The LSAT is a paper-based standardized test required by law schools and is given four times a year on set dates. It is a half-day test that provides a standard measure of reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations around the world. It contains no math section. It tests logical reasoning, argument analysis, reading comprehension, and writing. The test has four main sections, an experimental section, and a writing sample, shown below, in no particular order.
The format of the test is as follows:
1. Argument I (24-26 questions) 35 min
2. Argument II (24-26 questions) 35 min
3. Reading comprehension (26-28 questions) 35 min
4. Logic games (23-24 questions) 35 min
5. Experimental Section (could be any one of the above sections)
Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or October—is often advised.
For more information on the LSAT, or to sign up for the test, please click here for the LSAT’s official web site.