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How to take the LSAT:

  • Learn about the LSAT & decide if you want to take it
  • Make a schedule
  • Get some books, maybe use a prep company
  • Study really hard
  • Rock the LSAT

Learn about the LSAT

LSAT stands for Law School Admission Test. It is the test that almost all law schools want to see when you apply. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) states that: “The purpose of the LSAT is to test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school.”

This might be true, but really the point of taking the LSAT is to get the best score possible, get into the best law school possible, and get as much financial aid as possible.

Scores range from 120-180. To see what schools people have gotten into with different scores, GPAs, and other stats you can check out others’ self-reported infohere.

Honestly, if you are here, then the answer is probably, yes. In general, if you are thinking about going to law school then you should consider taking the LSAT. At least find a practice test and take a diagnostic to see if it is something that you would enjoy studying more.

The LSAT is a learnable test and preparation is key.

The sooner you decide if you want to take the LSAT, the more time you'll have to study and do well.

There are a lot of ways to prepare. Some are free, some cost a little, and some cost a lot. Regardless of what tools you use, focused studying is the most important piece of preparation. We made an easy guide that helps to compare the major test preparation tools. You can find ithere.

Khan Academy is a great place to start. Their program was made in collaboration with LSAC and is free. The first step with Khan is a scored diagnostic test, so even if you don’t want to use them to study, you should still check it out. We recommend taking your diagnostic test in conditions as close to a real test as possible.

The LSAT is a two-part test.

Multiple-choice portion

The first part is the only part that impacts your official LSAT score. It is a multiple-choice exam that includes four 35-minute sections, each containing one type of question. The three types of questions are reading comprehension, analytical reasoning AKA Logic Games, and logical reasoning questions.

Although there are three types of questions, the multiple choice part has four 35-minute sections. The fourth section is an unscored experimental section that is used to validate new questions. The unscored section can appear in any order among the four sections of the test. That means the first section of the test might be unscored, or the fourth, and you have no way of knowing which one it is, so you have to take them all like they matter!

Written portion

The writing portion is mandatory but unscored. LSAC sends your essay to schools along with your LSAT score.


COVID NOTE: The LSAT used to be five sections, but due to COVID the LSAC dropped it down to four. When it was five sections, there were always at least two logical reasoning sections. Additionally, now through at least June of 2022 the test is being administered remotely. This means that you take it at home on your own computer. LSAC has stated that: “Depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves, we may also provide an option to take the LSAT at test centers.”

Generally, it is good to take the LSAT sooner rather than later, but there is a balance between taking it early, and making sure you are prepared so that you can get the best score possible.

Ideally, you would take the LSAT and have an official score before October, assuming you're applying this year. This way, you'll have time to take the LSAT again if you are unsatisfied with your first score.

Without a doubt, you should take a diagnostic test as soon as you are thinking about law school so that you can determine the best way to prepare, and decide when you want to take an official test. We are working on some recommendation tools to help you determine when you should take a test and when you should prepare more.

No, LSAC will send the scores from each of the official LSATs you have taken. 

However, law schools only look at your highest score, unless you are an extreme outlier.

You can cancel your test after you take it, but before you get your score. We generally recommend against cancelling your score. We know people felt like they did terribly and then ended up receiving their highest score ever.

You should take the LSAT as many times as makes sense for you, financially and score-wise.

Law schools only look at your highest score, unless you are an extreme outlier.

LSAC imposes the following limits:

  • Three times in a single testing year
  • Five times within the last five years
  • Seven times maximum

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CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
i've gotten into washu, asu, and cornell
No, I don't think I asked it lolll
Wtf! Cornell! Congrats! Any aid?
Can I ask your LSAT?
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
not yet they're making me apply for ittttttttttt which is annoying
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
yea i'll dm!
cool!
GreatSelectiveDolphin
19:45
Hello all, I saw the above that said LSAT/applicant numbers are down, where did y'all see that or is that from general observation of this site?
RubberGooseChocolateMoose
19:51
it doesnt matter medians are going up
RubberGooseChocolateMoose
19:51
i wouldnt waste time reading it
want2belawyer
19:55
do all law schools have the same fafsa due date?
want2belawyer
21:57
brutal!
Aren't medians expected to be up at this point for the first couple weeks of admissions? Because they're accepting the top scores right now? So if scores are overall down that's good for us?
tbh it's hard to speculate
23:26
RubberGoose is perpetually dooming about medians it's kind of a meme, medians certainly won't be up and may be down
23:27
I mean a few schools might go up as an anomaly but it seems every indication is the general trend will be down for LSAT medians
23:27
GPA... eh
GreatSelectiveDolphin
0:33
GPA will prolly be a bit down especially for younger folks, this age group was stuck in COVID-conditions in uni for like 2 years lmao
GreatSelectiveDolphin
0:34
idk about LSAT I haven't seen a ton of firm numbers so far.
pablo
2:48
has anyone gotten their LSAC status checkers to work on here?
hennes
4:19
Back on CEST. Gm everyone
9:34
Medians will be hold generally, with the exception of WUSTL which will get a 173 (+1)
9:35
Source: Trust me bro
9:54
wait medians are going up?
9:54
I thought they would hold
medians will probably hold for t20 and go down a bit for everything under that
even tho the volume is closing in on last year, there is a significant drop in lsat scores between 160 - 170
so all those mid range schools will have to shell out big schollys to keep their medians or shrink the class size
SuspiciousPumpkins
10:42
reminder to anyone reading this chat worrying about medians - literally none of these people have any idea where the medians will actually end up
I think the only thing worth considering when projecting current cycle medians are # of apps relative to the previous year. Based upon that, we can expect T20 medians to hold or drop slightly. That’s it, that’s the most we can say. Doesn’t mean it’s right, just means we have some evidence to suggest that.