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LSAT stands for Law School Admissions Test. American, Canadian, Caribbean and Australian candidates must pass the LSAT as a prerequisite for entering law school. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) administers the half-day LSAT test at established and non-published test sites around the world.

Law School Admissions TestTesting occurs four times per year, in June, September, December, and February. LSAT test has six sections of 35 minutes each (210 minutes or 3.5 hours of testing and a rest period). LSAC scores four of out of five multiple choice sections. The fifth (variable) section pilots new questions and is un-scored. The variable section is placed at LSAC’s discretion. The candidate completes a 35-minute writing sample at the end of the LSAT test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but forwards it to the candidate’s prospective law schools for evaluation.

Most law schools combine all of a candidate’s LSAT scores from the past five years to calculate the average score. Some schools look only at a candidate’s highest LSAT test score as the deciding factor for admission. A candidate who is dissatisfied with the initial score can repeat the LSAT in an attempt to better the score. Investigate the policies of the schools to which you will apply before you repeat the LSAT. Reconsider carefully if your most recent LSAT test score is acceptable but you hope to improve it by a few points. If your preferred schools average your LSAT scores, and you do not equal or better your previous performance, then repeating the test could actually cause your combined score to drop.