The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an exam created by the Law School Admission Council to measure a graduate student's readiness for the academic work required in law school. It is used by law school admissions departments to compare students by using a single, standardized test. The LSAT focuses on language skills and logical reasoning.
The LSAT is offered four times per academic year: June, September, December and February. Dates vary slightly based on country, and alternative dates are offered for students who observe a Saturday Sabbath.
The LSAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes long.
The LSAT costs $180. Low-income students can apply for a waiver to take the test for free up to two times.
The LSAT is offered in many locations across the country and around the world. Testing centers are typically located at colleges and universities, though not every testing center offers the LSAT on all possible test dates. To find a convenient testing center, search online by state and test date. It is also possible for students who live more than 100 miles from a standard testing center to request an alternate, unpublished testing location for an additional fee.
A free LSAC account is required to register for the LSAT online. Online registration requires the ability to upload a passport-style photo and payment by credit card. It's also possible to register for the LSAT by mail or by phone at (215) 968-1001.
What Is On the LSAT
The LSAT consists of five multiple-choice sections, only four of which are scored:
- The Reading Comphrension section
- The Analytical Reading section
- Two Logical Reasoning sections
The fifth section contains unscored trial questions that may be used on future LSAT exams.
There is also an essay section. Though it does not receive a score, each essay is sent to law schools as a writing sample.
How the LSAT Is Scored
The LSAT is scored on a 120-180 point scoring system. The test is graded as a whole, and all questions are weighted equally. There are no individual section scores provided.
There are no penalties for leaving a question blank or for incorrect answers. Because points are awarded only for correct answers, it is better to guess than to leave any answers blank.
Retaking the LSAT?
Many students retake the LSAT to improve their scores; however, students may not choose which scores to send to law schools. The Law School Admission Council score report includes all individual LSAT scores (up to a total of 12 exams) as well as the average score of all LSAT exams taken. Also included in the score report is a student's percentile rank, which shows how his or her score ranks among others who have taken the LSAT over the past three years. Finally, the LSAT also includes a "score band," a range of scores that shows where a students would likely fall upon retaking the LSAT.