Your favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, you love TV shows based on courtroom dramas, and Legally Blonde is one of your best comedies. Influenced by all that, he now wants to go to law school. The only thing standing between you and your newly chosen career is the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Along with your transcript and extracurricular activities, the LSAT is an important component of law school admission. Because students with various majors ranging from Math, Science, and Humanities apply to law schools, admissions boards often don’t have a bright line test to determine how majors compare to one another. Therefore, the LSAT score, the only standardized numerical indicator, becomes important in evaluating law school applicants.

LSAT is a test unlike any other standardized test you’ve ever taken before. While a test like the SAT tests reading and math skills, the LSAT attempts to quantify logical and analytical reasoning. The LSAT is divided into questions that test logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension:

• Arguments (Logical Reasoning) section gives thirty-five (35) minutes for approximately twenty-five (25) questions. The Logical Reasoning section asks you to evaluate arguments, find the main points, strengths and weaknesses, and conceptual underpinnings of the arguments.

• Games (Analytical Reasoning) The section consists of one (1) section. You have thirty-five (35) minutes for approximately twenty-five (25) questions. This section asks you to answer questions to games such as whether six monuments were built in six consecutive years, and A and D were built in the third year, which of the remaining monuments were built in the first and last year, or whether the Company A owns airplanes number 1 and 2, and company B owns airplanes number 3, 4, 5, and on Sundays each airplane makes exactly one flight, under certain conditions, what is the order in which the airplanes fly? five planes leave the airport?

• Reading comprehension The section tests your ability to read, digest, and synthesize complex passages. This section asks you to conclude the main points of the passages, whether the concepts are true or false based on your understanding of the passages, or what inferences can be drawn. You must complete approximately twenty-five (25) reading comprehension questions in thirty-five (35) minutes.

• Test section provides a particular topic and you are given thirty-five (35) minutes to write the essay. The writing section tests your reasoning, clarity, organization, use of language, and writing mechanics. Although the essay section is not scored, it is submitted to prospective law schools.

How to prepare for the LSAT

The LSAT does not test content, that is, what you have learned throughout your academic career prior to test day. Rather, it tests your analytical and logical reasoning skills as well as your speed. There is not much to “study”. However, one of the best ways to prepare for the LSAT is to take the actual LSATs administered beforehand by the Law School Admissions Council. By understanding the format and pattern in each question type, you will be a more efficient examiner. The more you practice with real LSATs, the better your chances of getting a high score will be.

-Lilly Golden, Examville Blog Contributor

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