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  • What is the LSAT?
  • Where can I register for the LSAT?
  • When can I write the LSAT test?
  • How many times can I write the LSAT?
  • By when do I have to write the LSAT?
  • Should I guess on the LSAT?
  • When should I start to prepare for the LSAT?
  • What scores do I need to be a competitive applicant for law school?
  • How important is the LSAT?
  • Can I retake the LSAT?
  • How is the writing sample used by law schools to assess me as a candidate?


  • LSAT Test Information

  • How do I change my LSAT test centre and/or test dates?
  • When do I get my scores?
  • How does score cancellation work?
  • What is the LSAT refund policy?
  • What is the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)?
  • How do I contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in Canada?
  • What are the LSAT test centre regulations?
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    What is the LSAT?

    The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test designed to provide a measure of reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as part of their admissions process, particularly in the United States, Canada and Australia. Logical and verbal reasoning skills tested are considered to be important to the study of law. The LSAT is scored out of 180 and also includes a writing sample, a copy of which is sent to law schools to which an applicant release scores.

    The test lasts half a day and consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice questions. Four of the five sections are scored. The unscored section is used to pretest new test questions for succeeding LSAT exams. There is a 35-minute writing sample at the end of the test. The LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all the law schools you apply.

    The three multiple choice question types in the LSAT are:

    • Reading Comprehension – measures the ability to read and understand complex materials similar to what will be encountered in law school. Contains four sets of reading questions, consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight comprehension questions.

    • Analytical Reasoning – measures the ability to understand a structure of relationships and draw logical conclusions from it. The questions reflect the kind of complex analyses required of a law student in legal problem solving.

    • Logical Reasoning – measures the ability to analyze, critically evaluate and complete arguments. The questions require the test taker to read a short passage and answer questions that test critical thinking skills.

     

     

    Where can I register for the LSAT?

    You can register for the LSAT at the website of the Law School Admission Council, the organization that administers the test (www.lsac.org).

     

     

    When can I write the LSAT test?

    The test is administered four times a year in June, September/October, December, and February. See LSAT Test Dates

     

     

    How many times should I take the LSAT? Can I just send law schools only my highest LSAT scores?

    LSAC limits applicants to taking the LSAT a maximum of three times in a two-year span. When a student applies to a law school, LSAC sends the LSAT scores representing every time the student has written the test over the past five years. Although some law schools consider the highest of the applicant’s scores, others consider the average of the scores; therefore, if an applicant feels that he has performed poorly on the LSAT, he might choose to cancel the score and try the test again the next time it is offered. However, an applicant may only cancel his score within six calendar days of the test (long before his score becomes available); therefore, he must decide whether or not to cancel his score without knowing exactly how he performed.

    Therefore, students should not attempt to write the LSAT until they have thoroughly prepared for the test. This is why we at Ivy Global make sure that our students have reached their potential and are achieving high LSAT scores on practice tests under realistic test conditions.

     

     

    When do I have to write the LSAT by?

    All law schools will accept the December LSAT of the calendar year prior to the year you would commence law school as the latest one possible (for example, if you plan to enter law school in September, you would have to write the LSAT by December). Some law schools will accept the next February LSAT as well, although admissions committees might perceive this as taking the LSAT “late,” when other applicants have already begun to receive acceptances. We recommend that you take the LSAT earlier, in June or September/October, to allow yourself the option of writing the test again.

     

     

    Should I guess answers on the LSAT?

    Absolutely. There is no penalty for guessing. For example, if you have ten seconds left and four questions unanswered on a section, you should just randomly guess on all of them.

     

     

    When should I start to prepare for the LSAT?

    That depends on how much you need to improve your score, and how many hours a day you can commit to studying for the LSAT. The summer is a great time to prepare for the test. Take a full practice test under realistic test conditions as soon as possible to identify the specific sections and question types that are challenging for you. Talk to one of our tutors or instructors to come up with a study plan to help you reach your full potential on the test.

     

     

    What scores do I need to be a competitive applicant for law school?

    Example LSAT Scores

    School LSAT Scores
    Harvard University
    171/176 (25th/75th percentiles)
    Columbia University
    170/175 (25th/75th percentiles)
    Cornell University
    167 (median)
    University of Toronto
    166 (median)
    University of British Columbia
    164 (average)
    University of Alberta
    160 (average)
    University of Windsor
    157 (average)
    Thomas M. Cooley
    143 (minimum)

     

     

    How important is the LSAT?

    While a high LSAT score does not guarantee entry into law school, a low score does render acceptance into selective schools unlikely. Most law schools value the undergraduate GPA and the LSAT score roughly equally, but some place more emphasis on one or the other. If your undergraduate program or university is not particularly renowned, admissions officers may place more weight on your LSAT score. While GPA and LSAT are the most important factors, there are also other ones: your personal statement, reference letters, any graduate degrees, work experience, and extra-curricular activities. Some law schools publish on their websites information on how they weigh the various criteria.

     

     

    Can I retake the LSAT?

    You may retake the LSAT if you believe your test score does not reflect your true ability. The LSAT can only be taken up to three times in a two-year period. This policy also applies even if you cancel your scores or if your score is not reported.

     

     

    How is the writing sample used by law schools to assess me as a candidate?

    The writing sample section is not scored, but a digital copy of the essay is sent along with the LSAT score to each law school that you apply to. If you have written the LSAT multiple times, the writing samples from the three most recent tests will be sent. The importance of the LSAT writing sample depends on the law schools you apply to and the rest of your application. Since law school applications require personal statements, the LSAT writing sample is unlikely to be the primary way in which law schools evaluate applicants’ writing skills. Nonetheless, surveys suggest the majority of law schools do consider the writing sample at least occasionally when evaluating applicants.


