How does the LSAT work?
The LSAT takes roughly half a day to
complete. Scores range from 120-180; the mean score is a
151. It has 6 components:
There are 4 scored sections of multiple choice questions on
every LSAT. Each of these sections lasts 35 minutes.
* Logical Reasoning (2 sections): In these sections,
arguments are presented in short reading passages. The
questions are designed to determine whether you can
understand the argument's point, follow the chain of
reasoning, recognize weaknesses in the argument, or draw
inferences from the given evidence and premises.
* Reading Comprehension: This section presents you with four
samples of scholar-quality compositions. Six or seven
questions then correspond to each sample. These questions
test your ability to do things like understand the reading
passage, define a word based on its context, infer ideas not
explicitly stated in the reading, or recognize the structure
and organization of the reading.
* Analytical Reasoning: This section offers 4 or 5 logic
puzzles and corresponding questions. These puzzles usually
present a series of statements and requirements regarding
several people, places, or things who share certain
relationships and/or preferences. The questions require you
to make inferences from the information provided.
In addition, there are two unscored sections on every LSAT.
* Experimental Section: There is an unscored 35 minute
multiple choice section on every LSAT that is used to field
test new questions for future exams. This section will look
exactly like a Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, or
Analytic Reasoning section, and you will not know which
section will be scored and which will not.
* Writing Sample: The 30 minute writing sample, used to
measure your ability to efficiently arrange and clearly
express your ideas and argument, is also unscored (and bears
considerably less weight on your chances of acceptance at
law school), but it is sent to each law school to which you