LSAT Preparation

A Guide to Free LSAT Preparation

LSAT Prep can be quite expensive. Live LSAT prep classes from popular test prep companies such as Kaplan or Princeton Review range in price from $1500-$2500, while online LSAT courses are around $600-$800. Simply purchasing LSAT study guide books for self study can also be expensive as a book or a series of books will cost anywhere from $40 to over $300. However, by doing some research and being a little creative, it is possible to find free LSAT prep materials. Here are a few ideas. Law School Admissions Council The Law School Admissions Council's website is a good source Read More +

The Top 10 LSAT Tips

LSAT Tip #1: Take the LSAT Early. The best time to take the LSAT is in February or June of the year prior to when you plan to enter law school. Many law schools accept applications beginning in early December and ending in February or March, and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Law schools will receive February and June LSAT scores early in the admission process, increasing your changes of being accepted. LSAT Tip #2: Prepare Early. It is best to start test preparation 8-12 weeks prior to the test date. This is not a college exam, so Read More +

LSAT Overview

The LSAT is designed to evaluate skills that are vital for success in law school and ultimately for success as a practicing attorney. Reading comprehension questions test your ability to read, understand and analyze complex text. Logical reasoning questions require you to analyze and critically evaluate the reasoning and arguments of others. The analytical reasoning section evaluates your ability to take a set of facts and use deductive reasoning to make inferences. Furthermore, the LSAT tests your ability to accomplish all of these tasks quickly and efficiently. As you prepare for the LSAT it is important to be able to Read More +

LSAT Test Costs and Fees

Taking the LSAT and applying to law school is not an inexpensive endeavor. In addition to the fee that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) charges for registering for the LSAT test, there are significant costs associated with preparing for the exam. The good news is that you may be able to get some of these costs reduced. Currently, the "basic fee" for taking the LSAT is $160. However, there are several potential "auxiliary" fees. For example, if you register late, you will have to pay an additional $69. If you need to change your LSAT test location after registration, Read More +

The LSAT Exam Explained

The LSAT is divided into 6 sections: 2 sections of Logical Reasoning questions, 1 section of Reading Comprehension questions, 1 section of Analytical Reasoning questions, 1 experimental section, and 1 Writing Sample. Each of the first 5 sections is made up of multiple choice questions. You are given 35 minutes to complete each section. The Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning sections are each scored. Analytical Reasoning The Analytical Reasoning section, commonly referred to as the "logic games" section, evaluates your ability to take a set of facts and use deductive reasoning to make inferences. The Analytical Reasoning Section Read More +

Registering for the LSAT

The LSAT is offered 4 times a year: February, June, October and December. In determining which date to select, there are several factors to consider. The most critical factor is the application windows of all the schools to which you plan to apply. The application window is the period between the date that the law school will begin accepting applications and the last date it will accept applications. This window is critical, and more important than the application deadline, because law school admissions as well as financial aid awards are considered on a rolling basis. In other words, the applicant Read More +

Online LSAT Courses Versus Live LSAT Courses

The decision as to how to prepare for the LSAT is an individual one. Factors such as convenience, personal style and cost should be examined. Ultimately, in order for a system to be effective, a person must be comfortable enough to focus and thrive, and the student must put in the time. LIVE COURSE Advantages: Live LSAT prep classes typically offer between 35 and 100 hours of live classroom instruction by a teacher who scored in the 98th or 99th percentile on the LSAT. In addition, while each live LSAT prep program is a little different, top-rated programs such as Read More +

The Best LSAT Prep Apps

There are now dozens of apps to help with LSAT preparation. While they are not a substitution for other study methods and materials, many conveniently provide help in areas not covered by traditional classroom LSAT prep courses or self study prep books. For example, LSAT Arcade by Manhattan LSAT is a fun and interactive way to supplement your studying. LSAT Words by Malyshev Edusys focuses on helping students learn vocabulary words commonly found on the LSAT. Other apps are more comprehensive, offering thousands of test questions and lessons to help students master each question type. Here is a rundown on Read More +

Best LSAT Preparation Books

There are many LSAT prep books and book series that typically cover the three LSAT question types: Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Analytical Reasoning. Each series provides an overview of what to expect on LSAT test day, along with strategies for tackling each question type. In addition, each includes hundreds of practice questions and 2-8 full-length practice tests with questions from real LSATs that have been released by the Law School Admissions Council. Here are details about 3 of the most popular LSAT prep book series. Manhattan LSAT Manhattan LSAT prides itself on its small class sizes, 170+ focus, Read More +

Should you Take an LSAT Prep Course?

