What is the LSAT?
The Law School Admission Test is a required admission test for most law schools. It is comprised of 6 sections, with 5 multiple-choice sections and one essay section. Each section is 35 minutes long. Including breaks, the test will last a little more than 4 hours.
Logical Reasoning (Arguing) Section
This section consists of multiple-choice questions directed at analyzing and evaluating arguments. It also includes 2 separate sections of about 25 questions each. The skills tested include determining the main points of an argument, applying logic to abstract questions, and finding relevant information within text.
Analytical Reasoning (Games) Section
This section presents test takers with logical "games." It includes one section of about 25 questions. The goals of the "games" are to draw conclusions, make deductions, and make predictions based on a predetermined set of rules. The skills tested include understanding effects of rules and decisions on outcomes, determining relationships between concepts, applying logic to complex or extraordinary situations.
Reading Comprehension Section
This section has 4 individual sections:
3 sections include readings between 400 and 500 words long
1 section has two short readings, each between 200 and 300 words long
Each reading is followed by a list of questions
The section as a whole consists of about 27 questions. The skills tested include drawing inferences based on text, determining main ideas of passages, finding relevant information within text, and the ability to understand dense, intellectual text.
This section is not graded, but it is sent to schools with your LSAT score and is sometimes used as a "tiebreaker" when comparing candidates with similarities in other measures. You will be presented with a hypothetical situation and provided with two courses of action. You must then choose one course of action and provide reasoning with the decision. The skills tested include forming and supporting an argument based on given facts and the ability to use written English to express an idea.
This section is used to test potential questions for future LSAT takers and consists of about 25 questions. It is presented as an extra logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, or reading comprehension section. However, there is no way to tell which part of your test is experimental, so it is important to pay equal attention and effort to each section throughout the LSAT, according to the Princeton Review.