LSAT Exam Basics


The LSAT has three parts and five test sections, and also includes a writing section for six sections in total. The test is provided four times per year, in February, June, October and December.

While the LSAT has six sections, one of those sections is experimental, and will not be included in the score of the students. This allows the test makers to try out new questions to see if they will be suitable for inclusion in a future exam. Some of these experimental questions will never appear again, while others will be used later. While it might be possible to guess which section is the experimental, it is better to try to complete each section as carefully as possible. Different students within one test center will have different experimental sections.

The three parts of the LSAT are Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Logical Games. Logical Reasoning is half of the examination, with two sections, while Logical Games and Reading Comprehension both have one section for about 25 percent of the test.

The final part of the test is the writing section. This section is not scored at all, but the law schools the student applies to will be sent the writing sample. In the writing section, the students are asked to make a strong argument taking one side of a debate.

The topic will always provide a well-balanced question or issue, so it doesn't matter which side of the debate is chosen, and clear criteria in making a decision. The writer should do their best to write a well-organized, grammatically-correct writing sample using good sentence structure and a good logical flow.

It is extremely important that the test-taker read the question very carefully and write about that question. Do not lose focus while writing! Often go back to the two criteria to be sure you are staying on point. Because of the lack of information and the time constraint, it is not possible to write an perfect sample, so it is not necessary to try and write too much. The critical factor is that the argument and logic are good, with good organization. The law schools need to see that you are at least a decent writer.