About the LSAT
The LSAT is the standardized law school admission test. It is a digital exam that tests critical reasoning abilities under strict time-intensive conditions.
With standard timing, the LSAT consists of four 35-minute multiple-choice sections:
- Logical Reasoning (Arguments): 24–26 multiple-choice questions
- Reading Comprehension: 26–28 multiple-choice questions
- Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games): 22–24 multiple-choice questions
- Experimental: 22–28 unscored multiple-choice questions; can be any one of the previous three categories
The sections of the LSAT occur in no particular order, and there is a break following the second section. Scaled scores range from 120 to 180. The experimental section, which does not count toward your score, is included to assess questions that may be used on future versions of the exam. You will not know which section is experimental when taking the test, so you should treat each section as though it will count toward your score.
In addition to taking your LSAT, you must also complete the LSAT Writing, which asks you to produce a well-reasoned argument in response to a question. While your writing sample is not calculated into your LSAT score, it will be sent to every law school to which you apply. Faculty readers at some law schools take the writing sample seriously as evidence of your ability to write under time pressure, an important skill in law school. LSAC will not release your scores until you complete the LSAT Writing.
Many selective law schools weigh the LSAT heavily in determining a candidate’s “Academic Index,” a numeric calculation based on test scores and undergraduate GPA.
Trials students prepare for the LSAT with Advantage Testing instructors who emphasize intellectual development and analytic reasoning. We teach the fundamental precepts of logic and critical thinking—not merely how to eliminate incorrect answer choices but, for example, how to use Venn diagrams effectively or correctly identify the contrapositive of an argument.
Students learn to recognize and respond to the specific question types that appear on the exam, while exercising their skills in a demanding practice test regimen. Following our academically rigorous preparation, students are better equipped not only to gain admission to leading law schools but also to excel at these institutions.