Like many professional schools that exist in the United States and Canada, a standardized test is needed to enter law school along with other supporting information.
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Since you are still reading, let us open the bag of surprises. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is one of the many services extended to students by the Law Admission Council(LSAC). Formed in 1947, the council facilitates products and services for 220 law schools across the United States and Canada. Perhaps, you are wondering what the Law School Admission Test(LSAT) is, how to prepare for it and the content of the test? If that is correct, please jump to column two.
|The LSAT The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is given four times a year and is approximately three hours and thirty minutes long. The test is not designed to test intelligence but rather skills that are considered necessary in law school. Such skills include reading comprehension, logical thinking and reasoning. Each skill is equally divided into sections of five 35 minute multiple choice questions. It must be noted that, only four out of the five sections contribute to calculating an individual’s score. The LSAT scores individual’s on a 120-180 scale with 120 being the lowest score and 180 being the highest. The average score for test takers typically lie in early 150’s. Bare in mind that although your Lsat score is important, it is not the only deciding factor of acceptance. #nosweat. Thought college was competitive? Welcome to law school!!|| WHEN TO TAKE THE LSAT?|
It is recommended to take the LSAT the summer before your senior year of college. You must be prepared to take the exam at the earliest date possible to accommodate canceling a score, changing a test date or retaking the test. Avoid taking the LSAT in February for admittance in the Fall since most colleges have already decided on the majority of their admission decisions. PREPARING FOR THE LSAT. The most effective method of scoring high on the LSAT is by practicing questions over and over again until the format of the exam is easily understood. In addition, time yourself while practicing to build endurance. The less time in each section, the better. It must be noted that the LSAT does not deduct points for incorrect answers so answer as much as you can. That’s right, guess! Test prep courses are expensive but contribute positively to LSAT preparation. One suggestion is old LSATs that are available for purchase on the Law School Admission Council website. Now that you have an overview of the application process, Get a ticket and join me next month where I tackle each aspect of the application process.