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What's the LSAT?

The LSAT is the Law School Admission Test, consisting of four scored 35-minute multiple choice sections that include one reading component, one analytic reasoning portion, and two logical reasoning sections. There is one multiple choice section that is experimental and unscored, but students do not know which of the five sections on the test is the experimental and unscored one. In other words, students take five multiple choice sections, four of which are scored. Students also take an unscored 35-minute writing sample, of which copies are sent to each law school to which they apply. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180, and the average score is 150.

When should I take the LSAT?

Take the LSAT only when you are ready, and allow plenty of time to prepare. Most students need six to eight months of intensive study, and it is not unusual for students to spend a year studying for the LSAT. NEVER take the LSAT for practice.

When is the LSAT offered?

The LSAT is offered in February, June, September, and December. It is recommended that you take the LSAT no later than June of the year that you apply to law school. Taking the LSAT in September is possible, but you may be busier and have less time to prepare since the semester will be underway. If you take the LSAT in December, you will not be able to apply early to law school.

How do I register to take it?

Register for the LSAT online at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website four to five weeks before the test.

Should I enroll in a commercial LSAT preparation course?

Commercial test preparation courses can't hurt you, but there is no substitute for diligent and disciplined studying and taking practice tests. Some students study alone or with a group, and there are several online resources and preparation books available.

May I take the LSAT more than once?

Yes, but you should strive to take the test only once. All LSAT scores are reported to law schools to which you apply, and most tend to average your scores. In general, students' scores do not significantly improve in subsequent exams, unless they have a substantial reason for not performing well the first time (such as illness). NEVER take the LSAT for practice.

For how long is an LSAT score applicable?

Five years, though many law schools will not accept scores older than three years.

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