Testmasters LSAT Prep Course FAQs
- What is the LSAT?
- How is the LSAT Scored?
- What is the format of the LSAT?
- When is the LSAT given?
- When should I take the LSAT?
- When should I register for the LSAT?
- How do I register for the LSAT?
- How much does it cost to take the LSAT?
- How long does it take to get my scores back?
- What if I take the LSAT and mess up?
- How many times can I take the LSAT?
- What is a good score on the LSAT?
- Where can I find more information on the LSAT?
- Where can I go to find out more information about law school ratings?
- What factors are most important in choosing a law program?
- What are the major factors that Law Schools look at during the admissions process?
- Why is Testmasters the best LSAT preparation course?
- When should I start preparing for the LSAT?
- How do I find out about scholarships?
- Part-time law school vs. full-time law school
What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is the single most important factor in determining your admission into law school. The LSAT measures skills that are considered essential for success in law school.
How is the LSAT Scored?
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with an average score of 150. Along with your LSAT score, you will receive a percentile ranking. This ranking compares your performance with that of everyone else who has taken the LSAT in the previous three years.
What is the format of the LSAT?
The test consists of five 35 minute sections of multiple-choice questions; four of the five sections contribute to the score. The LSAT includes the following sections: Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning (games), Logical Reasoning (arguments), and Analytical Writing (35 minute essay). The Analytical Writing section does not count towards your score; however, the schools that you apply to will receive a copy of your essay.
When is the LSAT given?
To view the SAT testing schedule, visit lsac.org
When should I take the LSAT?
Many law school admission deadlines tend to be in February; however there are a few schools that have deadlines earlier then February. Keeping the deadlines in mind, most schools require that the LSAT be taken by December of the previous year for admission the following fall; however, taking the test earlier, is advised, so more time can be devoted to the applications during the fall and there are opportunities to retake the LSAT Exam if needed.
When should I register for the LSAT?
Registration deadlines are approximately 4-5 weeks before each test date. You may want to register at least 6 - 8 weeks ahead of time to avoid late fees and ensure that you can take the LSAT at your preferred test center.
How do I register for the LSAT?
To register online, visit www.lsac.org.
To register by phone, call (215)-968-1001.
To register by mail, obtain a copy of the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book from the Law School Admission Council, Inc. (available at your undergraduate advising offices, law schools, and career centers) or call Law Services at (215)-968-1001 and have them mail you a copy. Then, complete the LSAT registration form found in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book and mail it with the appropriate payment in the pre-addressed return envelope.
How much does it cost to take the LSAT?
The LSAT registration fee is $118.00; if you register late, there is an additional fee of $60.00. In addition, subscription to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) is required for application to most law schools. This subscription costs $109 and includes one free score report. To send Additional LSDAS Law School Reports to law schools, it is $12.00 each. For more LSAT - related fees, click on the following link: http://lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=lsac/lsat-and-lsdas-fees.asp.
How long does it take to get my scores back?
If you have LSAT online accounts you should receive your score, approximately 3 weeks after taking the test. You can also receive your scores via the phone with TelScore, for a fee of $10, approximately three weeks after taking the test. For TelScore services, call (215)-968-1200. The scores are mailed approximately 4 weeks after each test. Note: Students who have LSAC online accounts will pay a one-time fee of $25.00 to obtain hard-copy mailings of account information that is available online.
What if I take the LSAT and mess up?