LSAT prep courses are expensive, especially when you compare their cost to purchasing other study materials online. Studies show, however, that students who take a live study course perform 2-5 points better than students who don’t. If at all possible, take a preparation course, as they can be very meaningful to your LSAT score. Even if you only get a two-point bump in your score, this investment is well worth the money and effort. Many people will tell you can do as well doing self-study as a prep course if you have enough discipline. You will often hear “If you Read More +

LSAT Dates: When to Take the LSAT

The LSAT is offered 4 times each year: February, June, October (or sometimes late September instead) and December. The structure of the LSAT is the same for each test date and the level of difficulty does not vary based on the month in which the test is administered. The one significant difference in LSAT test dates is that the June LSAT is administered on a Monday with a reporting time of 12:30 pm, while all other LSATs are administered on Saturday mornings with a reporting time of 8:30 am. The late LSAT registration deadline is typically about a month before Read More +

Ten Best LSAT Practice Tests

Completing LSAT practice tests is an important part of preparing for the LSAT. Practice tests will help prepare you for answering questions under time constraints and condition your mind and body for the rigors of taking the 4-hour test LSAT on test day. Almost all LSAT test prep companies offer LSAT practice tests that are actual LSAT exams released by the Law School Admissions Council. Many also develop their own practice LSAT tests. The key is to use practice tests that also offer detailed explanations of each answer. Here are 10 of the best resources for LSAT practice tests.

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Where to Find LSAT Sample Questions

The only proven way to perform well on the LSAT is to practice, practice, practice. And the best way to practice is by working through questions from official LSAT exams. The LSAC publishes released LSAT questions in the form of PrepTests in its 10 New Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book series and the Official LSAT SuperPrep. However, except for the Official LSAT SuperPrep, the LSAC publications provide LSAT questions and answers without explanations. The more useful resources are those that provide step-by-step guidance or detailed explanations as to how to solve the problems as they will help you learn Read More +

LSAT Virtual Proctor

Preparing for the LSAT requires time, commitment, and the right tools. One of the most important aspects of preparing for the LSAT is to take full-length practice exams under conditions that closely mimic actual LSAT exam conditions. An LSAT virtual proctor is a practical tool that will increase the effectiveness of taking practice exams. The LSAT is divided into 5 multiple-choice sections (only 4 of which are scored), and one writing sample. You are given 35 minutes to complete each section. There is a 10-minute break between the 3rd and 4th sections. Working at a steady pace is vital to Read More +

LSAT Reading Comprehension Tips

The LSAT Reading Comprehension section is just one of the three multiple-choice sections on the LSAT test. The other two are Analytical Reasoning (logic games) and Logical Reasoning. The Reading Comprehension section contains four 400-600 word passages, each with 5-8 questions, for a total of approximately 27 questions to complete in 35 minutes. Of the 4 passages, one is a “comparative reading” section that is made up of two related shorter passages. Skills tested include drawing inferences, finding the main idea, understanding intricate text and the ability to compare and contrast. Topics covered in the reading passages include the humanities, Read More +

The Logical Reasoning Section

The Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT questions will comprise half of the scored portion of your test. Devote the majority of your study time to this section.

Identifying the question types as based on LSAT patterns is one key to success. Typical questions ask “Which of the following statements, if true, is most likely to undermine the argument?” Or, “What is the flaw in the above argument?” The best way to prepare for this section is to understand how logical arguments are formed and what follows logically from a series of statements. For example, if A then B; Read More +

Tips for LSAT Self Study

LSAT self-study is a way to prepare for the LSAT without attending a live LSAT prep course. Instead, you would rely on LSAT prep books, LSAT practice tests and other purchased study material. Many students chose to self-study because live LSAT prep courses are considerably more costly. Others feel that it is more convenient to self-study because of location or scheduling factors. Still others feel that self-study is more consistent with their learning styles. Whatever the reason, before deciding to self-study you must take a realistic self-assessment to determine if you will be able to effectively prepare for the LSAT Read More +

Understanding the LSAT Logic Games

The Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, is a standardized test that is required to be taken by applicants to law schools within the United States. Obtaining a high score on the LSAT is considered to be as important as (in fact, often more important than) an applicant’s undergraduate grade point average by law school admissions committees. The LSAT consists of six sections including one experimental section, one written essay section, and four multiple-choice sections. Among the multiple choice sections is a section on analytical reasoning, often referred to as the “logic games” section. The first LSAT was given in Read More +

The Week Before the LSAT – Dos and Don’ts

After weeks of preparing for the LSAT, the test is now just a few days away. You may find yourself nervously glancing at the calendar, counting down the days. It is easy to fall into a panic mode and begin to feel the need to ramp up your study routine and take practice test after practice test until Saturday. A more effective way to spend the last few days prior to the LSAT is to avoid trying to “cram” and instead focusing on preparing your mind and body to handle the rigors of taking the real LSAT. Here is a Read More +

Should You Retake the LSAT?

