LSAT, all you need to know
There are a few ways to approach this topic, I will try a couple.
First, what is the LSAT?
LSAT stands for Law School Admissions Test. All ABA accredited schools require you to take it.
It has 3 types of sections. Reading Comprehension, Logic Games, and Logical reasoning.
The tests has 5 sections on it. 2 logical reasoning, 1 Logic games, 1 reading comprehension, and 1 wild card that is not graded. This could be one of the three types of sections above.
It also has an essay quesiton, which you write by hand.
you start at 8 am and finish around 1 or 2 pm.
go to www.lsac.org for all LSAT information.
How is it graded?
The lowest possible score is a 120 and the highest is a 180. Why isnt it 1-60? I have no clue, its just they way they do it. The score you get is based on your percentile for all other test takers of the test for the past three years.
What do I need to get in?
In order to get into any law school, you are probably going to need atleast a 145, maybe 140. Now the school you get into with a 145 is not going to be pretty. It is going to be hard as hell, and very competitive.
In order to get into a second tier school (more on rankings in another post), you will need above a 158.
To get into a top 20 school you are going to need around a 165.
Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia and NYU (the top 5) you will need atleast a 170 give or take.
How do you prepare for it?
I took KAPLAN, it helped a lot. At kaplan, they have an instructor who has taken the test before and has done pretty well. the instructor we had took like 40 lsats before and has done very well on all of them. They also have a library of practice exams and old LSATs to go through. They give you books and homework. If you have time for it, and are not neccesarily good at taking standardized tests, then you should look into it or something similar.
I know people who have taken only a couple practice tests and done very well on their LSATS. It depends on you. You can order practice LSATs from www.lsac.org and try a couple of them. see how you do. If it is not as well as you wish, you should probably look into a test prep class.
There is a lot I can say about the LSAT, but some of it I don't remember, and some of it I don't want to remember. If you have any specific questions, post a comment, I'll get back to you.