… The LSAT provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.
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The test is administered in English and consists of four 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. You will get a total of about 100 scored questions.
The test sections include:
• Reading comprehension questions, which measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The reading comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material from the following areas: Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, and Law. The texts are followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities;
• Logical reasoning questions (two sections), which assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Each logical reasoning question requires the test taker to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer a question about it. Topics include Government, Economics, Business, Health, Psychology, Environment etc. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning. These skills include drawing well-supported conclusions, reasoning by analogy, determining how additional evidence affects an argument, applying principles or rules, and identifying argument flaws;
• Analytical reasoning questions, which measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about it. Test takers are asked to reason deductively from a set of statements and rules or principles that describe relationships among persons, things, or events. Analytical reasoning questions reflect the kinds of complex analyses that a law student performs in the course of legal problem solving.
In addition, you will get two unscored sections:
• One section of multiple-choice questions, also 35 minutes long, The unscored section is typically used to pretest new test items. The placement of this section, which is commonly referred to as the variable section, varies for different administrations of the test;
• One writing sample, for which 35 minutes are allocated. The writing sample is not scored, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
The test is administered in the paper and pencil format and takes about four hours to complete, but prepare to spend more time at the test center because of testing procedures.
The score scale is 120 to 180, with 150 as the average. Only correct answers count, there is no penalty for guessing.
There is no pass/fail score. Also, there is no minimum cut score that will get you into law school.
There are two types of centers: published and nonpublished.
The list of published centers can be downloaded from the official website:
The only published LSAT test center in Romania is the one at Vasile Goldis University in Arad.
The test center at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center in Bucharest is nonpublished.
The testing centers, be they published or nonpublished, are not involved in the registration for the test. To register, please follow the guidelines under the section How to register for the test? which you will find below.
To take the test at a nonpublished test center, follow the registration procedures recommended on the official website. You will need to create an online LSAC account to start the registration procedure and include your account number on your request for a nonpublished test center. Please note that the request for a nonpublished test center must be completed in writing via fax or mail, so you need to submit your registration documents as early as possible. The deadlines are listed on the official website. Please contact LSAC at email@example.com to receive the Information Book for mail/fax registration.
Walk-in registration on test day is not permitted at any test center for any test administration.
Retaking the test
According to the official website, candidates may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if test takers cancel their score or it is not otherwise reported.
Please carefully read information and instructions available on the official website http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/day-of-test.asp to become familiar with the test day procedures and regulations.
LSAC will send score reports by mail approximately four weeks after the test. Test takers who have LSAC online accounts will pay a one-time fee of $25 to obtain hard-copy mailings of account information that is available online.
LSAC will automatically report the results of all LSAT tests – up to 12 – in the test taker's file, including cancellations and absences, within the past five years. An average score is also calculated and reported when you have more than one reportable score.
LSAT scores are valid for 5 years.
Scores older than five years are not considered current for law school reporting and are not available for printing from an online account.
However, you may contact LSAC to request older score reports.
You may also use the sample LSAT questions and test available for free download on the official website http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/lsat-prep-materials.asp.
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