The LSAT and GRE

Your test for law school is a very important part of your overall application. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the admissions tests for law schools.  Feel free to contact our office, if you have any other application questions. And remember to check directly with your law schools to verify their application requirements.

Compiled from the LSAT website: (http:www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat).

NOTICE:

Beginning June 2019, the writing section will be separate from the LSAT and administered on a secure online platform. You will take the test on your own computer at the location of your choice.

Transition to digital testing will begin with July 2019 test; LSAT will be fully digital in North America starting September 2019.

LSAT will be offered 9 times in the 2019–2020 test cycle to expand candidate access and choice.

I heard I could take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for my law school application. Which test should I take?

During the application cycle for Fall 2016, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law became the first law school to accept GRE scores in place of the LSAT. Update as of April 2018: Additionally, eleven law schools have announced they will accept the GRE score in this current cycle, or going forward in subsequent application cycles. These schools are: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of LawHarvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington University at St. Louis School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School. Columbia University School of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, BYU Law, and Wake Forest School of Law will accept the GRE commencing Fall 2018. For the most updated list, please check out the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website here.

Similar to other parts of the law school application process, it is important to check the school’s website to verify each school’s requirements. While some of the links are provided above, it is important to complete your due diligence. For more general information about the GRE, check out the following sites:

The Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test, produced by ETS.

Sample Questions on the GRE website

FREE Diagnostic Exam on the GRE website

Here are also some of the common test preparation companies to study for the GRE:

Gale Education: The Hawai’i State Public Library System offers free test prep courses with a Hawai’i State Library Card.

Exam Krackers

Kaplan

McGraw-Hill

NextStep Test Prep

Princeton Review

In general, most law schools (including schools accepting the GRE) continue to use the LSAT as an integral part of their application requirements.  The LSAT is a paper-based test, which measures skills that law schools believe are important to their students’ success.  There are a total of six 35-minute sections in the test, which include 4 scored sections of multiple-choice questions, 1 un-scored experimental section, and 1 un-scored writing sample.  For a detailed summary of this information, please click here.

If you have further questions about which admissions tests to take, please contact our office.

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When should I take the LSAT?

Currently, the LSAT is now administered six times per year (application cycle): June, July, September, November, January & March. For more information about this change, you can check with the LSAC website for the latest updates!

At PAC, we generally recommend that you aim to take the June LSAT before the fall of your application cycle!  By planning to take the test in June, you will have the rest of the summer to focus on the rest of your application.  Additionally, if you are unable to take the June LSAT or unsatisfied with your score, you will still have backup test dates available.

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How do I register for my LSAT?

To register for the LSAT, you must create an account on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website (www.lsac.org).  Once you create your account, you may register and pay for your LSAT.  For the 2020-2021 cycle, the fee for one LSAT is $200.

If you have any further questions or run into problems with registering, contact LSAC:

Telephone: (215) 968-1001 between 8:30am-6:00pm (ET)

E-mail: LSACinfo@LSAC.org

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What is tested on the LSAT?

There are a total of six 35-minute sections on the test.  Below is an overview of each section.  *Note that this order does not reflect how your test will be organized on test day.

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How should I study for the LSAT?

There are a variety of different ways to study for the LSAT, such as self-study, study groups, and commercial test preparatory classes.  Based on your study habits and schedule, identify which method would work best for you to study for the LSAT.

If you plan to use an LSAT Prep Course to assist you in studying for the test, it is important to make sure that the course is legitimate and fits your study habits.  Check out this link through USC Pre-Law to learn about other factors to consider when choosing a prep course.

In general, it is helpful to start your studying by taking sections/tests untimed and work toward taking timed tests in their entirety.  Once you start taking full tests, you will be able to figure out your best pace and have more stamina for test day!  Check out our Recommended Timeline below! Follow this link for more detailed 2 and 4 month study plans.

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What resources are available for me to start studying for the LSAT?

Come by and visit PAC!  In our Resource Library, we have many different books available for you to review or check out for a 2-week period.  We also periodically receive generous donations from William S. Richardson School of Law students, which are a part of our FREE LSAT resource section.

While our office does not recommend any particular method of studying for the LSAT, here are several LSAT preparatory courses that students commonly take to study for this test:

If you are a current UH Mānoa student, there are several scholarships available to help fund your LSAT studying.  Sign up for our Pre-Law Newsletter for more information.

How does scoring work for the LSAT?

Your LSAT score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, which equals your Raw Score.  This score is converted to an LSAT score that ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 the highest possible score.

Remember that there is no deduction for incorrect answers, and individual questions in each section are not weighted differently. Try to fill in every answer for every question, whether or not you get to that question!

After taking your LSAT, your score report will be sent to you via email approximately 3 weeks following the test, and approximately 4 weeks by mail.

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Should I retake my LSAT?

Many students wonder whether or not they should attempt to retake their LSAT after receiving an unsatisfactory score.  Below are a few things to consider:

        • Reasons to retake the LSAT may include: unexpected happenings in test day (i.e. sickness or lateness to exam), lack of preparation, or poor preparation.
        • Reasons NOT to retake the LSAT may include: not having enough time to re-study for LSAT or still scoring around the same number as your previous LSAT test during your re-studying.
        • Research your law schools’ policy regarding multiple LSAT scores.
        • Test takers may take the LSAT up to three times in two years.  NOTE: Starting with the September 2017 LSAT, there will no longer be any limitations on the number of times a test taker can take the LSAT in a two-year period.
        • The statistics are not in your favor.  The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) produces a LSAT Repeater Data table that shows how well students performed on their retaken test.  Often, students score in the same range as their original score.
        • In the event you have large score discrepancies on your LSATs, you may have to write an addendum.

If you have any concerns or questions about retaking your LSAT, feel free to schedule an appointment with a Pre-Law Advisor.

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