LSAT 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
LSAT India 2017 (Law School Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination that is conducted for admissions to under graduate law programmes of the best law schools in the country. Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is the body that conducts LSAT for admissions into law schools of United States of America, Canada and several other countries, including India. In India, Pearson VUE conducts the exam on behalf of LSAC.
LSAT India 2017 Exam will be conducted on May 21, 2017. Students are required to apply to the respective institutes quoting their LSAT India Registration Number and based on their LSAT score, they will be considered for admission.
LSAT India 2017 is mainly aimed at testing the reading and verbal reasoning skills of the candidates. It is an offline exam that is conducted in pen and paper mode. The total duration of the exam will be a total of 140 minutes. The question paper will be divided into four major sections and will consist of objective type questions.
The salient features of LSAT India 2017 exam pattern are summarised below.
|Mode of exam||Pen and Paper Based|
|Duration of exam||2 hours and 20 minutes|
|Format of exam||MCQ or objective type|
|Number of sections||4|
|Name of sections||- Reading Comprehension (1) - Analytical Reasoning (1) - Logical Reasoning (2)|
|Questions per section||Approximately 24|
|Marking Scheme||No negative penalty|
|Time allotted for each section||35 minutes but no sectional breaks|
LSAT 2017 question paper will have only objective questions. This means that all questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), where each question will have four options and the candidate will be required to mark any one.
It must be noted that every question will have only one correct answer and hence, the candidate must select only one out of the given choices. For each correct response, a particular score will be awarded and it will contribute to the overall points secured by the candidate. There is no negative marking for incorrect responses. All questions will carry equal marks.
The candidates must make the most of this feature and try to attempt the maximum number of questions. Absence of a penalty for wrong attempts gives the candidates the liberty to answer even the difficult questions, without fearing any kind of harm. If there is a problem that they can’t confidently solve, they must make a calculated guess and choose the most probable option.
The candidates will have a total of 140 minutes or 2 hours and twenty minutes to solve the complete question paper. There will be 4 sections in the LSAT India 2017 question paper and the overall time allotted will be equally distributed among these sections. Hence, the candidates will get 35 minutes to go through 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.
It is recommended to practice solving mock sets
The exam paper of LSAT India 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 number of questions in each section may vary but almost always, there are approximately 24 questions for each section. There are no sectional cut-offs and the candidate is evaluated based on the overall percentile secured.
As can be seen from the exam pattern explained above, LSAT India 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.
The details of different sections of the question paper are discussed further:
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 a 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.
The 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 recognise 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.
The 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.
The candidates wishing to take LSAT India 2017 must ensure that they are well prepared for the exam. There are many resources available on the internet to help guide the preparation of the candidates in the right direction.
Candidates can make use of sample question papers, mock tests and practice sets to hone their problem solving skills. They can also refer to the several books available in the market for better understanding of the covered topics.
Some helpful tips for preparation of LSAT India 2017 test are given below:
The official website of LSAT India 2017 made as many as four mock 6tests available for the students to boost their preparation levels. The candidates must make use of this essential feature being provided to them by the official authorities.
These mock tests provide the best way for the students to gauge their level of training. Since the tests have been curated by Pearson VUE, they are the closest possible match for the actual LSAT India 2017 exam paper. Hence, going through these mock tests would offer the maximum benefit to the candidates.
The mock tests available on the official Pearson VUE website can be taken for free, without making any payment. They contain several questions from the previous years’ LSAT India question papers and are immensely beneficial to the test-takers. The candidates can follow the given steps to take an official mock test:
There are certain things that the candidate must keep in mind while taking the actual exam of LSAT India 2017. The exam will be conducted offline in pen and paper format. This will require the candidates to mark their answers on an OMR sheet. The candidates must follow the instructions given below during test taking:
Candidates face several queries while they are in the preparation process and also, regarding the day of the exam. Here are some commonly asked questions that the students must go through to clear any doubts they may have:
Ans. Yes, the candidates should familiarise themselves with the exam pattern. He must go through the preparation material available on the official website. There is no need to memorise miscellaneous facts and formulae as the test only asks questions pertaining to reasoning.
Ans. The difference lies in how the students are scored for the tests. Scores are derived separately for these two groups, and scores for one candidate group cannot be compared to those for the other candidate group since they are based on group performance.
There are several books available in the market but since this test only evaluates a candidate’s reasoning skills, the preparation material given on the official website along with the mock tests is sufficient for any candidate.
Ans. Theoretically, one should prepare for as long as it takes to get comfortable with the type of questions asked in the exam. The free preparation material available on the official website along with the "Official LSAT-India Handbook" can be used for the purpose of test prep.
Ans. The candidate should carry his admit card, some HB pencils and erasers, a sharpener and one valid (original and non-expired) photo identification proof. Any one of the following can serve as photo identification:
Ans. One should reach the venue of the test centre latest by 10:00 AM on the date of the examination. Candidates reporting at the test centre after 10:00 AM will not be admitted inside the exam hall.
Ans. Yes, the name of the candidate must match with the name on the proof that he brings on exam day. Therefore, candidates are required to enter their name in the registration application as per their ID.
Ans. The candidate will be given a replacement question paper, in case he receives a defective one.
Ans. A candidate should inform the invigilator about his concerns and then proceed with marking an answer for the question. The concerns will be investigated and the candidate will not be penalized if the concern is warranted.
Ans. There are no scheduled breaks in the test but the candidates can take unscheduled breaks. The test clock will not stop during such a break and no extra time will be given to the student. During the break, the candidate must leave the testing room and produce a valid ID upon re-entering.
Ans. No, the candidates will not be allowed to access any of their personal belongings except for food or medicines, if necessary for medical reasons.