LSAT 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
LSAT Exam Pattern is defined by Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The pattern for the law entrance exam is similar for all the countries but the questions might vary. It consists of 5 sections namely Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, 2 Logical Reasoning and a Variable Section. This article helps candidates understand important elements related to the exam pattern of LSAT viz. nature of questions, marking scheme, section-wise marks distribution, total number of questions, etc.
Listed below are important highlights for LSAT Exam Pattern:
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of countries. It can be seen as the foreign education gateway for law aspirants willing to study law in countries like USA, Canada, and other developed world countries.
LSAT is held multiple times in a year and is administered by Pearson VUE. Through this exam, a candidate’s analytical, logical, and reading comprehension skills are tested. Dates for LSAT are allotted on a continental basis that is an entire continent is allotted with three to four dates on which the countries of the country can conduct the exam. Check LSAT Dates
Candidates who are willing to appear for LSAT exam in the coming future should make themselves aware of the exam pattern, mode of exam, marking scheme of the exam, and other such information related to the exam. For your reference and assistance, the salient features of LSAT Exam Pattern are summarised below.
|Exam Mode||Offline i.e. Pen- Paper Based|
|Duration of exam||175 minutes|
|Question Paper Type||Objective type|
|Number of sections||5|
|Name of sections|
- Analytical Reasoning, -Logical Reasoning Section 1, -Logical Reasoning Section 2, -Reading Comprehension, and – Variable Section
|Questions per section||Approximately 24|
|Marking Scheme||No negative marking|
|Time allotted for each section||35 minutes|
Knowing about the marking scheme is a crucial bit of information that helps a candidate in planning his attempts in the question paper. The details regarding the marking scheme of LSAT exam are mentioned below.
LSAC, conducting body of LSAT has stipulated a specific time for each section. There are 5 sections in the law entrance exam. Out of these sections, the first 3 sections are of objective type. The overall time allotted will be equally distributed among these sections. A total of 35 minutes is allotted to each section.
It must be kept in mind that despite the sectional time limits in the paper, there are no sectional breaks that the candidates can make use of. The entire exam will be conducted in one sitting and the candidates will be able to leave the exam hall only when the allotted time has expired.
The exam paper of LSAT 2017 consists of four main sections. Since the exam is primarily a test of reasoning skills, two out of four sections in the question paper are based on Logical Reasoning. One is based on Analytical Reasoning and the remaining is for Reading Comprehension. The LSAT exam syllabus is similar to any standardized aptitude test that is conducted for entrance in law courses. The detailed section wise syllabus is mentioned below.
As can be seen from the exam pattern explained above, LSAT 2017 is aimed at assessing the candidate’s English skills and reasoning abilities only. The question paper does not have any questions pertaining to mathematics or general awareness or grammar. Hence, any candidate with decent analytical and deduction powers can hope to do well in the exam.
These questions assess the ability of the candidate to analyse, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. The questions may be based on short arguments that have been drawn from various sources, such as newspapers, magazines, scholarly publications, and advertisements.
Each question will consist of a short passage and one or two questions may be posed. Skills related to reasoning, especially those pertaining to legal reasoning, will be tested. The candidate will be required to recognise parts of an argument and determine their relationships, use analogy to reach well-supported conclusions, identify explanations and flaws in arguments and understand how additional evidence affects an argument.
Candidate must read each question with utmost care and ensure that he understands the meaning of each sentence. It is also important to understand each answer choice clearly and pick a response based only on the information provided in the passage.
Questions from this section are meant to assess the candidate’s ability to analyse a group of facts and rules and then determine what is true. Being able to reason deductively from a set of statements is also important.
The problems in Analytical Reasoning are presented in sets, where each set is based on a single passage, which may talk about ordering relationships or grouping relationships or a combination of both. It is recommended to finish one set completely before moving on to the next, as much time can be wasted in solving multiple sets at once.
The questions will be aimed at testing the candidate’s ability to reason with conditional statements, infer what could be or must be true based on information given in the question, infer the same based on additional information and recognize if two statements are logically equivalent.
These questions are aimed at evaluating the candidate’s ability to read and make sense of the passage. The section consists of four sets of reading questions that are followed by five to eight questions. The candidate must have the ability to observe and take note of various facts in the passage.
The passages may be drawn from subjects such as humanities, law, social, biological and physical sciences. The level of the vocabulary used is generally high and the sentence structure may seem complex.
Candidates must be able to understand the primary idea of the passage, any clearly stated information, any information that is inferred, author’s stand on the subject and the purpose of phrases that have been used in the context of the passage.
Candidates should pay attention to the following Instructions to avoid any unforeseen circumstances on the day of exam.
Be calm and attentive while answering the questions. This would help you in increasing your efficiency and accuracy.