The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). You must take the LSAT in order to be admitted to law school, and the test is given four times a year—in June, September/October, December, and February.
- Your LSAT score informs law schools of your logical and verbal reasoning skills.
- As such, it tests your ability to read and comprehend complex texts, think critically, draw inferences, and analyze and evaluate arguments.
- The test includes reading comprehension questions, logical reasoning questions, and analytical reading questions. These questions are interspersed throughout five multiple-choice sections.
- Four of the five multiple-choice sections are scored and one is unscored.
- The unscored section is used for experimental test-development purposes. The test also includes an unscored writing section. The writing section is scanned and sent to the law schools of your choice.
- Each section takes 35 minutes, but you should plan to spend a half day completing the test. You are not penalized for guessing on answers, so you should try to answer every question.
The LSAT costs $180. In addition, auxiliary fees might be added to this amount depending on your situation. You can register online or by mail. You cannot take the LSAT more than three times in two years. Law schools receive reports containing scaled scores converted from the raw scores, using a statistical process called equating. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180, and the median score is 151. You can find the official website for the LSAT at www.LSAC.org.