LSAT is short for Law School Admission Test. Name itself says it is mostly used for checking law school candidate`s reading comprehension, logical and verbal reasoning proficiencies. In some countries this test is standard part of law school admission process. Tests are conducted four times per year, and candidate can go to test no more that three times in two-year period, so LSAT prep is important. This test consists five 35-minute multiple choice sections (four of them are scored, and last one is experimental section) and writing sample section which also won`t be scored.
First two sections are logical reasoning (or argument) sections. They test ability to dissect and analyze arguments. Third part is reading comprehension. There are four passages to read and five to eight questions about every passage. Fourth part is about analytical reasoning. It is known as logical games section. Here you have four tasks. Each starts with premises and set of conditions about connections between subjects. Candidate`s job is to draw conclusions based on that. Interesting, and hard part, is that there is no unique answer, but more correct answers. Candidates often find this part of LSAT most difficult. Fifth part is variable section and it wont be scored. This part is used to test questions for future tests. Candidates are not informed which of five sections is this one. Last part of test is writing sample. In this part candidate gets explained problem and two possible decision making criteria. Candidate must choose one criteria and write an essay favoring that criteria. There is not “right” or “wrong” answer in this part, is must show candidate`s ability to argues his/hers position. This part is not scored, but the essay is digitally imaged and sent to admission offices along with LSAT score.
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) suggests candidates to take some preparation for the test, since there is big correlation between preparation time and result on test. Best way to prepare is taking PrepTests. They are actual tests from previous years and it is suggested to be taken under time and other conditions as real test. That is best way to see what parts are problematic and focus on them during preparing. Result scale is from 120 (not good at all) to 180 (great). Results are delivered to candidate by mail in three to four week period. Candidate has option on canceling the test in six days period after the exam. In that case, there won`t be result, just note about taking test. LSAC sends all results candidate had in past five years to school admission boards.