Details About the Costs Involved in LSAT
What Are the Different Costs Involved in LSAT?
The costs incurred for appearing for the LSAT include the test fee and other related costs, and the costs you will incur to prepare for the test.
Actual Cost of LSAT :
The following fees are charged for taking the test at a published center in the U.S.A. (the fees are different for centers outside the USA including Canada):
1. The registration fee charged for the test is $139.
2. The cost for the Credential Assembly Service is $124.
3. Auxiliary fees are charged for services that are optional.
4. In order to obtain paper copies of the ticket and to get a paper copy of your score, a one-time fee of $25 is charged.
5. Law school report fee is $16.
6. The late registration fee is $68.
7. You can request a test center change for which the fee charged is $35.
8. The fee charged for requesting a change in test date is $68.
The following fees are charged for taking the exam at an unpublished center:
1. For a center within the United States, the registration fee is $252.
2. For a center outside the United States, the fee is $335.
Mode of Payment:
The LSAC does not accept cash, in any currency. All payments are to be made by checks or money orders in US or Canadian dollars (payable to the LSAC). It also does not accept postdated checks. The LSAC accepts payment by certain credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, DISCOVER and American Express. If you pay using credit cards, your account will be charged in US dollars.
If you feel you stand a good chance to obtain a fee waiver, then you must apply for it as it can reduce the expenses you will otherwise incur. The application form needs to be submitted along with relevant tax documents, at least six weeks prior to the test you have registered for. The eligibility criteria for a fee waiver include the nationality of the applicant. The eligible candidates are United States and Canadian citizens, United States Nationals and Permanent Resident Aliens of the U.S.A. who have an Alien Registration Receipt Card.
The fee waiver will entitle you to two tests within the two-year waiver period, one registration for the CAS and four law school reports included with the CAS (only after final approval of the fee waiver by the LSAC). You will also receive a copy of the Official LSAT SuperPrep.
The Cost of Preparation for the LSAT:
If you prepare for the test on your own, you will reduce your expenditure much more than if you were to take up a prep course. A program of self-study will mean you will need two to four books. A study guide can cost around $20 to $30, so your total book expense can come to about $75. You can further reduce the amount by purchasing second-hand books or by borrowing them. However, if you are not buying new books, you need to check that you have the latest editions and that the information is up-to-date.
Taking a course will of course be more expensive than studying on your own, but for most people, this is a much more effective means of preparation. Personal tutoring can cost between $100 to $150 per hour. However, classroom courses have a larger variation in prices, as different prep companies offer a different number of sessions per course. The prices can start at around $1000 and go up to $8000 for a full-length course. Online and video courses could turn out less expensive. They range from $800 to $6000.
You may be able to get a discount on a prep course, from Blueprint for instance. You need to apply for a discount along with relevant documents, such as your latest financial aid award or tax documents, and the company will determine whether you qualify or not for a discount.
Your total expenses towards the test will, therefore, depend on your choice of the center, the auxiliary services you choose to take, the kind of preparation you do, and whether you are able to get any financial aid for any of these.