If you are absolutely sure that you want to cancel your score, you can complete the score cancellation section on the LSAT answer sheet at the test center. If you decide to cancel your score after you have left the test center, then LSAC must receive a signed fax, overnight letter, or expedited mailed score cancellation form (available at the test center) within 9 calendar days of the test. Valid score cancellation requests must include the following: Your statement that you wish to cancel your LSAT score, your name, LSAC account number, and Social Security or Canadian Social Insurance number, the test date, test center name and code number, and your signature (unsigned cancellation requests will not be processed). Send your request via one of the following methods:
Mail cancellation request to:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0995
After your cancellation request has been processed, LSAC will send you a confirmation via mail. If you do not receive the confirmation within five calendar days after the date your request was submitted, contact LSAC to verify that your request was processed. Alternatively, you can confirm your cancellation request by visiting www.LSAC.org website in the "Account Status" section of your online account. You can also call (215)-968-1001 to find out the status of your cancellation request (allow at least 3 days after sending the request before calling). It is recommended that you keep proof that your score cancellation request was successfully completed along with a copy of your score cancellation request. If your score cancellation request was not received by the deadline or was not processed, you can submit proof that you sent the information, and that LSAC received your request before the deadline (this must be done within 15 calendar days after the LSAT Exam).
How many times can I take the LSAT?
You cannot take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This rule applies even if you cancel your score. LSAC may cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any steps necessary to enforce this policy. Be aware that law schools may average your scores if you have multiple scores. It is never advisable to take the LSAT for practice only or thinking that you can "just take it again" if you do not like your score.
What is a good score on the LSAT?
A good LSAT score depends on which law school you want to go to. You can call your prospective law schools and request for statistics such as the median LSAT score of the previous year's students that were admitted. You can also obtain ranges such as, what percentage of students with your score were accepted to which law schools. The www.lsac.org website has a search engine that allows you to search and sort different types of data. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180. To give you an idea, the breakdown of what percent of the students score in which range:
- 12.5% of test takers score 162 or above
- 12.5% of test takers score 142 or below
- 75.0% of test takers score between 142 and 162
Below is a list of the top 20 Law Schools with the average LSAT scores and the average GPA for the accepted students in 2005:
Law School 2005 LSAT Score 75th Percentile UGPA Yale Law School 175 3.95 Stanford University Law School 172 3.96 Harvard Law School 176 3.92 Columbia University School of Law 173 3.80 New York University School of Law 172 3.89 University of Chicago Law School 172 3.80 University of Pennsylvania Law School 171 3.85 University of California, Berkeley School of Law 168 3.90 University of Virginia School of Law 171 3.83 University of Michigan Law School 169 3.78 Duke University School of Law 166 3.86 Northwestern University School of Law 169 3.78 Cornell University Law School 168 3.80 Georgetown University Law Center 169 3.79 University of California at Los Angeles School of Law 169 3.82 The University of Texas School of Law 168 3.83 University of Southern California Law School 167 3.78 Vanderbilt University Law School 167 3.85 The George Washington University Law School 166 3.78 University of Minnesota Law School 167 3.78
*Source: Law School Admission Council, 2005 (LSAT Scores and UGPA).
*Source: U.S. News & World Report www.usnews.com (Law School Rank List).
Where can I find more information on the LSAT?
For more information on the LSAT, visit www.lsac.org.
Where can I go to find out more information about law school ratings?
For information on law school ratings please visit http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/law/lawindex_brief.php.
What factors are most important in choosing a law program?
There are three major factors that you should consider when choosing a law program.
- Economic Factor - This factor includes the actual dollar amount that will be required to complete the program. You may want to consider the financial aid options provided by the institutions. You may also want to consider whether you want to attend whether you want to attend school on a part-time or a full-time basis.
- Personal Factor - This factor includes factors that are acceptable to you, such as, the location, distance from home, and facilities available to you. You may also want to consider programs based on where you want to practice after the completion of your program. This would allow for opportunities to apply to these firms for internships or summer employment.
- Academic Factor - This is determined by your LSAT Score and your GPA; based on these numbers, you should consider which schools you think will accept you into their program.
Based on your preferences, you can narrow down your search by choosing factors that are important to you; This link will allow you to do this.
What are the major factors that Law Schools look at during the admissions process?
Law schools look at the following 5 factors when looking for potential students:
- College GPA - Grades can account for 30-40 percent (up to 50%) for the admission decision.
- LSAT - The LSAT is given much weight, up to 50 percent or more of the decision in the law school selection process.
