LSAT Test Format
The test includes five sections in paper of 35-minutes. These sections consists of multiple-choice questions. Among the five questions, only four are considered for testing. The unscored sections include variable section, and the writing section, which is administered at the end of the test. The variable section placement may vary in test every time while the writing section also is of 35 minutes. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
What the Test Measures
The LSAT test is all about testing the skills which are required so that you can have success in the law field. This testing by the way of test includes the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
Pattern of Examination
The three multiple-choice question types in the LSAT are:
- Reading Comprehension Questions: This section tests your ability to read by understanding the concept and its insight. It includes examples of lengthy and complex materials which are generally encountered in law school. This section comprises of four sets of passages followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.
- Analytical Reasoning Questions: These questions check your ability as to how well you can understand and draw conclusions about the relationships structure. You 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.
- Logical Reasoning Questions: This section is clearly based so as to test the student's compatibility to the law career. For success in this career, he needs to analyze deeply, critically evaluate, and come to a conclusion. Hence for this, in the test, there is a passage which is followed by a question which are well 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.