The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is an exam that applicants take to apply to law school. Some law schools also accept the GRE but the LSAT is generally preferred. The test consists of three sections, however, the Analytical Reasoning section is being eliminated starting in August of 2024 and being replaced by an additional Logical Reasoning section.
- Logical Reasoning
- Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing section (not scored)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do I take the LSAT?
- Students register to take the LSAT through their LSAC account
- Currently you can take the exam either online or in-person
How many times can I take the LSAT?
- Can take a maximum of 3 times in a single testing year
- You are limited to 5 exams in 5 years
- You have a lifetime limit of 7 exams in your life
- Most applicants take the LSAT twice
- May & June are popular dates since that gives time to retake in the fall if needed
How long should I study for the LSAT?
- Everybody is different, but most experts recommend studying for the LSAT for 3-4 months. A total of 150-300 hours studying is usually what leads students to be successful.
When should I take the LSAT?
- The LSAT is offered 9 times every year
- If you are attending law school immediately after college, plan to take the LSAT during the spring of your junior year or the summer before your senior year, so it is complete when you apply to law schools that fall. This is ideal because you can continue to study and retake the exam if you are unhappy with your original score without impacting your timeline.
- If you plan to take a gap year, (or years) you can still take the LSAT during your undergraduate career, since your score is good for 5 years. Many students also choose to use their gap year to study for the exam and prepare applications.
- Remember, everybody’s path is different!
How is the LSAT scored?
- The LSAT is scored from 120-180, with a score of about 150 being average.
What can I use to study?
- Kahn Academy (free)
- Law Hub (free on LSAC)
- 7 Sage
- Princeton Review
- LSAT Demon
- The LSAT Trainer
- PowerScore Books
- LSAT Max
Will law schools see all of my scores?
- All of your LSAT scores are seen by law schools, unless you purchase the LSAT Preview for $45 which allows you to see your score before it is reported.
- Some law schools will average all of your scores, but most will just consider your highest score.
- If there is a significant jump in your LSAT score, consider writing an addendum to explain this.