LSAT Overview

The LSAT is the standardized achievement examination for law school admissions in the United States and is produced by LSAC, Inc. The LSAT test has historically consisted of 3 multiple choice types and an essay; the multiple choice section types are Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Logic Games. The LSAT is required for admission to LSAC-member law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non–ABA–approved law schools.

***Important information: LSAT Content Changes: 2019***

Beginning in June 2019, the LSAT will begin being administered digitally. The LSAT will join the GRE and MCAT exam with this move.

The July LSAT exam will randomly assign the test to half of the takers digitally, while the other half will be required to take the test on paper. This trial will ensure that the test is properly administered the same way in both formats. The test will become fully digital in September 2019.

For the July exam only: Regardless of the format they are assigned, test takers will have the opportunity to see their score before deciding whether to cancel it. This opportunity has never been offered before and will not be offered again moving forward.

The new format will not change the underlying format of the test. Students will still be given scrap paper to work out the LSAT’s logic games questions, and there will now be a stylus provided that doubles as a pen. This will provide students with the ability to highlight and annotate during the reading comprehension section.

LSAT Section Comparisons

Section # Of Questions Time Allowed Details
LSAT Reading Comprehension 26-28 1 35 min section 4 Passages: Natural Science, Social Science, Humanities, Law (5-8 questions per passage)
LSAT Logical Reasoning 49-51 2 35 min sections Assumption-based – Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken, Flaw (50%), Inference-based (20%), Method of Argument (5%), Parallel Reasoning (5%), Point of Contention (5%), All other types (15%)
LSAT Logic Games 22-24 1 35 min section Sequencing, Matching, Grouping, Selection, Hybrid Games
LSAT Writing Sample 1 Essay 35 min Choose-a-side Argument Prompt OR Argument Analysis Prompt
Total Time 3:30 - 4:00 hours

LSAT Test Details

  • The LSAT is a 3.5 to 4 hour test and can be taken at any one of many test centers in the United States and around the world 4 times a year.
  • The LSAT composite score ranges from 120 to 180 and is drawn from the four scored multiple choice sections. The writing section does not get factored into the composite score.

    • The average and most popular LSAT score for nearly all administrations is 151.

  • The test measures a student’s aptitude in those disciplines required in the legal profession: understanding and creating solid arguments, logical thinking, and document analysis.
  • It costs $127 to register for a single LSAT administration.

    • An additional fee of $12.00 per law school is charged for score reports.

  • The LSAT is held only 4 times a year (June, September/October, December, and February)

LSAT Test Prep Tutoring & Preparation Courses

Based in New York City (NYC), Manhattan Elite Prep offers LSAT test prep classes and tutoring services. We also have expert teachers for all major LSAT sections including Reading, Comprehension, Logic & Logic Games. With locations on the East Coast, from Boston (MA) to Miami (FL), to cities on the West Coast, such as San Diego (CA), Los Angeles (CA), San Jose (CA) and San Francisco (CA), Manhattan Elite Prep has instructors in almost every major city in the United States.

Our LSAT tutors help students achieve their best score in private tutoring sessions throughout the country, from our Dallas (TX), Houston (TX) and Austin (TX) locations in Texas, to our Chicago (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Columbus (OH) and Indianapolis (IN) locations. We offer private tutoring for the LSAT, among other tests, in cities away from the major metro areas, such as Louisville (KY), St. Louis (MO), Salt Lake City (UT), Oklahoma City (OK) and Kansas City (KS).

Our online LSAT teachers help students achieve their best score in online test preparation classes. We offer online test prep courses for the LSAT, among other tests. For LSAT test prep students pursuing an online LSAT class we allow for maximum flexibility by providing them with immediate and unlimited access to our online library. For LSAT students, test preparation courses can be expensive, so we are always sure to have online LSAT instructors available at affordable rates.

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