The LSAT measures certain skills which are believed to correlate with success in law school.
These Essential Skills Include:
- The ability to read and comprehend complex tests, showing insight and accuracy.
- Organizing and managing of information in a way which allows you to draw reasonable insight.
- Critical thinking.
- Analyzing and evaluating the arguments and reasoning of others.
The Test Format.
The test is broken down into 5 sections, each section is 35 minutes in length.
Only four of the sections actually count towards your score. These sections are:
- The Reading Comprehension section
- The Analytical Reasoning section
- Two Logical Reasoning sections
There is also what is referred to as, an “un-scored” section or “variable section”. This section is typically used for administrative reasons, for instance, to pretest new test questions or test forms. The placement of this section will vary and interestingly, it is not identified. Identification of the un-scored section is not revealed until you receive your final score report.
Lastly, there is a 35-minute writing sample which is un-scored and administered at the end of the test. The purpose of this is to provide copies of your writing sample to be sent on to all the law schools which you apply to.
It is important to become familiar with the format and types of questions you will find on the LSAT. Here is a link to the June 2007 Official LSAT Preptest: