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What is the LSAT?

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world.  The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

Read more at LSAC > About the LSAT.



Format

The LSAT is delivered in paper-pencil format, and is comprised of the following sections:
  • Logic Games (22-24 questions) = 35 minutes
  • Logical Reasoning (two 35 minute sections of 24-26 questions each) = 70 minutes total
  • Reading Comprehension (26-28 questions) = 35 minutes
  • Unscored Experimental (will be another Logic Games, Logical Reasoning, or Reading Comprehension section) = 35 minutes
  • Writing Sample (1 essay) = 35 minutes
With the exception of the Writing Sample, which will always be last, the 5 multiple choice sections can appear in any order.  Students in the same testing room will have varying experimental sections in both type and placement.

The exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes long, including a 15-minute break after Section III.



When is the LSAT?

The LSAT is administered four times a year (once in February, once in June, once in September/October, and once in December).  Known administrations for the 2013-2014 testing cycle include:
  • Monday, June 10th, 2013
  • Saturday, October 5th, 2013 (Monday, October 7th for Saturday Sabbath observers)
  • Saturday, December 7th, 2013 (Monday, December 9th for Saturday Sabbath observers)
  • Saturday, February 8th, 2014 (Monday, February 10th for Saturday Sabbath observers)
Visit the LSAC's Test Dates and Deadlines page.


Registration and Fees

To register for the LSAT, visit LSAC > The LSAT > Test Dates and Deadlines and click the "Register Now" button.

The regular LSAT registration fee is $160.

For Law School Credential Assembly Service and other fees, including Test Center Change and Test Date Change fees, see the LSAC Fees page.



On Test Day
  • Bring at least one form of current, government-issued photo ID, a recent passport-type photograph, your LSAT admission ticket, sharpened #2 pencils, a highlighter (optional), erasers (optional), pencil sharpener (optional), and an analog timer (optional but highly recommended).
  • There is a 15-minute break given after Section III.

For more on acceptable forms of ID, prohibited items, and what to expect on Test Day, visit LSAC > LSAT > Day of the Test.


LSAT Scoring

What is the average LSAT score?

The LSAT is scored on a 120-180 scale, with a 151 marking the 50th percentile, and a 164 marking the 90th percentile.  Top schools will require scores at a 167 (95th percentile) or above.  Because the test is only comprised of about 100 scored questions, achieving just two or three more correct answers can greatly increase your competitiveness in the application process.  Schools requirements vary greatly, and so adequate research is necessary to determine the goal score for you.

What score are law schools looking for?

The LSAC has provided a helpful search tool to aid you in your research.  Enter your undergraduate cumulative GPA and expectant (or actual) LSAT score, and you’ll be returned your statistical odds of admissions at most law schools in the country.

You may also c
lick on your state, select any school, and then click on ABA Law School Data.

How do I interpret my score?

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