The LSAT, or the Law School Admission Test, is a process that takes up to half a day. It is given four times a year to those that are trying to get into law. The test is administered and acknowledged in several countries throughout the world, including the United States of America and Canada to name a few. It provides potential law schools with another way to measure the application of a potential student. It will help them determine your verbal reasoning and reading abilities. Most everywhere the test is administered on Saturdays, unless it is June or there is a religious holiday that conflicts with the date of testing.
What Exactly Does the LSAT Measure?
The LSAT measures the skills that most law schools are going to find essential in their potential applicant. You are going to need to be able to read complex text and draw a reasonable conclusion from it. Critical thinking and analysis are going to be two of the other important skills that you will demonstrate while taking the test as well. There are three different types of questions that you are going to have to deal with on the LSAT, which are the following:
In the logical reasoning questions, you are going to find short passages that will require you to use your critical thinking abilities to come up with strong legal arguments. They will each have a question that you will have to answer after the short passage. These questions are really going to push you to think critically, and use your logic to come up with the best response and argument. You can use reasoning through analogy, understanding how other evidence can affect the argument, and many other tools to come up with your conclusion.
These questions are designed to let you show how you use your analytical reasoning to understand the relationship structures related to a case or client. This is a huge part of legal problem solving and you will be able to show what you can do in different types of scenarios. You will be expected to draw certain conclusions that you would expect to find in law.
This type of question on the test is designed to measure your ability to read a lot of complex text and still draw the conclusions that you need to draw from it. Each portion of the reading comprehension section is gong to have a certain amount of text to read, usually followed by a handful of questions that you must answer on the related text. This is a crucial step to finding out if you have what it takes to begin your law school adventure.
Re-taking the Test
Several people have asked me whether or not re-taking the test is an option. If you just had a bad day or you are certain that is not the score that reflects your ability, you can take it again. Just be aware that if you get a lower score the second time, the law school is going to be able to see that. They are going to have access to all of your scores, regardless of whether or not they are the highest or not. You will also find that large score differences are going to be reviewed by the LSAT team. These are considered suspicious and will be looked at to decide if they are legitimate or not.
You are going to be able to take the LSAT test 3 times every two years. You can apply for an exception to this rule if you think you fall under the special circumstances rule. Once in a while the LSAT group will allow the rule to be bent in the case of someone that fits this special circumstances rule. You will be able to find out via e-mail whether or not you were approved or disapproved to take the test again after applying.