The LSAT consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions covering three areas: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning.  Four of the five section scores will contribute to the test takerís score; the other is used to pre-test new test questions and forms.  A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The paper and pencil test is offered four times a year in June, October, December, and February.

Reading Comprehension
The Reading Comprehension section tests your ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law schoolwork.  You will be given a passage to read and be required to answer questions based on that passage.

Analytical Reasoning
The Analytical Reasoning section tests your ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw conclusions about that structure.  You are required to make deductions from a set of statements, rules or conditions defining the relationship among entities (persons, places, things, or events).

Logical Reasoning (2 sections)
The Logical Reasoning section tests your ability to understand, analyze, criticize and complete logical arguments.  The arguments are contained in short passages about which you must answer several questions.

Writing Sample
The Writing Sample is NOT scored, but a copy is sent to each law school to which you apply. The key task is to choose between two alternatives and make a sound argument for your choice.

Scoring
The LSAT provides one overall score representing the test takerís relative position on a predetermined curve.  This score ranges from 120-180.  More than 50 percent of test takers receive scores between 145 and 159 (representing less than 1/4 of the possible scaled scores). A score of 160 or above, therefore, would represent an exceptional relative
performance.

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