LSAT Test Structure
LSAT test consists of 101 questions. All these questions have multiple choices. The test taker must answer all the questions no matter he or she knows the answer or not. The answers can be guessed and there is no harm in guessing. The whole test lasts about three and a half hours on a Saturday morning. There is an availability of alternate dates if the candidate has any genuine religious reason only. The LSAT test is first evaluated in the form of grades. Later it is worked out on the score format. In the score format it is calculated between the minimum range of 120 and the maximum of 180. After this evaluation the percentage is calculated based on the marks worked out.
The LSAT test structure includes
- Analytical reasoning
- Logical reasoning
- Reading comprehension
The Analytical reasoning segment has one section with twenty four questions with an allotted time span of thirty five minutes. This section mostly has puzzles that need analytical skills to solve them. The logical reasoning segment is further broken down in to two sections. They comprise questions on arguments. This segment has about twenty-four to twenty-six questions. The third segment of comprehension reading consists of twenty-six to twenty-eight questions in it. Time allotted for the all the about mentioned segments is thirty-five minutes. The last segment or the sample writing segment expects the candidate to write one essay and thirty minutes are allotted for this section.
Every single question asked in the LSAT test, accounts for the final evaluation of the candidates thinking power. In the sample writing section, the essay written does not account for any score boost. But in turn it is sent to the law schools respectively to which the candidate has applied for. The law schools will receive a copy of the essay written for analysis.
LSAT Test Sections
The LSAT test sections comprise of the comprehension reading, analytical reasoning and two logical reasoning in all. The total number of LSAT sections work up to five sections in all. Four of the sections are multiple choice questions.
The first is the comprehension reading section in the LSAT test. Reading comprehension might sound simple but it is not. The student needs to carefully go through the hidden meaning in the passage to answer the questions at the end of the passage. This section will have 500 words each spread in about four passages in all. It is very difficult to understand the relationship between the four passages sometimes. The student feels like being in a maze by the time he is out of this section.
The Analytical reasoning section in the LSAT test is designed in order to check the understanding capability between relationships. Not only understanding but the student has to draw the final outcome of the points he or she has understood. Hence the pencil should be kept ready for this purpose. With a limited time frame and the pending list of questions to be answered it is quiet taxing on the students part. Given a scene the student is asked to work out relationships and rules. This test stimulates the student in solving real legal cases they are going to face in future. For example note this passage below and try to get the answer from the five choices provided.
Most of us select our careers based on the natural in-built characteristic we have. Like wise when one student aspires to be a lawyer he/ she must be loving arguments. The logical reasoning section comprises of nothing but handling arguments. A major part of the LSAT question paper is covered in this section. This section in the LSAT test exists in order to know the students ability to take part in the arguments. The student must be very careful while covering this section. It is up to the student to assume the right answer based on the sentence provided.
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