Law School Admission Tests

The Law School Admission tests is a 3.5 hour standardized test, administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), measures the reading and verbal reasoning skills of the applicants as law schools in Canada use this test as one of the major elements for evaluating applicants. The LSAT is an integral part of the first-year admission procedure to law programs in Canada.  In Canada, the Law School Admission test is administered on Saturday, except in June, when it is generally administered on a Monday.

Purpose

The law school admission test is designed to measure a broad range of abilities involved in critical thinking, with an emphasis on the skills that are fundamental to legal reasoning.  It assesses the reading and comprehension skills of the applicants.

Dates and Deadlines

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered four times a year: February, June, September/October and December. One can take LSAT a maximum of three times in a two-year span.

Format

The Law School Admission test is a 3 hours and 30 minutes long tests consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. The unscored section, usually referred to as the variable section, is the fifth section, i.e. experimental section. A 35-minute writing sample, the sixth section, is administered at the end of the test. There is no scoring done for the writing sample, but a digital copy of the writing sample is sent along with the LSAT score to all law schools that you apply to.

LSAT is composed of six sections, 35 minutes each:
  • Two logical reasoning sections: The questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and draw conclusions by applying principles and reasoning by analogy.  It consists of a short passage.
    - No. of questions: 24-26 questions

  • One reading comprehension section: The questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insights. This section tests the reading and reasoning skills of the applicants. The Reading Comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight questions.
    - No. of questions: 26-28 questions

  • One analytical reasoning section:  The questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure
    - No. of questions: 22-24 questions

  • One experimental section: The experimental section contains items that will appear on future LSATs. The unscored section is known as the variable section is the experimental section. According to LSAC, this section is used to "pretest new test items and to preequate new test forms."
    - No. of questions: 22-28 questions

  • One writing sample section: The writing sample section consists of an essay. In this section you’ll be asked to respond to a specific scenario. The writing sample section is designed to test how well you can organize a compelling argument using sound reasoning and supporting evidence, and express your thoughts clearly in written form.

Special Arrangements

For Special test arrangements, the candidate can request for accommodation/arrangement after registering for the LSAT by applying at the link of the Accommodation Request Packet. These special sittings as a result of disability or other reasons are made available only if the candidate provides the evidence to support the request.

LSAT Contact Information for Canadian Registrants
Canadian registrants can contact LSAC via their website or by email, telephone, fax, or mail.
Website: www.LSAC.org
Email: LSACinfo@LSAC.org
Fax: (215) 968-1277

Mailing Address:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street, Box 40
Newtown, PA, 18940-0998
USA

Canadian Law School

Following are the Law Schools in Canada that accepts LSAT scores for first-year admission process to law program:
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Dalhousie University Schulich Law School
  • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
  • McGill University Faculty of Law
  • University of New Brunswick Law School
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Queen's University Faculty of Law
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Law
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • University of Victoria Faculty of Law
  • University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law
  • University of Windsor Faculty of Law
  • York University's Osgoode Hall Law School

Registration Process

Registering for the LSAT can be done by mail/post, by telephone or online. It should be done on a first-come, first-served basis as sooner you register; the better your chances are of being assigned to the test date and test centre of your selection.
  • Step 1: If you prefer to register online, then register at LSAC.org.
  • Step 2: Enter the necessary details
  • Step 3: Pay the fees via Visa or MasterCard credit card.
  • Step 4: You will receive a confirmation email.

Scoring

The LSAT score is based on the number of questions answered correctly and there is no deduction for incorrect answers. All questions are weighted evenly and the correct answers are converted to the LSAT scale of 120 - 180, with 120 being the lowest score and 180 being the highest score. A percentile rank is also calculated and displayed on the score report.

An additional 35-minute Writing Sample is administered at the end of the test. The Writing Sample is not scored, but copies of the Writing Sample are sent to all law schools to which a candidate applies.

LSAT Percentiles Scores

The applicants are given scaled score ranging from 120 to 180. Based on those scaled score, a percentile rank is been allocated starting from 99.9% for the score of 180 to 0.5% for the score of 123.

Results

You can get you scores by either email, telephone or by mail, i.e. without online accounts. LSAT takers who have LSAC.org accounts will automatically receive their LSAT scores by email approximately three weeks after taking the test. Or else LSAC will send hard copies of the scores by mail about four weeks after each test for those without online accounts. Likewise, the test scores are sent by telephone thereby charging an extra fee for the same.

Fees

 The LSAT fee varies from year to year. Check the official website for payment details and there is an additional fee being charged for rescheduling, cancellation, test centre change, hand scoring or additional report scores.

Test day essentials to carry

Carry the following items along with you on the test day:
  • Your signed LSAT Admission Ticket.
  • Valid ID, recent one.
  • #2 or HB pencils, highlighter, erasers, pencil sharpener.
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