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    How do I change my LSAT test centre and/or test dates?

    You can change your test date online through your LSAC.org account. Or you may print out the Test Date Change Form, found on the LSAC website, and mail it along with the payment to:

    LSAC
    PO Box 2000-T
    Newtown PA 18940

    or fax to: 215-968-1277

    Include in your correspondence:

    • your name, address, LSAC account number, last four digits of your Social Insurance Number, the test date, and your first and second choice test centre
    • valid credit card number and expiration date
    • signature and current date

    You may change your test centre as long as you meet the designated deadline and if there is space available at your requested centre. You may make the change online, through your LSAC account, or by phone: 215-968-1001.

    Fax and online change requests must be made by 11:50pm on the deadline date. Telephone requests must be received by 4:45pm during the months of March to August, or by 7:00pm, from September to February.

     

     

    When do I get my scores?

    If you have an online account at LSAC’s website, you will receive your scores via e-mail about three weeks after writing the test. If you do not have an online account, score reports will be sent by mail about four weeks after the test.

    For confidentiality, your LSAT scores will only be available through email and postal mail. Scores will only be released to you and no one else, including family members, spouses or friends. You may request your scores to be released to law schools directly through the Candidate Referral Service. This must be done when you first register.

    The quickest way to obtain your LSAT score is through email. You will automatically be emailed your LSAT scores approximately three weeks after taking the test. If you do not have an online account, LSAC will mail your scores approximately four weeks after the test date.

    Your score report will show your current results, as well as the results of previous tests – up to 12 – for which you registered since June 1, 2007. Scores obtained before June 2007 are not valid for law school, but you may contact LSAC to request old score reports.

    The LSAT raw score is calculated on the number of questions answered correctly. There are no points deducted for incorrect answers, and each question is weighted the same throughout the test. The raw score is then converted to an LSAT score, with a range from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 the highest.

     

     

    How does score cancellation work?

    You can cancel your score on your answer sheet on the day of the test itself. Simply follow the instructions on the answer sheet to cancel your score. You will receive confirmation of your cancelled score after two or three weeks from your test date.

    Alternatively, you can send a written cancellation request to LSAC within six calendar days from the day you took the test. You can do this by fax or mail. Be sure to include:

    • statement saying that you wish to cancel your LSAT score
    • name and LSAC account number
    • test date, test centre name and code number
    • signature (unsigned requests will not be processed)

    Send your request to:

    Law School Admission Council
    Score Cancellation
    662 Penn St.
    PO Box 2000-T
    Newtown PA 18940-0995

    or by fax to: 215-968-1277

    If you do not receive a confirmation from LSAC that your score cancellation has been processed, contact LSAC immediately at 215-968-1001. Once you cancel your score, you will not receive a score or a copy of your answer sheet.

     

     

    What is the LSAT refund policy?

    LSAT fees are only partially refundable. To request a partial refund, sign and complete the Refund Request Form, or write a written request.

    Mail it to:

    LSAC
    PO Box 2000-T
    Newtown PA 18940

    Or fax to: 215-968-1277

    Include:

    • your name
    • address
    • LSAC account number
    • last four digits of your Social Insurance number
    • test date for which you want a refund
    • signature and date

    Refunds take approximately three weeks to process. If you miss the refund deadline, you may still change your test date online.

     

     

    What is the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)?

    Founded in 1947, the LSAC is a non-profit corporation providing products and services to assist schools and applicants in the law school application process. It is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

    All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are members of the Council, as well as Canadian law schools recognized by a provincial or territorial law society or government agency. The following lists the Canadian law schools that are voting members of the LSAC:

    • University of Alberta Faculty of Law
    • University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
    • University of Calgary Faculty of Law
    • Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
    • Lakehead University Faculty of Law
    • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
    • McGill University Faculty of Law (Faculté de droit Université McGill)
    • University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
    • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
    • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Université d'Ottawa Faculté de droit)
    • Queen's University Faculty of Law
    • University of Saskatchewan College of Law
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    • University of Victoria Faculty of Law
    • Western University, Canada
    • University of Windsor Faculty of Law

     

     

    How can I contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in Canada?

    Automated Telephone System: 215-968-1001
    Hours: Available at all times except 6:00am-8:00am on Sundays

    Mailing address:
    Law School Admission Council
    662 Penn Street
    Newtown PA 18940

    Email: LSACinfo@LSAC.org

     

     

    What are the LSAT test centre regulations?

    The test-taker agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of LSAC test centre regulations. LSAC notes that ignorance of these rules will not be considered an excuse for their violation. See www.lsac.org for more information.

    Items allowed in the test room:

    • clear, plastic Ziploc bag
    • maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair and may be accessed only during the break
    • Ziploc bag may only contain the following items: valid ID; wallet; keys; analog (nondigital) wristwatch; medical or hygiene products; #2 or HB wooden pencils, a highlighter, erasers, pencil sharpener (no mechanical pencils); tissues; and beverage in plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml maximum size) and snack for break only
    • No aluminum cans allowed

    Items allowed on the desktop:

    • tissues, ID, wooden pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, highlighter and analog wristwatch
    • no electronic devices

    Items not allowed at the test centre:

    • electronic timers of any kind (only analog wristwatches are allowed)
    • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
    • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
    • personal computers
    • calculators
    • photographic or recording devices
    • listening devices
    • headsets, iPods, or other media players
    • books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
    • rulers
    • mechanical pencils
    • briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
    • earplugs
    • hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
    • weapons or firearms

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