If so, you are probably wondering why every prelaw student keeps talking about prepping for this crazy test called the LSAT at all hours of the night.
What is the LSAT?
According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the people who invented the test, the Law School Admissions Test (aka. LSAT) is a “half-day standardized test administered four times a year” that “provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.”
Many law schools say the three factors that carry the most weight in admissions are an applicant’s
- Bachelor’s degree GPA
- LSAT score and
- Personal statement.
In other words, your LSAT score is a crucial and important part of your law school application.
But what exactly is on the test?
Glad you asked. The LSAT is comprised of the following.
- One Reading Comprehension section
- One Analytical Reasoning (aka Logic Games) section
- Two Logical Reasoning sections
- One more of any of the above sections that is unscored (used to test new questions)
- One Writing Sample section
Each section lasts 35 minutes.
You don’t know which of the sections is the unscored one, so try to do well on all of them.
The writing section is unscored but a copy of your writing sample is sent to all the law schools you apply to. I have heard from several law school admissions officers that the writing sample is looked at when the admissions committee has concerns or questions about the applicant’s writing ability. They will compare the writing style and diction of the writing sample to see if it matches, in general, the writing style and diction of the personal statement. So, even though it is not scored, you should still try to do your best on the writing section.
That’s the LSAT in a nutshell, folks. In future posts, we’ll discuss when to take the LSAT, money-saving LSAT prep tips, and more. Make sure you don’t miss a single post! Scroll to the bottom and SUBSCRIBE.
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