The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) plays a major role in the admission process for most American Bar Association-approved law schools and Canadian Law Schools.
This article aims to give you the ins and outs of the LSAT, so you can be prepared when it’s time to take the test.
The LSAT determines your readiness for law school. The test itself is composed of five sections: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, Writing, and two Logical Reasoning Segments. You have 35 minutes to complete each individual section.
The LSAT score you get on the test relies on how many questions you answered correctly. Each section of the test is graded exactly the same. Meaning, that some questions are not graded with lower or higher qualifications. The good news is that no deduction is implemented on questions that are answered incorrectly. So go ahead, and guess if you have to!
The raw scores you get on the test are converted to an LSAT scale that ranges from 120 to 180 points. Keep in mind that 120 is the lowest possible score while 180 is the highest possible score.
When should I expect my test scores to be released?
If you have an LSAC.org account, you will receive your test scores in your email within 3 weeks of taking the test. However, if you don’t have an account, you will receive your score report by mail about 4 weeks after each test.
*Your scores will only get released to you and the law schools you applied for.*
What’s the cost?
There are multiple basic fees and packages. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the basic fees of the exam cost $200 which includes the LSAT. If you are interested in other exam packages, check them out at LSAT (Fees and Refunds).
Where and how to register?
The test is administered at many locations throughout the globe. In order to register for the LSAT, you will need to create an LSAC.org account. After that’s done, you can register for the LSAT over the phone or by visiting the online platform at LSAC.org.
After you register, the next step is to practice, practice and practice
Getting ready for this important test just got much easier. Khan Academy has partnered up with LSAC to provide students with a FREE official online LSAT Prep program. Through this free platform, you will have access to a personalized practice plan that consists of an official test and practice problems. So don’t be afraid to check it out and incorporate it into your study guide.
We put together a couple of tips that will help you prepare for success!
1. Plan ahead
Before you indulge yourself in a strict study plan, make sure to know where you stand. Let me explain myself. I strongly suggest that you plan out your daily routines.
Get yourself an agenda. You should try to get in the habit of writing things down on your agenda. If you are going to the gym, write it down. If you are having out with friends, write it down. Are you planning to take a nap? Write it down. Getting in the habit of writing your daily routines down will help you better manage your time, especially when it’s time to study for this exam.
2. Don’t procrastinate
If you know your test date is coming up then avoid distractions. Allow me to elaborate. If your friends invite you to the movies or to hang out, tell them that you need to study. After all, they should know how important this exam is for your law career.
Take time off to study. I suggest you start studying at least six weeks in advance. Whether you start studying for an hour a day or five hours a day, getting some practice each day is what’s important.
Studying will give you a better sense of which sections on the test you need more practice or help with. It’s important to know what are your strengths and/or weaknesses to ensure you focus your study on your weak areas.
Note: You can still have a social life as long as you prioritize your academics.
3. Day of the exam
I know you probably have heard this since you were in elementary but go to bed early. You will be surprised at how great at least 8 hours of sleep the night before an important exam can make you feel. Don’t get me wrong, you probably feel super stressed out- but it has been scientifically proven that a good night’s sleep can help your brain perform at its highest capacity. To help reduce your level of stress, consider meditating or doing an activity that helps you relax, like working out.
In the morning, be sure to eat something for breakfast. It could be something like yogurt with fruit or a bowl of cereal, anything is better than nothing. Eating something for breakfast will give you the energy you need to keep your brain active and ready. Since the test will take about 3 to 4 hours, consider bringing water and a snack with you.
4. Take the exam seriously
Most schools have their own grading system. For instance, some will take the overall average, some will take the most recent score and others will take the highest score. To know which grading system the schools you are interested in are the following, contact them directly.
Even if you plan to take the exam multiple times, make sure to give it your best shot on every try. Per the September 2019 test administration, you can only take the test three times per testing year (June 1 to May 31). Over your lifetime, you are only permitted to take the test 7 times. So treat each test you take as if it’s your last one.
5. Ask for help
If you need help studying, consider signing up for a test prep course or tutoring. If these options aren’t appealing, consider asking one of your department teachers for help or starting a study group. They will be more than happy to give you some advice based on their personal experience and years in the field. This whole process can be very overwhelming so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
The registration for the September 2020 – April 2021 LSAT is now open, so go ahead and apply. In the end, all your hard work will pay off and you will get the test scores you deserve. We wish you the best of luck!