What is the LSAT?

Instructor: Laura Melega
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is designed to assess a student's skills and educational aptitudes to determine if they have the ability to be successful in law school. Learn about what skills are evaluated on the test, when it is offered, and how to prepare for it.

Understanding the LSAT

The LSAT exam evaluates your reading and verbal reasoning skills to make sure you demonstrate a strong command of complex texts, possess high-level critical thinking skills, and can analyze opposing viewpoints. Your LSAT score is one of the key assessments reviewed by law school advisors as they decide whether or not to make an offer of admission.

Format of the LSAT Exam

Section Title No. of Sections No. of Questions Type of Questions Time per Section
Logical Reasoning 2 48-52 Argument-focused (multiple-choice) 35 minutes for each section
Analytical Reasoning 1 23-24 Logic and relationships (multiple-choice) 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 1 26-28 Passage-based (multiple-choice) 35 minutes
Experimental* 1 24-28 Logical or analytical reasoning or reading comprehension (multiple-choice) 35 minutes

*The experimental section is an unscored section that includes questions covering one of the three other exam categories.

In addition, a 35-minute essay section is included at the end of testing. While the essay does not count toward a student's overall LSAT score, it is provided to a student's selected law schools as part of their application.

Your LSAT Score

Your score is determined by your correct answers, and incorrect responses do not count against you. The number of questions you answer correctly is then statistically converted into an LSAT score ranging from 120-180.

You will receive a report with scoring information from the Law School Admission Council. It will include your current LSAT score, the average of all LSAT exams you have taken (if applicable), and your percentile ranking. This ranking will show you the percentage of students that scored lower than you over the past three years.

When and Where to take the LSAT

The LSAT is offered four times annually in June, October, December and February. Tests are generally on Saturdays, but some countries offer the exam on Sundays. Special dates are available for those who can't attend a specific date due to religious purposes. You can take the LSAT in multiple locations around the world:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Africa
  • South and Central America
  • Mexico

Many students take the LSAT exam between June and October, and you'll need to take it no later than December in order to meet the final deadline required by most law schools for admission into the following fall semester.

Preparing for the LSAT

Achieving success on the LSAT can help you gain admission to your law school of choice, so check out the interactive video lessons, practice quizzes, and tutorials available on Study.com before you take the exam.

The LSAT Test Online Prep & Review is available to you anytime you want to study. No need to fit another review class into your life! You can access Study.com 24/7 from wherever you are. Our mobile-friendly platform lets you learn at home, at school, or at work.