The LSAT is an exceedingly important part of your application to law school, and for most law schools, it is the most important admissions factor. 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, a break, and the whole LSAT test day “experience” will take you 4 to 5 hours. Any practice tests you take will be administered 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 – 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.