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The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an examination administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for prospective law school candidates. It is designed to assess logical and verbal reasoning skills. The exam has a total of six sections consisting of four scored sections, an unscored experimental section, and an unscored writing section. Raw scores are converted to a scaled score ranging from 120 to 180. LSAC administers the LSAT four times per year, in June, September/October, December, and February. LSAC views the June examination as the start of a new "cycle" as most test-takers plan to apply for the following year's admission. The Ivy Key program is designed to teach students core math concepts and logical reasoning strategies. Students learn The Ivy Key’s patented methods for maximizing their score on the LSAT.

The Test

The current test contains five 35-minute multiple choice sections, one of which is the unscored experimental section, followed by a 35-minute long writing sample.

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. Most paragraphs are followed by a single prompt, although a few are followed by two.

Reading comprehension

The test contains one reading comprehension ("RC") section. This 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. Comparative reading presents the examinee with two short passages with differing perspectives on a topic. 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.

Analytical reasoning

The test contains 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 and partial set of rules that govern the situation, and is then asked to deduce conclusions from the statements. Individual questions often add rules and occasionally modify existing rules, requiring the examinee to reorganize information quickly.

Unscored section

The current test contains 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.

Writing sample

The writing sample appears as 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.

LSAC does not score the writing sample; instead, the essay is digitally imaged and sent to admission offices along with the LSAT score. Between the quality of the handwriting and that of the digital image, some admissions officers regard the readability and usefulness of the writing sample as marginal.


LSAT scores are distributed on a scale from a low of 120 to a high of 180. Examinees have the option of canceling their scores within six calendar days after the exam, before they get their scores. LSAC still reports to law schools that the student registered for and took the exam, but releases no score.

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