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What is The LSAT?

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The LSAT, entrance exam for law school, is administered in the US, Canada, Caribbean, and other countries, is a half day exam applicants must sit through. It is given 4 times annually (on Monday), but in June it is given on Saturday. For individuals who follow the Sabbath, you can take the exam on a weekday so you do not miss service, or go against religious beliefs. If you are applying for the fall, most schools advise taking the exam before December, but it is advised to take the June or September session if possible.

The format:
There are 5 multiple choice sections on the exam, but only 4 are graded. The 5th section is a "pre" test, for questions that will be used in future sessions. Each session is 35 minutes, and following this, there is a 35 minute writing section. It is not graded, but the schools you apply to will receive a copy of the written portion.

What it tests:
The LSAT measures certain aptitudes, as law schools want to know you can not only answer questions properly, but also analyze information properly. Reading and comprehension tests accuracy, organization of information is tested, ability to think critically and draw inferences, analysis, and the ability to properly argue, are all sections that are tested by the questions you are answering on the exam.

Types of questions:
Reading comprehension tests the ability to read a passage, and answer questions about it. There are 4 sections, with a passage, followed by 5 to 8 questions, that relate back to the passage, which show you not only read, but can comprehend and remember what you read.

Analytical reasoning tests your ability to draw a structure, and to draw on different inferences from that sentence or passage. These questions will test the type of scenarios and fact patterns you will see in law school, and in cases that you tackle.

Logical reasoning your ability as an attorney to think quickly and analyze any situation, and in this set or series of problems, this is what you are going to be tested on when you sit in for the exam. You will read a short passage, and along with each one of the passages, you are going to have to answer a question that goes in to detail, and presents a number of scenarios that you can choose from, in relation to the information that is given in that passage.

Legal reasoning and argument are going to be necessary for you to properly answer these logical reasoning questions that are a part of the exam. Drawing conclusions that are well supported, analogy and reasoning, applying new evidence, and determining how new evidence will affect the outcome of a question, are all types of reasoning that you are going to have to do, when you are answering the logical reasoning questions on the exam.



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