Published August 29, 2023
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.
Test takers have many options for the LSAT exam! Before you register online, peruse the upcoming test dates and decide which option is best for you. Most registrations close around 6-weeks prior to the exam date.
In Person: New for 2023-2024, test takers have the option of an in-person exam at a Prometric digital testing center. Please note: to sit for an in-person exam, you must register within 7 days of when scheduling opens.
Remote: Take the LSAT from the comfort of your own home, with a virtual, live-proctored exam.
Don’t forget the LSAT Writing section. This section is not graded, but it is included in your application submission and reflects your ability to craft a persuasive argument. The LSAT Writing can be taken up to 8-days prior to the multiple-choice exam.
Give yourself time to get the score that you want! We recommend starting the testing process in the spring or summer prior to the opening of the application round. For a current undergrad, this would be spring of their junior year, or the summer prior to senior year. 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.
The exam is scored on a range from 120 - 180. Results are based off of the amount of questions that you answer correctly, and all questions are weighted the same. The majority of examinees (~75%) score between 142 - 162.
Don’t panic, you can retake the LSAT! You can take the test five times within the current reportable period, and up to seven times in a lifetime. But, don’t overdo it! All of your attempts in a five-year span will be included in your law school applications and can be considered towards your admissions decision.
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.
LSAC recently partnered with Khan Academy to offer free (yes, free!), personalized preparation to build your exam skills.
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. There are also many test prep companies that offer paid courses for test preparation and skill building.
Workshops: Law schools and career centers often provide LSAT workshops, study groups, and other events.
Or, come and join us at UB Law for an LSAT prep workshop or practice test with alum and perfect score recipient, Erin Decker ’16.
Don’t cram! Most of studying is getting familiar with the materials. The sooner you start, the more comfortable you’ll be.
Your score is an important element considered by all law schools for admission. The University at Buffalo School of Law bases all admissions decisions off of a holistic application review. Familiarize yourself with our class profile to see where you align with our median LSAT scores. Take the time to build a strong application that leaves an impression of who you are as a candidate. This includes your academic history, letters of recommendation, personal statement and your resume.