The LSAT is required by most law schools as part of the admission process (a small, but growing number also accept the GRE). Your LSAT score is a key component of law school applications.

LSAT Quick Facts

LSAT Test Dates 7 times/year starting in 2018
LSAT Length 3 hours, 30 minutes
LSAT Sections
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Sample
LSAT Cost $180, but there are other fees too. See below for more detail.
LSAT Score Range 120–180
LSAT Average Score 151

What is the LSAT?

The LSAT or the Law School Admission Test is an entrance exam required for admission to most law schools. It is a multiple-choice paper-and-pencil test that is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). 

Law schools consider your LSAT score along with the other components of your law school application: your GPA, the Credential Assembly Service application, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. At many law schools, your LSAT score is weighted just as heavily (or even more heavily than) your undergraduate GPA. Overall, the higher you score on the LSAT the more options for attending law school will be available to you.

Some law schools are accepting (or are considering accepting) GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores.

When should I take the LSAT?

The LSAT is offered 7 times a year. Schedule your LSAT test early enough that your scores will be available by your first law school application deadline. You can confirm each law program's admission policies in our law school profiles. Keep in mind that many law schools accept students on a rolling basis, so the earlier you can submit a complete application, the better.

What is on the LSAT?

There are four main LSAT sections:

  • Logical Reasoning (also known as Arguments)
  • Analytical Reasoning (also known as Logic Games)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • an unscored Writing Sample (also known as the Essay)

The LSAT also includes an unscored experimental section.

How long is the LSAT?

The LSAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes long. The test consists of 99–102 multiple-choice questions. LSAT is designed so that the average test taker should not be able to comfortably complete all the questions in the time allotted.

How is the LSAT scored?

The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180 points. Because most top law schools average multiple LSAT scores, it's best to prepare as thoroughly as possible and only take the test once. Check out our guide to LSAT scores.

How do I register for the LSAT?

LSAT registration deadlines are typically one month before the LSAT test date. The LSAT is offered 7 times a year. You can register online at www.lsac.org.

What fees are associated with the LSAT?

It costs $180 to take the LSAT and receive one free score report. In addition, subscription to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is required for application for most law schools. This subscription costs $185 and includes one free score report. Additional score reports cost $35. Waiver forms for the LSAT and CAS fees are available through LSAC and can be downloaded from the LSAC website.

How can I prepare for the LSAT?

We can help. We have LSAT prep solutions for every student and every budget.