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The LSAT

The LSAT is a half-day test composed of five multiple-choice sections of 35-minutes each, plus a 30-minute essay. The test covers reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning (sometimes called logic games). The test is given four times per year: June, September/October, December, and February. Unlike other graduate and professional exams, the LSAT is a paper and pencil (must be a wooden pencil!) test. Score range from 120 to 180. The Aggie LSAT median in 2016 was 155.

It’s never too early to take a practice LSAT. You can download and print from from LSAC to see the types of questions that are asked. Kaplan and Princeton Review give practice exams online with no cost or obligation. Try to take a practice exam before the end of your sophomore year. This should give you sufficient time to decide whether you will do self-prep or take a commercial prep course. Which method to choose is very personal and depends upon your starting score, your goal score, your level of personal responsibility and motivation, and the craziness of your schedule.  One size does not fit all!

If possible, take the LSAT in June the summer before you apply. Thus, if you want to attend law school in Fall 2018, you should apply in Fall 2017 and test in June 2017. Scores are typically valid for four or five years. In the end, the best time to take the LSAT is when you have the time and ability to prepare for it.

Once you have a timed practice score, the PreLaw advisor is happy to discuss your prep options and help you sift through that decision.