We break down the LSAT by What, When, Where, Why, and How on this webpage. While there are a wide variety of resources that exist to help you learn about and prepare for the LSAT, the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) information about the LSAT is the official source.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The LSAT consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the “variable section”, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report. A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test (from LSAC’s About the LSAT).
Your LSAT score is based on the number of questions answered correctly (the raw score). There is no deduction for incorrect answers, nor are individual questions on the various test sections weighted differently. Raw scores are converted to an LSAT scale that ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 the highest possible score (from LSAC’s Your LSAT Score).
There are a limited number of seats available at each test center for each test administration. You should register as early as possible to increase your chances of being assigned to your first-choice test center. See LSAT Test Center Locations here.
The LSAT Test Centers in Orlando have typically been at:
- Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
- Florida A&M University College of Law
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others (from LSAC’s About the LSAT).
One of the most frequent questions we receive from Pre-Law students is about how to prepare for the LSAT. Preparing for the LSAT should take a few months. During your LSAT prep, you should 1) read multiple resources on LSAT strategies for answering questions and you should 2) take multiple LSAT practice tests. According to LSAC’s Preparing for the LSAT, “Very few people achieve their full potential on the LSAT without some preparation. At a minimum, you should take a practice test, including the writing sample, under actual time constraints. (Read about taking a Free LSAT Practice Test in PHPL Advising.) This will help you estimate how much time you can afford to spend on each question, as well as which question types you should spend additional time practicing.”
Below are some options that UCF Pre-Law students have used for LSAT preparation. (Note: This is not a comprehensive list of LSAT prep options, and it is not an endorsement of any of these LSAT prep companies. It is simply meant to be a list of resources to get you started and thinking about LSAT prep options.)
Self-Study Prep ($)
- LSAC’s FREE Official LSAT Prep Materials and Videos
- LSAC Official PrepTest Books
- LSAT Official PrepTest eBooks
- Khan Academy FREE LSAT Prep – Coming Fall 2018
- LSAT Prep Books: Dozens of LSAT prep books can be found on websites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble
- LSAT Practice Tests: Most former actual LSATs can be found and purchased for a reasonable cost on websites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Online Class Prep ($$)
- UCF Test Prep LSAT Prep – select “Graduate” to see LSAT course offerings; self-paced online
- Kaplan LSAT Prep – self-paced online or live online
- Princeton Review LSAT Prep – self-paced online and live online
- LSAT Max
- PowerScore LSAT
- TestMasters LSAT
- 7Sage LSAT
- Magoosh LSAT