The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Most law schools in the United States and Canada use LSAT results as part of their admission process. All LSAC-member schools require applicants to take the LSAT.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this variable section in the LSAT will vary for each administration of the test.
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with 180 being the highest possible score. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies are sent to all law schools to which a candidate applies.
– Information taken from © 2011 Law School Admission Council, Inc.
|SECTION||QUESTION TYPE||NO. OF QUESTIONS||ALLOTTED TIME|
|Logical Reasoning I||Argument-based multiple choice||24-26 questions||35 minutes|
|Logical Reasoning II||Argument-based multiple choice||24-26 questions||35 minutes|
|Analytical Reasoning||Multiple-choice based on Logic Games passages||23-24 questions||35 minutes|
|Reading Comprehension||Passage-based multiple-choice||26-28 questions||35 minutes|
|Experimental Section||Another Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, or Reading Comprehension section||24-28 questions||35 minutes|
|Writing Sample||Essay writing||1 essay||35 minutes|
|Total Time (with breaks)||3.5 hours (approx.)|