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How Long is the LSAT?

Instructor: William White
The LSAT is a lengthy exam comprised of six sections. Read on to learn how long each one lasts, find out what types of questions you'll be asked and get information on the rules that must be followed on test day.

LSAT: Test Format and Length

According to the Law School Admission Council, the entire test day process for the LSAT can last up to seven hours. This includes the time it takes to check in and the 15-minute break that is given upon completion of the third test section.

The LSAT is composed of five total multiple-choice sections, each of which is 35 minutes long. Additionally, there is an unscored 35-minute writing section. Added together, these six sections result in a total of three and a half hours of testing time.

Multiple-Choice Sections

Multiple-choice sections on the LSAT include one of three question types, each one testing specific skills that are needed in law school and the legal profession. The first type is reading comprehension. You'll be presented with a series of written passages and asked to answer five to eight questions apiece. These measure your ability to understand the type of complex writing common in law school texts.

Analytical reasoning questions are centered around passages outlining a set of conditions for a particular scenario. To successfully answer them, you'll need to demonstrate your ability to make inferences, understand conditional statements and apply deductive reasoning to solve a problem.

The final type of multiple-choice question, logical reasoning, evaluates your proficiency at understanding and analyzing the arguments presented to you. You'll generally be asked to answer one question per written passage.

Writing Section

The writing section tests your ability to develop an effective argument of your own. You'll be given a prompt and asked to support your position based on the facts given. Understand that there isn't a right or wrong answer to this section. Rather, your response will be used by law schools to evaluate your writing skills.

Test Day Requirements

There are strict rules to follow once you show up for the LSAT. To make your lengthy testing appointment less stressful, check out the following test day tips:

  • Read the info included with your admission ticket to make sure you show up to the testing center with the appropriate photo identification.
  • Bring enough wooden pencils. Mechanical pencils and pens are not allowed.
  • Learn about stipulations for bringing such items as snacks, wallet, keys or medical supplies to the test. You'll need an appropriately sized ziplock bag to store them.
  • Check the list of prohibited items (digital watches, hats, electronic devices, etc.) to ensure you're not denied admission to the testing center.

If you'd like additional resources to make sure you're fully prepared for the exam, check out Study.com's LSAT Test: Online Prep & Review course. The short video lessons and quizzes cover topics ranging from close reading strategies and sentence clarity to logical fallacies and essay revision.

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