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How to Prepare for Law School Entrance Exams

by G.G. Cabell, studioD

The Law School Admission Test is a law school entrance exam comprised of five multiple sections that test specific skills as well as a writing section. The LSAT score is very important, as many law schools heavily rely on the score to admit students and award scholarships to those they feel are truly prepared for the rigors of law school.

LSAT Basics

All LSAT sections -- including the writing section -- are 35 minutes long. Two sections test your logical reasoning, one tests your analytical reasoning, one section tests your reading comprehension and another section that is not scored tests one of these areas again. Test takers are not alerted as to which section will not be scored. The writing section is not scored but is still sent to every law school that you apply to, so you should be equally prepared for this section.

Reading Comprehension and Writing

The reading comprehension section has four passages that test your ability to understand and comprehend complex reading material and reason deductively. According to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, students can best prepare for this section by taking courses with intensive reading components. This also holds true for the writing section, where students must assess the pros and cons of two options and argue why one option is better. Typically, upper-level English, philosophy, political science and history courses challenge students to read difficult material and demonstrate their ability to understand, comprehend and form reasonable arguments about the material. Writing papers will provide students with valuable feedback and practice needed for these sections. Pairing these courses with practice LSAT test questions and writing prompts can be very beneficial.

Analytical Reasoning

This section presents test takers with a group of facts and rules to test their deductive reasoning abilities. According to Michigan State University College of Law, you should practice logic games more than reading comprehension to prepare for this section, because analytical reasoning is typically one of the most difficult sections of the exam. Some schools offer a logic games course to help students prepare for the analytical reasoning section.

Logical Reasoning

For the logical reasoning section, you should practice questions that help you draw out logical conclusions from the arguments provided. This way, you can confidently choose the logical argument that should follow in the prompt’s argument sequence. According to the University of California Berkeley School of Law, the best way to prepare for the LSAT is to research question types and practice the skills that each section tests, so finding questions to hone in on your logical skills is key to mastering this section.

About the Author

G.G. Cabell is a writer with experience in college admissions. She holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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