- Personal Statement - You can use this to distinguish yourself from other candidates and present yourself beyond what the numbers say about you.
- Letters of Recommendation - 2 to 3 are requested; this will give the officers an opportunity to see how your professors view you as an individual.
- Activities/Work Experience - Any activities that show your level of responsibility and leadership qualities. It would be better to concentrate on a few activities rather than on many different activities. Experience in a legal department or related to law is usually a plus.
Why is Testmasters the best LSAT preparation course?
- Testmasters LSAT Courses offer an intensive program with 16 classes of 3 hours each over 5 weeks and 4 online workshops of 3 hours each. Testmasters Courses offer unique and highly effective strategies not taught anywhere else, by highly experienced, dynamic instructors.
- Highest Score Increase Guarantee - if you do not improve by at least 10 points, then you can take the next available LSAT course for free.
- All exams administered in class are real LSAT exams. Testmasters provides computerized grading for every LSAT exam, giving you information about the various areas you need to focus on to improve your score.
- Course materials include our Testmasters LSAT Manual with tricks and tips to do well on the LSAT and a personal set of every official LSAT exam for each student (only Testmasters offers this).
When should I start preparing for the LSAT?
It is never too early to start preparing for the LSAT. Familiarizing yourself with the exam, its format, types of questions asked, and knowing what skills you need to improve will be advantageous when taking the exam. It would also be beneficial to use as much time as you can to do some practice exams in the exact testing conditions. Testmasters recommends giving yourself 3-6 months time to prepare - depending you how much you need to improve from your diagnostic exam. Because the LSAC (and Testmasters) has every prior LSAT available -there is plenty of material to study with and should be no reason to take the LSAT more than once as long as you give yourself time to go through the material in advance.
How do I find out about scholarships?
We suggest you inquire with your prospective law school to find out more about availability, requirements for scholarships. If you are employed, you may want to inquire with your company for any tuition assistance or scholarship opportunities.
Part-time law school vs. full-time law school
- Costs - Part-time programs generally allow you to work more during the school year, whereas, full-time students are not given the same opportunities because their schedule does not allow them to work more then 20 hours a week. To off-set this, institutions reserve a larger percent of their grant and scholarship funds for full-time students.
- Academic Experience - Part-time students may have a difficult time juggling school, work and a personal life. Many times academic performance of students tends to suffer, if they are unable to juggle different aspects of their lives. Academic performance opens many doors to opportunities, so part-time students may miss out on these opportunities, which can aid in building your resume. Also, part-time students may have limited selection for evening courses, which would make it much more difficult to take required courses, thereby, postponing the completion of the program.
- Opportunities After Graduation - Part-time students typically have a full-time job, which means that they cannot take part in other programs such as internships in a law-related field. These opportunities are a great way finding a firm that you may want to potentially work for after the completion of your program.
Before deciding on a part-time or full-time program, check with each individual school in which you are interested in to find out the advantages and disadvantages to their programs. Of the top 100 schools according to the U.S. News & World Report, the following 49 institutions offer a part-time program:
- American University (Washington)
- Boston College
- Brooklyn Law School
- Cardozo-Yeshiva University
- Case Western Reserve University
- DePaul University
- Duke University
- Fordham University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- Georgetown University
- Georgia State University
- Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago Kent)
- Indiana University-Bloomington
- Indiana University-Indianapolis
- Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern)
- Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
- Loyola Law School
- Loyola University Chicago
- Mercer University
- Rutgers State University-Camden
- Rutgers State University-Newark
- Santa Clara University
- Seattle University
- Seton Hall University
- Southern Methodist University
- St. John's University
- St. Louis University
- Temple University (Beasley)
- University of Colorado-Boulder
- University of Connecticut
- University of Denver (Sturm)
- University of Houston
- University of Maryland
- University of Miami
- University of Mississippi
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Richmond
- University of San Diego
- University of San Francisco
- University of the Pacific (McGeorge)
- University of Toledo
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Vanderbilt University
- Wake Forest University
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Yale University