The LSAT is a five-section, multiple-choice, "aptitude" test, followed by a 30-minute writing sample. Taking the test requires 3 hours and 25 minutes, not including rest breaks and the time needed for the distribution and collection of test materials, as well as other test center procedures.
The LSAT evaluates applicants in the areas of reading comprehension, critical reasoning, logical analysis and writing. The exam is offered in February, June, September, and December. Take the LSAT only when you are ready, but try to avoid doing so for the first time in December of the year of application. This is because it is extremely time consuming to study for the exam and apply to graduate school, and work/take classes, etc. It is also better to have an actual score to help with the selection process. December scores arrive late in the process, so check the application deadline.
Applicants should expect to prepare for the exam for 1-2 semesters in advance of the test date. That means beginning your preparation in the fall of your junior year. Since the LSAT does not test knowledge of a particular subject, the goal of studying is to become familiar with the test format, and to develop methods to answer questions with efficiency and accuracy. The best way to study, therefore, is directly from old exams. These are available from the LSAC at www.lsac.org. Candidates should plan on taking the exam once, although nationally nearly 2 in 10 will take it a second time. Since most schools average multiple scores, do not take the test if you are not ready.
LSAT prep courses are available to students who need the reassurance such courses can provide. They are not necessary for an applicant to do well, but they can help some students. These classes are expensive in terms of time and money, so it is important to take enough prep tests beforehand to determine if a prep class is necessary.
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