If your score on the LSAT is worse than you had hoped, you may be tempted to retake the LSAT. According to one study, candidates who took the test a second time scored on average 2.7 points higher than their first scores. But, remember, this number is an average. Many test takers achieve higher scores but also many test takers actually earn lower scores. Some law schools will look at the higher score, but many will average the scores. Most people who retake the test only have a 1 or 2 point improvement. Law schools will not usually give much Read More +

What is a Good LSAT Score?

Law schools consider LSAT scores among several factors in determining admission. A student’s academic record is always going to be an important factor. However, the LSAT tends to be more important than GPA because every law school applicant must take the LSAT and it is scored uniformly across all applicants, whereas a particular GPA at one college may not represent the same level of academic achievement as the same GPA at another college. LSAT scores range from 120-180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and a 180 LSAT score being the highest. The “raw” LSAT score is based on Read More +

LSAT Score Predictors

After spending countless hours thinking about, preparing for and taking the LSAT, once it’s over, good or not so good, you have your score. You can now focus on completing law school applications. Your LSAT score is a reality check that will help you narrow the list of law schools to which to apply based on the probability of acceptance. Free online law school admission prediction calculators will give you an idea of your chances of being admitted to specific law schools based on your LSAT score and GPA. While no predictor is 100% accurate, these 3 provide a pretty Read More +

Trends in LSAT Taking and Scoring

For the past several years, the legal industry has faced long-term financial pressures, resulting in fewer jobs for inexperienced attorneys just entering the job market. Many law schools, including such top-tier schools as Yale Law School, have decided to admit smaller classes because of the smaller available applicant pool. It is not surprising that there has been a corresponding downward trend in the number of students sitting for the LSAT. For 2003-2004, LSAC reports that 148,000 LSATs were administered. For the next three reporting years the numbers declined each year to 140,000 in 2006-2007. The number of tests administered then Read More +

When to Cancel Your LSAT Score

Many students come out of the LSAT thinking that they did terrible, but this doesn’t mean it’s true. Cancelling the LSAT is irreversible. If you are considering a cancellation of a completed test, do not do it on the day of the test—you have six days to do so, and you should use that time to weigh your options carefully and rationally. Explain your situation to a trusted advisor for his or her opinion. If you had a lot of trouble with one section, remember that it could have been the experimental section—you can determine which section was experimental Read More +

LSAT – Scoring a Perfect 180

Getting an LSAT score of 180 or a “perfect score” is extremely rare. According to data published by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), from 2006-2009 of all LSATs administered, approximately 144,000 per year, only 0.1% received a 180. The advantage for the student who earns a 180 LSAT score is that he or she is more likely to be accepted into a top-tier law school. Yale Law School reports that for its class of 2014, the LSAT score range was 154-180, with over 75% of enrolled students receiving an LSAT score of 177 or above. However, most law schools Read More +

The LSAT Scoring Scale

The LSAC presents your LSAT score in three ways: the LSAT raw score, the LSAT scaled score, and the LSAT percentile. The scaled score is the one that “matters,” in the sense that it’s the one the schools look at. The raw score is between 0 and 100 to 103 and is based on the number of questions answered correctly (each LSAT will typically have 100 to 103 multiple-choice questions, with each question being worth 1 point). The essay section is not scored. There is no deduction for blank or incorrect answers, so no matter what, leave no blanks! If Read More +

5 Steps to Getting a Great LSAT Score

Now that you are intent on doing your best on the LSAT, here’s what you need to do: 1. Give yourself at least three months to study for the LSAT. Create a study plan and follow it. Devote at least 150 hours to study before taking the test. 2. Figure out your weaknesses. Take a full practice LSAT early in your preparation so that you can figure out which sections give you trouble. 3. If you can attend a live preparation (“prep”) course do it. These courses are expensive; find the money if at all possible. If you cannot attend Read More +

LSAT Percentiles

After taking the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Council sends you a report that includes your LSAT scaled score that ranges from 120 to 180, as well as your LSAT percentile. Unlike the LSAT scaled score, the LSAT percentile does not measure the number of questions that you answered correctly on the LSAT. It is an indicator of how well you performed on the LSAT relative to other test takers who took the LSAT in the last three years. Your LSAT percentile indicates the percentage of students who have scores lower than your score over the last 3 years. For Read More +

LSAT Score Conversion

After taking the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) presents your score in two ways: your LSAT raw score and your LSAT scaled score. The raw score is between 0 and 100 to 103 and is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. The LSAC then converts your LSAT raw score into an LSAT scaled score that ranges from 120 to 180 with 180 being a "perfect LSAT score." Each LSAT will typically have 100 to 103 questions, with each question being worth 1 point. Only 4 of the 5 multiple-choice sections count toward the LSAT test Read More +