 165-176 range.

Logical Reasoning

  • Length: 35 min.
  • Item Types: Multiple-choice questions, two sections

Each logical reasoning question requires you to read short passages, and then answer questions about those passages. The questions test a variety of skills necessary to reasoning logically and thinking critically.

Reading Comprehension

  • Length: 35 min.
  • Item Types: Four passages, multiple-choice questions, one section

Here you will be given four medium-length passages (400-500 words), each of which will be followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning skills.

Analytical Reasoning

  • Length: 35 min.
  • Item Types: Four “games,” multiple-choice questions, one section

In these “logic games,” you will be asked to make deductions from a set of statements, rules, or conditions that describe relationships among entities such as persons, places, things, or events. The games simulate the kinds of detailed analyses of relationships that a law student must perform in solving legal problems.

Writing Sample

  • Length: 35 min.
  • Item Types: Essay, ungraded

For this section, which will always appear last, you will be presented with a problem and two possible solutions; in your essay you will argue for one over the other. Though this section is ungraded, it is digitally imaged and sent to all admissions offices along with your LSAT scores. According to one recent survey, 75% of law school admissions officers use the LSAT writing sample when evaluating applicants, so it’s worth putting effort into.

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