What Is the LSAT?

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Law school is a long journey that starts with taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). While there are some similarities, the LSAT differs from other common standardized tests you’ve taken in the past. We break it down, so you know what you’re getting into.

What Is the LSAT?

The LSAT is a standardized test that many law schools require for admission into their programs.  The test assesses reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiencies through four main sections: logical arguments, analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, and an essay. The full duration of the test is three hours and 30 minutes, including four 35-minute sections. Keep in mind, that there will only be limited breaks during the test. Students should fully prepare for the test before entering.

How Is the LSAT Scored?

The Law School Admission Test is different from other tests in the fact that you don’t lose points when you answer a question incorrectly, so it’s important to respond every question as accurately and quickly as you can. It’s scored on a scale of 120 to 180. Each problem adds a point toward your raw score. The Law School Admission Council then converts the raw score into one corresponding to the final scale by using a specially designed in-house formula.

What Is the Cost of the LSAT?

Currently, for 2017 and 2018, the cost of the LSAT is $180. There are other fees that you may have to pay including a charge for sending a verified report to your chosen schools. Each law school report is $35, and you must pay one for each location you wish to send it.

For those that are financially unable to pay, it may be possible to receive a free waiver through the Law School Admission Council. Only those with extreme need should apply and can do so through the LSAC website found here.

When Is the LSAT?

The LSAT is a half-day test that’s administered four times a year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Many law schools require that applicants take the test by December for admission the following fall semester. However, the LSAC encourages students to take the test as early as possible since they’re valid for five years.

You can find all the dates for anywhere in the world on the Law School Admission Council website. Some dates are only available for certain individuals. For example, LSAC has reserved some dates for Sabbath Observers only or Spanish LSAT takers only. Be sure to read over the test dates carefully to know the reporting time and the registration date. It is possible to register for your LSAT late, but there will also be a fee. If you have any questions, it’s best to contact the Law School Admission Council.

How Do I Register for the LSAT?

The easiest way to sign up for the Law School Admission Test is by signing up online through the LSAC website. However, if you are unable, you can register for your LSAT by calling the LSAC during the weekdays. You can find all information about registering here.

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