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The LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, is a 3.5–hour exam run by the Law School Admissions Council.
It is arguably the most significant single factor in law school admissions. Most admissions committees weigh it just as heavily as (or more heavily than) your undergraduate GPA. Many schools also consider LSAT scores when awarding merit scholarships and grants.
How is the LSAT structured?
The LSAT includes approximately 100 multiple-choice questions designed to gauge your reading comprehension, reasoning and analytical skills. It also includes an unscored 35 minute essay.
How is the LSAT scored?
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with the median score being 151. You need to get about 56 questions right (out of 101) to get that median score of 151. Very few people get a perfect score, mainly because the test is designed so that very few people can correctly answer all the questions, let alone do so in the time allotted. Correct responses count equally, and you will not lose points for incorrect or blank responses.
Along with your LSAT score, you will receive a percentile ranking that compares your performance with that of everyone else who has taken the LSAT for the previous three years.
When is the LSAT given?
When it comes to the LSAT, timing is very important. The test is administered four times a year — February, June, September/October and December. Typically, students applying for regular fall admission to a law program take the test either the previous June or October. You can take the test in December, but many schools will have filled at least a portion of their seats by the time your scores hit the admissions office. Learn more about LSAT test dates or visit www.lsac.org to register.
How can I prepare for the LSAT?
To know your new enemy, take our free LSAT practice test. Or check out our LSAT prep courses.