Atual LSAT test

Planning to take the LSAT? Well you may want to consider studying! More than 50% of students who take the LSAT take a course or study from a book. Here is a full length LSAT test and solutions so you can practice taking one. To ensure the accuracy of your score, make sure to time your self and complete the test all in one sitting, click on the link for the PDF of the test!

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The LSAT

Here is a guidline to preparing for the LSAT. I have read numerous prep books fo the LSAT and there are many things that all of them include. Take as many practice tests as you can, and make sure that those practice tests were official or are as close to official as possible. You can order old LSAT tests from www.lsac.org. The tests come in books of 10 and usually cost anywhere from 19.95 – 30 dollars from this site. The LSAT is a test that you can study for, and preperation will result in a higher score!! This is great news because as long as you want to do well on the LSAT, there are plenty of resouces to do so. One of the most important skills is critical reading. In order to do well on the LSAT you should read carefully and critically. Also you should pace yourself, ofcoarse you should try to finish every problem, and sometimes that means that you will have to do a problem every 1.5 minutes. So there is a definate balance between taking you time and wasting time, as well as solving problems efficiently and rushing. You do not want to RUSH or WASTE TIME!!! These two things will decrease your score substantially. Reading efficiently in a careful and critical manner is the first step towards a great LSAT score.

Other skills that should be improved are problem solving skills. This is where taking alot of practice exams and working through example problems comes in. If you prepare for the logic questions you WILL improve your score.

The LSAT can be mastered, with a LOT of work. It is recommended to take a minimum of 8 practice tests before the real thing. So if you want to be a Lawyer start preparing ASAP!!!

LSAT

If you are a lawyer, your job quality depends on which school you went to. Getting into a good law school requires two things, a high GPA and a great LSAT score.

Here is some information about the LSAT,

The LSAT has has five 35-minute multiple choice sections, one of which is the unscored experimental section, followed by a 35-minute long writing sample. Several different test forms are used for each exam, each presenting the multiple choice sections in a different order. This is done to stagger the sections, making it difficult to cheat or guess the experimental section before testing is complete.

The five sections are:

Logical Reasoning –

The test contains two logical reasoning sections, commonly known as “arguments” or “LR”. Each question begins with a paragraph that presents either an argument or a short set of facts. The paragraph is followed by a prompt asking the test taker to find the argument’s assumption, an alternate conclusion, logical omissions or errors in the argument, to choose another argument with parallel reasoning, or to identify a statement that would either weaken or strengthen the argument. Most paragraphs are followed by only one prompt, although a few are followed by two.

The logical reasoning questions generally go from easiest to hardest, but there is significant random variation as it does so.

Reading Comprehension –

The test contains one reading comprehension (“RC”) section. In recent exams, the section consists of four passages of 400-500 words, one passage each related to law, arts and humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences, with 5-8 questions per passage. The questions ask the examinee to determine the author’s main idea, find information in the passage, draw inferences from the text, and describe the structure of the passage.

In June 2007, a change was made to the test that replaced one of the four passages with a “comparative reading” question.[4] Comparative reading presents the examinee with two short passages with differing perspectives on a topic. The passages combined are approximately the same length as the removed passage. Comparative reading has a parallel on the SAT, which contains a set of paired passages in its critical reading sections, and on the ACT, which does the same in its science section

Anylitical Reasoning -The test has one analytical reasoning section, informally known as the “logic games” section. Each test’s section contains four different “games”. The material generally involves grouping, matching, and ordering of elements. The examinee is presented with a setup (e.g. “there are five people who might attend this afternoon’s meeting”) and partial set of rules that govern the situation (e.g. “if Amy is present, then Bob is not present; if Cathy is present, then Dan is present…”), and is then asked to deduce conclusions from the statements (e.g. “What is the maximum number of people who could be present?”). Individual questions often add rules and occasionally modify existing rules, requiring the examinee to reorganize information quickly

Unscored Section-Each exam includes one experimental section, used to test new questions for future exams. The performance of the examinee on this section is not reported as part of the final score. The examinee is not told which section of the exam is experimental, since to do so could skew the data. To reduce the impact of examinee fatigue on the experimental results, this section is always one of the first three sections of any given test. Because multiple versions of the exam are issued, alert examinees who have two different versions of the test can identify the experimental section by noting which sections they had in common.

Writing Sample-The writing sample is always the final section of the test. The writing sample is given in the form of a decision prompt, which provides the examinee with a problem and two criteria for making a decision. The examinee must then write an essay favoring one of two provided options over the other. The decision generally does not involve a controversial subject, but rather something mundane about which the examinee likely has no strong bias.

These sections are split into three categories of questions:

  1. Reading Comprehension Questions
    These questions measure your ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school work. The reading comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.
  2. Analytical Reasoning Questions
    These questions are designed to measure your ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. You are asked to make deductions from a set of statements, rules, or conditions that describe relationships among entities such as persons, places, things, or events. They simulate the kinds of detailed analyses of relationships that a law student must perform in solving legal problems.
  3. Logical Reasoning Questions
    These questions are designed to evaluate your ability to understand, analyze, criticize, and complete a variety of arguments. Each logical reasoning question requires you to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer one question about it. The questions test a variety of abilities involved in reasoning logically and thinking critically.

The LSAT Score Ranges from 120-180, 180 being a perfect score.