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Course SummaryEach of the lessons in this course covers the topics you can expect to see when taking the LSAT Test. Use the engaging videos, lesson quizzes and chapter tests together to effectively prepare yourself for this exam and get a better score on test day.
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The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) measures your proficiency in areas deemed essential for law school success. This test is used by law schools in the United States and abroad as a key part of their admissions process. Administered four times a year by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the LSAT includes five 35-minute, multiple-choice sections, followed by a 35-minute writing sample. The multiple choice questions are designed to test your reading comprehension, as well as your analytical and logical reasoning skills.
We've developed a study guide for students preparing for the LSAT. The guide starts out with basic information about the test, including strategies for answering particular types of questions and for managing your time while taking the exam, before delving into helpful logic tools, such as box rules and diagramming.
The chapter also emphasizes formal logic problems and logic games, which are an important component of the LSAT. In addition to learning about the five major types of logic games - formal logic, sequencing, linear, grouping and mapping - you'll explore the steps required to solve each and complete numerous sample problems. Other topics covered in this LSAT study guide include the following:
- Minimized and maximized variables
- Logical reasoning
- Reading comprehension
- Conventions in writing: Usage and grammar
Additionally, this LSAT study guide covers various stages of writing an essay, including brainstorming, formulating an outline and writing a thesis statement. Lessons also address basic essay structure, use of transition sentences and the importance of organization. You also can get tips on revising your essay to make it as well-written and strongly argued as possible.
LSAT Preparation and Registration
This study guide for the LSAT was developed by our team of experienced, professional educators. You can prepare for the test by watching our short, engaging video lessons and reading the accompanying transcripts, many of which feature links to other articles for a more thorough learning experience. The study guide also includes numerous self-assessment quizzes, which will help familiarize you with the types of questions you can expect on the LSAT while helping you to see where your strengths lie and where you could use some additional study time.
The LSAT is offered on one day in each of the following months: February, June, October and December. Regular registration is available online and by mail and telephone up to approximately four weeks before the test date. The basic cost of the test is $180; additional fees are charged for auxiliary services, such as changing your test date or test center or requesting that your test be scored by hand rather than computer. The day of the test, you'll need to bring your admission ticket, appropriate photo identification and three or four sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers with you to your testing center.
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180. Of the five multiple-choice sections, only four are scored; the fifth is used to help formulate future versions of the LSAT. Also, LSAC does not score your writing sample; instead, it's sent to any law schools to which you choose to apply.
Your score will be available by e-mail approximately three weeks after the test date. Score reports also can be mailed, though this takes a bit longer and might require an additional fee. If you took a disclosed test, you'll be able to see how you performed in each of the following areas:
There are four sets of reading comprehension questions included on the LSAT. Each set features a lengthy, complex reading selection with 5-8 related questions. These questions test how well you read, as well as your understanding of what you've read. The reading selections are intended to mimic the types of materials you'll come across in law school.
Questions in this section gauge your deductive reasoning skills and your ability to recognize relationships among people, things or events. Your responses are reflective of your ability to analyze complex legal problems.
This section features short reading passages, followed by questions. These questions measure your proficiency in critical thinking, particularly your ability to reach well-supported conclusions, apply principles and rules, and identify flaws in arguments.
LSAT is a registered trademark of the Law School Admission Council, which is not affiliated with Study.com.
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