Information about the LSAT Test

LSAT Basics

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) that is an integral part of the law school admission process in the U.S., Canada and an increasing number of other countries. The test takes approximately four hours and is administered four times a year. The test measures verbal and analytical reasoning skills. It was first administered in 1948.

LSAT Test-Taking Trends

The LSAT is administered four times a year, in June, October, December and February. The June test is administered on a Monday, and the October, December and February tests are administered on Saturdays with weekday test dates available for Saturday Sabbath observers. Approximately 112,000 people took the LSAT in the 2012-2013 test year (beginning in June 2012 and ending in February 2013). That figure represents a 13.4 percent drop from the previous year. The number of people taking the LSAT tends to fluctuate based on the economy and other factors, with a few years of rising numbers followed by a few years of falling numbers and then a rise again.

Paper vs. Computer Test

Unlike the GRE and the GMAT, the LSAT continues to be a paper-based test. Since 1996 LSAC has gathered data about computer usage through questions on the paper answer sheets used by test takers. A study conducted by LSAC found that already in 2005 a majority of LSAT test takers would be comfortable with a computer test and the difference in comfort level between ethic groups was much smaller for LSAT test takers than it was for the general population. LSAC is reportedly studying ways to move the test to a computer-based format but there has been no official word on if and when that move might take place. In a survey of test takers about what new features would be most desirable in the LSAT, the top ranked answer is "immediate score reports", which is a feature available to takers of computer-based tests like the GRE and GMAT.