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Scoring and Preparation of the LSAT

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 The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardized test that is required for admission to law school. The test is divided into five 35-minute sections. There is one reading comprehension section, like the SAT, and three sections which test logical analysis. The fifth section consists of possible questions for future tests and does not contribute to your own score. There is also a 30-minute "writing sample" section to measure your writing skills and ability to express ideas. Although this section is not scored, it will be sent to the law schools you applied to. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180 (the average score is 151). Scores arrive in approximately five weeks.

Registration -- The test is offered four times a year (June, October, December and February). The best time to take the test is in June between your junior and senior year. Registration for he LSAT is relatively easy. LSAT booklets are available from your pre-law adviser or in the Career Center. They contain sample questions and other information. You can register for the test by mail, telephone or on the Internet. To register online, it takes about 15 minutes and can be done at http://www.lsac.org. The cost is $88 and includes one report. Late registrants must pay a late fee of $53.

The Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) provides a report to each school you apply to. The report contains college transcripts, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and an undergraduate academic summary. Most law schools require that you subscribe to the LSDAS. You do not have to subscribe when you register for the LSAT, as long as you do so well before your first law school deadline. Applications are available in the LSAT booklet. The 12-month subscription to the LSDAS costs $95 and includes on report. If you are applying to more than one school, it is $9 for each additional report.

Helpful Hints -- (1) You can't really study for the LSAT because it is an aptitude test. However, you can prepare for the types of questions that it asks by using the study guide. (2) Do not take the LSAT for practice! All the scores are reported to the schools you selected and an average score is taken. It is better to take practice exams instead and prepare that way.

Review Materials -- There are several review materials available to prepare for the LSAT. The LSAC offers the PrepTest. It is an actual LSAT administered on the test date. You can time yourself and practice as though you were taking the real thing. Each PrepTest contains a writing sample and an answer key. They are available through http://www.lsac.org. Another option for preparing for the LSAT is a review course offered through Princeton Review or Kaplan. The Princeton Review courses lasts one month and costs $965. You can register online at http://www.princetonreview.com. Princeton Review also offers an online course ($499) as well as a LiveOnline course ($999). Their website also includes a sample test. Kaplan offers LSAT prep courses at Meredith. The one month course costs $999. An online course is available through Kaplan and costs $499.



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