The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test of reading comprehension as well as analytical and logical reasoning skills. All American Bar Association approved law schools require candidates to take the LSAT. Law schools use the LSAT score as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

The LSAT is administered four times each year. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the test will be offered on June 11, October 6, December 1, and February 9. For more information on LSAT dates and deadlines, visit the Law School Admission Council website​ Register for the LSAT well in advance of the date you wish to take it to secure your test site. Most law schools will accept scores for up to five years.

The most recent version of the LSAT consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the LSAT score, while one unscored section is used to pretest new questions. The placement of the unscored section varies and will not be disclosed at the time of the test. Test takers should not worry about the unscored section on test day, and should put their best effort into all questions. In addition, there is a 35-minute writing sample at the end of the LSAT. While the writing sample is not calculated in your overall score, the writing sample is included in your law school report and law school admissions officers read the writing sample. Your LSAT score is based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no deduction for incorrect answers, nor are individual questions on the various test sections weighted differently. Scores range from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 the highest.

To  register for the LSAT, you need to create a LSAC account​The registration fee for the LSAT is $160. Students with extreme financial need can apply for a fee waiver for LSAC and for the LSAT. LSAC recommends that you submit your completed fee waiver application at least six weeks prior to the regular registration deadline for a particular LSAT.

Preparing for the LSAT

Gaining entrance to law school is a competitive process and we recommend that students leave ample time to prepare for the LSAT. Most law school applicants familiarize themselves with test directions and question types, practice on sample tests, and study the information available on test-taking techniques and strategies. Our recommendation is to take several full-length practice tests so that you know what to expect on test day, and can identify areas that need improvement. Strive to do your very best the first time so the score reflects your true ability.

Retaking the LSAT and Cancellations

You may not take the LSAT more than three times within any two-year period. We recommend, if possible, the LSAT to be taken only once. Studies suggest that the scores for repeat test takers usually rise slightly. In the case that an illness or extenuating circumstances caused you to perform poorly the first time, it may be worth retaking the test; however most students only take the test once. You have within six calendar days of the test date to request that your scores be canceled. If you cancel your score, this will be reported to law schools.