LSAT Test Prep
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a half-day test that must be completed in order to be considered for admission to any of the 205 LSAC (Law School Admission Council) member law schools (besides University of Arizona) that confer the JD. The purpose of this standardized test is to provide the schools with a comparative measure with which to judge their applicants given the vast differences in the curricula and grading scales of the applicants’ academic transcripts.
When Should You Take the LSAT?
The LSAT is administered four times a year. Most schools require the applicants to take the exam by December. However, for a number of reasons including that it is normally better to apply early, we recommend that you sit for the test in June or October at the latest.
How is the LSAT Scored?
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with the 50th percentile being around 150. To be competitive at a top 25 law school, you will want to be at or above 160.
A Nasty ‘Urban Myth’ About LSAT Scores
Too often, applicants dismiss schools where their LSAT test prep failed them and their scores are below the average. This is completely insane!!! Depending on other factors the admissions committees will consider — such as your GPA, personal statement, and letters of reference — you may be competitive with a score that is not too far below that school’s average. (In other words, don’t completely dismiss applying to Harvard Law School just because your LSAT score is 168, which is only 2 points below their 25th percentile.)
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Self Study Versus LSAT Prep Courses
Click here to read an expert’s opinion about what you should do before you decide to work with a tutor or prep course.
We believe this should be a personal choice. If you feel that you are disciplined enough to study on your own and you will be able to understand the explanations given in your preparation books, then you may not need to take a prep course. One advantage of self study is that you will maintain more flexibility in your schedule and you will not waste precious study time commuting back and forth to the LSAT test prep classroom. Of course a prep course can provide you with additional test-taking discipline and we have interviewed law school applicants who claim they learned techniques in the classrooms that were not covered in any LSAT review book.