Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

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The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and an increasing number of other countries. The test provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills in which law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.


The LSAT is a skills-based exam designed to test the critical reading and analytical thinking skills that are crucial for success in law school.

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. The unscored section typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report.

A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

A competitive LSAT score is a requirement for admission to many law programs.

Keep in mind, admissions deadlines for graduate law programs vary. Check with the graduate schools you are interested in attending and set up your GRE exam ahead of time to ensure your scores are reported prior to application deadlines. Much like preparing for any important exam, be sure to review any preparation material, handbooks, or take any practice tests that will help you achieve a competitive score!


The cost to take the GMAT in 2015 is $175. Please note that the LSAT test fee may be waived. Your inability to pay will be validated via a 2015-2016 Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Fee Waiver Application, supporting tax forms, and other documentation as requested by LSAC or the law school to which you submit your application.

Register for the LSAT Exam

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