How to Prepare for the LSAT
Students who wish to get admission into a law school in the United States have to first take the Law School Admission Test (abbreviated as LSAT). The LSAT consists of five sections with multiple choice questions related to logical reasoning (two sections), analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, and one addition variable section from any of these three sections. There is also a writing prompt which is used later by the law schools for evaluating the student. The score for LSAT varies between 120 and 180, with students having a score of more than 160 usually considered to have scored above average.
To improve their LSAT score, many students may wish to hire a LSAT tutor who will train them on the various sections of LSAT, and also how to maximize their score. A couple basic things you should know about the LSAT are:
- The LSAT is held four times a year, in the United States and elsewhere.
- The student has to complete each section of the test within 35 minutes.
- The results of the test are usually available three weeks after the test is completed.
- In addition to getting advice from an LSAT tutor, it is also recommended that the student takes a practice test, to check his scores in different sections. This will help to focus on the section which his score is less and improve it.
The logical reasoning section is the most important part of the LSAT, since there are two sections of the test which check the ability of the student to reason in a logical manner. It is also one of the trickier sections for students not familiar with this way of thinking, which is why many people turn to a LSAT tutor to help them prepare. This section is important because lawyers and law students are expected to be able to analyze the data provided, evaluate it, construct their arguments based on the information and also contradict any information which the opposing lawyer will provide if it is not logical. The student is provided information from newspapers, magazines, and journals, and they must make their argument using logic while also arguing to contradict certain points if necessary.
Analytical reasoning is another part of the LSAT which is important for a student who is planning to become a lawyer. It tests the ability of the student to analyze the information from a number of different sources, to understand the relationship between the various sources, and to derive information in a logical manner. It is important that the analysis is logical, because only then will others (especially judges) accept the argument and pass the judgement accordingly. Hence the student should improve their deductive as well as inductive reasoning skills to improve their score.
Most lawyers spend many hours reading the details of the case, and also the relevant laws, so one part of the LSAT checks the reading comprehension skills of the student. The student should be able to read a lot of unrelated and new material on topics he is not familiar with and derive relevant and accurate information. The student will have to find out the meaning of new words, assess the bias of the author, logically analyze it, and understand what the author wishes to tell and make valid predictions. So, students should also improve their reading skills to get a good LSAT score.