The LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, is a test that anyone wanting to go to law school must take for admittance. The LSAT is a standardized test that typically takes a half-day to complete and is only given four times per year. There are five sections of multiple-choice questions on the test, each taking 35 minutes to complete. The multiple-choice questions of the LSAT fall into one of three categories: reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. Being able to successfully answer these types of questions helps measure your perceived level of success in law school. One of those sections is actually not scored, and that section is typically used to introduce possible new test questions.
There is also an essay, or writing sample, portion of the test that takes 35 minutes. Although the writing section of the test is not counted towards an overall score, it is sent to all of the schools that students are applying to for admission.
Usually law schools would like for students to have taken the LSAT by the December prior to the fall that they want to be admitted. The higher your LSAT scores along with other things like your undergraduate grades in college, the better law schools you can get into. Higher LSAT scores may also lead to being offered scholarships to law school.
Helpful test taking tips are everywhere. There are a lot of books and tutors that will gladly offer words of advice to help you maximize your score. It’s important to do your studying ahead of time, because many studies show that by taking the test multiple times, you will only improve your score by a couple of points. Some of the most consistent test-taking tips include:
- Plan on taking the LSAT only once
- Take a diagnostic exam
- Start studying ahead of time
- Study one section at a time
- Time yourself during practice
- Take time to understand your mistakes
- Take as many practice tests as possible
- Simulate a test environment when taking practice tests
When you are taking the LSAT, the following tips apply:
- Do the easier questions first
- Use process of elimination
- Do not leave any empty bubbles
- Write in the test book
- Stay positive
By following these tips, you may find yourself well prepared when you sit down to take the LSAT, and soon sitting on campus at your chosen law school.