The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test, administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world and is routinely required for admission to law schools across the United States. The LSAT measures acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September—is often advised.
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. 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 section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
The LSAT’s website offers a variety of courses including practice tests and questions and explanations to help prepare for the exam.
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The LSAT costs $170, but other charges may apply.