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LSAT: Test Logistics

WHAT IS THE LSAT?

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test required for admission to U.S. law schools. It tests reading comprehension, critical thinking and analytical skills, and logical and verbal reasoning.

Since Summer 2019, the exam has been completely digital. Though no changes to the content to structure of the exam have been made. Check this blog post out for more information.

5 MULTIPLE-CHOICE SECTIONS & UNSCORED WRITING SAMPLE (35-minutes per section)

  • Reading Comprehension (one section: 27 questions, 35 minutes)
  • Analytical Reasoning (one section: 25 questions, 35 minutes)
  • Logical Reasoning (two sections: 25 questions and 35 minutes each)
  • Only 4 of 5 multiple-choice sections are scored; the unscored section is not identified
  • Writing Sample: 35 minute section, not scored, sent to all schools along with score report

SCORING SCALE: 120-180

  • LSAT Score report includes
    • Score from current test
    • Results of all tests (up to 12)
    • Average of all scores on file
    • Percentile rank

DURATION: 3 hours and 30 minutes (excluding breaks)

REGISTRATION, RE-SCHEDULING & CANCELLATIONS

  • Four test dates per year; registration deadline one month before test date
  • Registration fee: $200
  • Fee Waivers available for Registration and CAS
  • Test Center Change, Test Date Change Fees: $125
  • LSAC: Refunds and Fees

CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE (CAS)

  • CAS is an online system used to deliver LSAT scores and other application materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation) to law schools
  • CAS subscription is required for most law school applications
  • $195 subscription fee

PLANNING FOR TEST DAY

  • Consult your admission ticket for exact start time
  • You MUST bring:
    • Printout of your admission ticket
    • Valid, government-issued photo I.D.
    • Pencils (3-4 sharpened wooden pencils - mechanical pencils prohibited)
  • You MAY bring:
    • Analog wristwatch
    • Pencil sharpener, erasers, highlighter
  • You MAY NOT bring:
    • Calculator, digital watch, electronic timers, inks pens, electronic devices, scratch paper

GETTING & SENDING SCORES

  • If you have an online LSAC.org account, you’ll receive scores 3 weeks after test date
  • You can cancel your score on the day of the test (at the test center) or online (within 6 calendar days of your test date)
  • Otherwise, you’ll receive scores by mail about 4 week after test date
  • Scores are automatically shared with law schools to which you’ve applied
  • Score reports for the LSAT are $45 each
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