Is it your dream to become a lawyer? If so, you will be required to take the LSAT or Law School Admission Test. This can be intimidating for prospective law students. Don’t worry. You are not expected to know anything about the law at this point. However, it is designed to determine if you have the skills necessary to be a successful law school student.
What the LSAT Does NOT Measure
It does not measure your intelligence the way an IQ test does. An IQ test measures your natural and innate ability, which means you cannot improve by studying and/or preparing for this type of test.
It does not measure your knowledge of the law. You will not be asked questions regarding the law. Don’t waste your time at this point studying the basics of law. You will not be expected to know how to write up a contract or will!
What the LSAT Measures
While it does not measure your IQ, it does measure your learned and acquired ability. Therefore, you can prepare and improve your performance by practicing your ability to absorb and process information.
It measures your ability to read, manage, organize, and comprehend complex text. It is designed to measure your analytical thinking and logical reasoning. You will be tested on your ability to make reasonable conclusions on the information given, as well as how fast you can analyze and evaluate from other points of view.
These are all extremely important skills that every prospective law candidate must possess. Do you possess these skills? While you can take a prep course, the prep schedule you follow may not be enough to help you develop the skills needed before you take the test.
However, this does not mean LSAT prep classes will not be beneficial. You can learn these skills, but it might take some practice and time if it does not come to you naturally. The good news is you can take the exam again if you are not satisfied with your score.
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There are five sections made up of 101 multiple choice questions. Each section is 35 minutes long. Although they are multiple choice questions, you cannot rely on common sense. The test makers will throw in answers that seem right but are not correct as a distraction.
After these five sections, you will be required to create a writing sample. You will be asked to form and support an argument based on specific facts given on the test. This essay will not be scored, but it will be sent to the law schools in which you have applied.
There is a purpose to each section of the test. In the logical reasoning section, you will be given a claim to review and required to find and analyze the error in the logic presented. The analytical reasoning section consists of brainteasers where you are presented with a scenario and are required to try to understand it. The reading comprehension gives you text that you are required to read and comprehend.
The LSAT basically tests your skills for deductive reasoning, logical thinking, and reading comprehension. Plan to practice sample LSAT questions at least two months in advance for about an hour a day. This type of thinking will eventually come naturally, and you will be on your way to achieving your career goal of becoming a lawyer.