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(page 1 of 4, from Chapter 1 of the LSAT Center Course)
1. Intro to the LSAT 
   2. LSAT Scores    3. LSAT Sections    4. Test Taking tips

lsat-intro

The LSAT is exceedingly important for your admissions chances and it is the most important admissions factor at most law schools. It is administered by the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) four times each year (February, June, October, and December)

If you took the SAT to get into college, then you know the routine. The test is a similar experience, but the LSAT is much harder.

The Bad News: Taking the LSAT is a marathon. The tests are a total of 175 minutes long and the writing sample is 30 minutes long. Add to that some administrative work and a break and the whole LSAT test day "experience" will take you about 4 to 5 hours. You will have to take practice tests in blocks of several hours to simulate the test day experience.

The Good News: The LSAT doesn't tend to change much from year to year. It has been essentially the same test for over 20 years. This means that if you take enough practice tests and learn the right strategies, you can effectively prepare for the test. The LSAT is a "beatable" test (unlike the GMAT and SAT, where prep companies can't help as much). Companies like Kaplan have spent decades decoding the LSAT and it is no wonder why tens of thousands of students use them every year.


The LSAT Test Sections

The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections with a total of about 101 questions.

Section

 # of sections

 # of questions

 length

content
Logical Reasoning (Arguments)

 2

 24-26

 35 min

 analyze statements for logical errors
Analytical Reasoning (Games)

 1

24

 35 min

solve complex logical deductive puzzles
Reading Comprehension

 1

 26-28

 35 min

read passages and answer questions
Experimental

 1

Depends on section

 35 min

Depends on section
Writing Sample

1

 1

 30 min

Write an essay on a topic

In addition to the above multiple choice sections (Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, Reading Comprehension), you will have to produce a Writing Sample short essay. The essay is not scored, but it is sent with your application to law schools. Law schools usually do not use it as a significant part of your admissions process. Nevertheless, it is important to put effort into writing this essay in the off chance that it is read. Since many people use admissions consultants to write their admissions essays, the LSAT essay is the one place where admissions evaluators can see how you actually write.


>> Continue to the LSAT Scores & Admissions (page 2 of 4, Chapter 1)

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