The LSAT at a Glance
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is unlike any test you've ever taken in your academic career. The LSAT is a skills-based exam designed to test the critical reading and analytical thinking skills that are crucial for success in law school.
|Section||Time||Format||Logical Reasoning (2 sections)||35 mins each||24-26 questions each|
|Logic Games||35 min||22-24 questions|
|Reading Comprehension||35 min||26-28 questions|
|Experimental Section||35 min||22-28 questions|
|Writing Sample||35 min||1 essay|
Understanding Your LSAT Score
When you receive your LSAT score, it will include the following:
- One overall score ranging from 120-180
- A "score band" a range of scaled scores above and below your score
- A percentile score, ranking your performance relative to the scores of a large sample population of other LSAT test takers
Receiving Your LSAT Score
You'll receive your score via email approximately 3-4 weeks after the test. If you take the LSAT more than once, law schools will see all scores earned within the past 5 years, although most will evaluate your candidacy based upon your highest score. Law schools will also see if you canceled a score, withdrew or no-showed from a test administration. Your score is only released to you and the law schools to which you applied.
Canceling Your LSAT Score
You have 6 calendar days after you take the LSAT to cancel your score in your LSAC account. You will not see your score before you decide to cancel. If you take the exam more than once, Law Services reports the average score, each separate score, and each cancellation. Most schools will not question one cancellation on your record; but will question multiple ones. Also, you may not take the LSAT more than 3 times in any 2-year period.
Should I cancel my LSAT score?
You shouldn't take the decision to cancel your score lightly. In fact, there are usually only 2 valid reasons to cancel your score: Test day factors affected your experience or you were inadequately prepared.
Nervousness is usually not a valid reason to cancel. Most students are just as nervous—if not more—on their second attempt. Being nervous is normal…and even healthy.
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