The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is the standardized test that law schools use to assess prospective law school students. The test has existed since 1948 and is used by schools in the United States, Canada and Australia in the law school admissions process. The LSAT is used to assess logical thinking, reading comprehension and verbal reasoning proficiencies.
The exam takes close to half of the day and comprises of six sections. There are four multiple choice sections, a non-graded experimental section and a non-scored writing section. The best score you can get on the LSATs is 180. The LSAT is administered 4 times a year in June, September/October, December, and February.
The Law School Admission Council actually recommends preparation and studying for the exam due to the fact that it plays such a big role in the decision making process of law schools and studies have shown that preparation time corresponds to higher scores on the LSATs. The format of the exam and the type of questions that appear on the exam are fairly consistent year after year, thus allowing students to practice the questions that will most likely appear on the exam. It is also recommended to get familiar with the test format to save time come exam day.
Many undergrads ask if there is a major that will help prepare you the LSATs. Although there is no exact answer, this list might give you an insight into what majors do the best on the exam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_School_Admission_Test) :
University of North Texas economist Michael Nieswiadomy has conducted several studies (in 1998, 2006, and 2008) derived from LSAC data. In the most recent study Nieswiadomy took the LSAC’s categorization of test-takers into 162 majors and grouped these into 29 categories, finding the averages of each major:
- Mathematics/Physics 160.0
- Economics and Philosophy/Theology (tie) 157.4
- International relations 156.5
- Engineering 156.2
- Government/service 156.1
- Chemistry 156.1
- History 155.9
- Interdisciplinary studies 155.5
- Foreign languages 155.3
- English 155.2
- Biology/natural sciences 154.8
- Arts 154.2
- Computer science 154.0
- Finance 153.4
- Political science 153.1
- Psychology 152.5
- Liberal arts 152.4
- Anthropology/geography 152.2
- Accounting 151.7
- Journalism 151.5
- Sociology/social work 151.2
- Marketing 150.8
- Business management 149.7
- Education 149.4
- Business administration 149.1
- Health professions 148.4
- Pre-law 148.3
- Criminal justice 146.0
Since preparation for the LSAT is a good indicator of score, it might be a good idea to get a head start on studying long before you plan to take your exam. But like all college students, you might not have tons of free time on your hands with club activities, sports and other classes. You need to make every hour you put into studying as efficient as possible. The best way to do that is to find a private tutor that will make each of your studying minutes as effective as possible. Look below and find a LSAT tutor that will save you time, and help you get the score you need.
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