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LSAT Exam Pattern 2017

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:

  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is conducted in offline mode i.e. it is a pen-paper based exam.
  • All the sections except variable section will have objective type questions.
  • Approximately 92 to 100 questions will be asked in LSAT 2017.
  • The marking scheme is not defined properly by the conducting authority. But, no marks are deducted for a wrong or unattempted answer.

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 


LSAT Exam Pattern Highlights

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.

FeaturesDescription
Exam ModeOffline i.e. Pen- Paper Based 
Duration of exam175 minutes
Question Paper TypeObjective type
Number of sections5
Name of sections

- Analytical Reasoning, -Logical Reasoning Section 1, -Logical Reasoning Section 2, -Reading Comprehension, and – Variable Section

Questions per sectionApproximately 24
Marking SchemeNo negative marking
Time allotted for each section35 minutes

LSAT Marking Scheme 2017

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.

  • LSAT marking scheme is based on the percentile rank system.
  • Percentile rank indicates candidate’s standing relative to others who took law entrance exam on that date for the respective program.
  • There are no sectional cut-offs. The percentile rankings are based on the overall performance of candidates and not on the sectional performance.
  • All the questions in the exam are counted equally for marking. The number of questions in each section may vary somewhat.
  • There is no negative marking in LSAT; candidates are free to make a guess if they feel so. The 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.

LSAT Time Duration 2017

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.


LSAT Syllabus 2017

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.

LSAT Logical Reasoning Section

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.

LSAT Analytical Reasoning Section

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.

LSAT Reading Comprehension Section

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.


Important Instructions for Candidates

Candidates should pay attention to the following Instructions to avoid any unforeseen circumstances on the day of exam.

  • Make proper arrangements for things to be carried like Admit card, stationery, Photo ID etc. before hand.
  • Visit the exam venue 45 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam.
  • Bubble the OMR sheet as per the instructions are given on the back of the sheet.
  • Do not carry any electronics items like mobile, calculators etc. with you on exam day.
  • Take your time in reading the instructions on the question paper so as to avoid any mistake.

Be calm and attentive while answering the questions. This would help you in increasing your efficiency and accuracy.

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