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Published August 7, 2017

A list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you understand how to register and prepare for the LSAT and what your score means.

1. Where/when/how do I register for the LSAT?

Where: You can register at any published test center.

When: 6-8 weeks before the test so you can avoid late fees, get into your test center of choice, and correct any issues in a timely manner. Final deadlines are 4-5 weeks before each test.

How: You can register online (at the LSAC site), by phone (215-968-1001), or by mail. To register by mail, obtain a copy of the LSAT/LSDAS registration book from your local law school or career center, or call (215-968-1001) to have them mail you a copy. Then, mail your completed form with payment in the pre-addressed return envelope. Done.

2. When’s the best time to take it?

Preferably before December of the year before you enter law school. This allows you time to retake the LSAT if needed, and focus on your law school applications in the fall. However, some schools will accept up to the June LSAT for the same year consideration. Call the schools you are applying to and see what their preference is. 

3. How’s it scored?

On a range from 120 - 180. 75% of examinees score between 142 - 162.

4. What if I fail horribly?

You can retake the LSAT! Previously, you couldn’t take it more than three times in two years but LSAC has changed that rule beginning with the September 2017 administration. They no longer have a limit on how many you can take. But make ‘em count, it is not a test you want to be taking over and over!

5. How do I study?

Sample tests, quizzes, and questions: The LSAC has plenty of sample resources. There are also unofficial online quizzes, exams, and more from people who have already taken it.

Tips and strategies: Google is your friend - tip articles abound. If you know people who’ve sat for the LSAT, grill them about their experiences.

Paid prep materials: If you have money to burn, LSAC offers official prep books and worksheets.

Workshops: Law schools and career centers often provide LSAT workshops, study groups, and other events.

Don’t cram! Most of studying is getting familiar with the materials. The sooner you start, the more comfortable you’ll be.

6. Are there study groups or assistance?

Absolutely. Check with your local law school, or check online for nearby study groups. At UB Law, we have prep workshops with a full day of study skills and practice tests with a 2-hour review taught by an alum who got a perfect score.

7. Will my score matter for getting into law school?

Impact of scores and range of acceptable scores varies by law school. To be safe, you can request info on median scores of previously accepted students, and percentage of students accepted with a certain score.

Typically, your LSAT score is considered heavily in you admission decision. You’ll also be judged by your GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and activities/work experience.

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Guest blogger Ashley Wilson-Rew is Content Strategist & SEM at protocol 80, Inc.


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