Before Applying to Law School Think About LSAT Scores

You bought all the LSAT books and have taken the courses, but now it’s time to take the actual test.

The LSAT ranges from a 120 (lowest) to 180 (highest) and is graded on a curve. Although law school admissions look at both your LSAT score and undergraduate scores, the LSAT score is the more important of the two. If you are to only achieve a 2.5 GPA during you undergraduate, but manage to receive a 165 on your LSAT you are more likely to be accepted than a person who had a 3.0 GPA and 160 on their LSAT.

There are five different sections to the LSAT test.

The three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT are:

  • Reading Comprehension

Questions in this section test your ability to read and understand what is being asked of you. These questions tend to be lengthy, providing you examples of how the materials in law school actually are.

  • Analytical Reasoning Questions

This section will test and measure your ability to understand relationships and find logical conclusions within them. Also known as “logic games”, this section can contain the categories of grouping, matching and ordering. These questions show the complex problems a law student will have to perform in legal problem solving.

  • Logical Reasoning Questions

The questions in this section require the test taker to read and understand a short passage then answer questions about it. All conclusions made from this passage need to logical, well-supported and apply to all rules or principles stated in the questions. The reader will need to dissect arguments to find identify errors and choose a statement to make the argument stronger.

The other two sections of the LSAT are an unscored section and a writing sample.

  • Unscored Section

The unscored section is typically used to test new questions for future tests. The test takers are not told which section is unscored, but is sometimes thought to be the easier of the sections.

  • Writing Sample

There are no write or wrong answers in this section, but it is important to not only argue for your position, but also disprove the opposing position. It has been said that some law schools do not use the writing sample when evaluating an application.

After taking the LSAT and achieving a poor result, you can take it again. Each student may only take the test three times in a two-year time span. Every score that is recorded within five years is reported to law schools you apply to. Law schools typically take the highest LSAT score, but some have been known to consider the average of all the LSAT scores.

When considering law school, please consider your LSAT score. It would be a waste of time and money if you don’t manage to score over 165. Law schools are very regimented when it comes to your LSAT score.

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