The LSAT stands for Law School Admission Test, and it is a standardized test that assesses logic, reasoning, and other skills successful law students will need.
Students applying to law school in Canada will need to complete the LSAT as this is required by most law schools. Programs taught in French will not typically require the LSAT since the test is only offered in English. Starting in 2018 the LSAT will be offered 6 times a year instead of 4 times. Students can find information regarding LSAT dates and registration on the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. The LSAT costs around $180 to take, with additional costs during the law school application process.
The LSAT is a half day test with 6 sections, with each being 35 minutes long. The section breakdown is as follows: Two logical reasoning sections, one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, one unscored and unreported section of any of the previous three, and one essay (unscored but reported). Aside from the essay component, the other sections on the LSAT are multiple choice, with five options as answers and no penalty for wrong answers.
The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180, with competitive scores for admissions falling around 160. The LSAT can be retaken as many times as desired if students hope to increase their score. Many schools look at the highest LSAT score on a student’s application, but some schools take the average of past LSAT scores.
Although there is no particular content that students must learn for the LSAT, studying for the LSAT will help students manage their time during the test and give them strategies to help answer the questions. Students can self-study for the LSAT and purchase LSAT guides from most bookstores, or students can sign up to take LSAT prep-courses, offered through businesses like The Princeton Review. With multiple styles of classes to choose from, students can choose to work online and self-paced or have in class and online instruction.