Students who wish to apply to law school should learn all about the LSAT, or Law School Admission Test. In the United States, all law schools approved by the American Bar Association require applicants to take the LSAT. Some law schools in Canada and abroad also require the LSAT for admission. The test is comprised of five sections, one of which is un-scored and used to try out new formats or questions.
Each of the five sections on the LSAT consists of a series of multiple-choice questions. There is also a writing section given at the end of the test. A test-taker has 35 minutes to complete each section. The test measures a student's reading comprehension as well as ability to think logically and analytically.
Usually, the LSAT is taken on a Saturday, though there are alternate testing dates available for students who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. In June, the test is given on a Monday. The test takes around 4 hours, or a half of a day to complete. Students must sign up for the test about 6 weeks beforehand and usually receive their scores about a month after the test.
The LSAT scores are based on how many questions a student answers correctly. There isn't a penalty for incorrect answers. LSAT scores range from 120, which is the lowest possible score, to 180, the highest possible. When a student receives a copy of her score report, it also includes a percentile rank, which lets the student know the number of test takers who scored below her.
As of 2011, the LSAT costs $139 to take in the United States and $144 in Canada. There are additional fees if a student registers late or has to change her test date. There are also fees for hand scoring or taking the test at non-published testing centers. Good luck!