The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a multiple choice exam administered at locations throughout the United States. The test is offered 4 times per year and is a standard admissions requirement for American law schools.

Format

Section Name # of Sections # of Questions Time Description
Logical Reasoning 2 24-26 each 35 minutes each Questions test the student’s ability to analyze an argument. Each question presents a short passage and then asks a multiple choice question about it.
Analytical Reasoning 1 22-24 35 minutes Commonly referred to as the Logic Games section, students are presented with 4 scenarios and asked a series of multiple choice questions that test their understanding of each scenario based on the rules supplied.
Reading Comprehension 1 26-28 35 minutes Students are presented with 4 reading passages and are asked a series of multiple choice questions about the passage. This section is similar to the Reading Comprehension section on other standardized tests, such as the SAT.
Variable (experimental) 1 Varies 35 minutes This section is not scored and is an experimental section used by the testmakers to test new problems. It will very closely resemble one of the scored sections.
Essay 1 1 question 30 minutes A short scenario is presented and the student is required to write an essay that analyzes or takes a position on the argument. This section is not scored, but a copy is sent to law schools along with the LSAT score.

Scoring

Students receive a score of 120-180 based on their performance on the four multiple choice sections of the exam. All multiple choice questions have an equal value on the test. The essay section is not scored, but is sent to law schools with the numerical score.

How is the score calculated?

The LSAT score is calculated by first calculating a raw score (# of questions correct) and then converting this number into a scaled score (120-180). The conversion is made based on the relative performance of all people who took that particular exam.

What is a good LSAT score?

While determining what constitutes a “good” LSAT score is dependent on the goals and abilities of the individual student, the following information may be helpful in understanding what a scaled LSAT score means:

• Only the top 1% of test takers achieve a score of 172 or above.

• A score of 160 will be in roughly the 80th percentile (top 20% of scores).

• A score of 150 is average (50th percentile).

• The average LSAT score for admitted students at Harvard Law School is 174.

• The average LSAT score for admitted students at Fordham Law School is 166.

• The average LSAT score for admitted students at Pace University Law School is 154.

 

Test Dates

The LSAT is offered 4 times per year in the following months:

• October

• December

• February

• June