Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a computer-based exam and is used for law school admissions. Many selective law schools weigh the LSAT heavily in their admissions processes. While some schools accept the GRE and GMAT in lieu of the LSAT, the LSAT is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools.
The LSAT is administered in two parts: (1) a multiple-choice exam on the computer, and (2) a writing exam using a secure proctoring software.
The LSAT consists of six sections and runs 3.5 hours. Students have a 15-minute break following the third section.
|Section||Number of Questions||Section Length||Content|
|Reading Comprehension||26-28 Questions||35 minutes||Critical reading comprehension of dense passages|
|Analytical Reasoning||22-24 Questions||35 minutes||Consider rules and constraints and determine true statements|
|Logical Reasoning||49-51 Questions||Two 35-minute sections||Analyzing, evaluating, constructing and refuting arguments|
|Experimental (unscored/unidentified)||Varies||35 minutes||Comprises of one of the above sections|
The LSAT writing test is a 35-minute essay prompt, administered on a student’s home computer using a secure proctoring software. This is not taken at the official test administration.
Anticipated dates for 2020-2021 include:
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|June 8, 2020||In-person testing canceled in U.S. and Canada due to COVID-19. LSAT-Flex offered as alternative.|
|July 13, 2020||May 28, 2020|
|August 29, 2020||–|
|October 3, 2020||–|
|November 14, 2020||–|
|January 16, 2021||–|
|February 20, 2021||–|
|April 20, 2021||–|
Students receive a score on the LSAT that is scaled from 120 to 180, based upon the multiple-choice test. All questions on the test sections are weighted exactly the same, and the score is reflective of the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. The essay is unscored but included in the student’s score report for admission to Law School.
Score review & cancellation:
Students will receive scores by email approximately three weeks after their test dates. Score release dates are posted on the LSAT website. For more information about the LSAT’s score band, which offers insight into a student’s proficiency in the skills tested on the LSAT, please click here.
Certain tests are “disclosed tests,” meaning the student will also receive a copy of the scored sections to review which questions they answered incorrectly.
Students are able to cancel their scores beginning the day of their test by logging into their LSAC account. This option is only available within six calendar days of the student’s test.
Many law schools require students to submit all received scores, but the highest scores is often given more weight. Please check each individual school website for more information.
LSAT Scores are valid for five years.
Beginning with the September 2019 LSAT exam, students are able to take the LSAT up to three times in a single testing year (June 1 – May 31), five times within the current and five previous testing years, not exceeding seven total times in a student’s lifetime. Note: the LSAT-Flex tests do not count toward this total as they were administered as an emergency response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in May and June 2020.
Students may request accommodations after they have already registered for the LSAT exam. The LSAC will provide notice of accommodations in the candidates online account. The LSAC If a student takes the LSAT more than once, most students are automatically approved to receive the same accommodations received previously, unless otherwise noted in this policy.
Due to the Coronavirus, the LSAC has produced a new test called the LSAT-Flex. The LSAT-Flex is shorter, removing one of the logical reasoning sections and the experimental section from the full LSAT test. The LSAT-Flex is approximately two hours in length.
Please visit our blog post to learn more about how this year’s exam structure and timing has changed given the pandemic.