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General Information



What is the LSAT?

The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Most law schools throughout the US and Canada use the LSAT results as part of their admission process. All ABA-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools require applicants to take the LSAT.

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to preequate new test forms. The placement of this section in the LSAT will vary. The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.


What is the quickest way to register for the test?

Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to register. You can also call 215.968.1001 or use the registration forms located in the current LSAT & LSDAS Registration Packet.

If you register for a specific LSAT administration during the regular registration period, you are not eligible for late registration for that same administration. Once you have registered for a test during the regular registration period, you may not withdraw or cancel your registration and reregister for that same test during the late registration period.


Am I limited to test centers preselected by LSAC?

If it is impossible for you to travel to a test center that is already listed, you may request the establishment of a nonpublished test center. See the current LSAT & LSDAS Information Book for more information. Please note the earlier deadlines that are found in the LSAT Dates and Deadlines section of this website. 


If I am wait-listed, how will I be notified when I have been assigned to a center?

Please check your online account frequently. An admission ticket will be available under My Docs/LSAT as soon you have been assigned.


How long after the test will I receive my results?

  • LSAT takers who have LSAC online accounts will automatically receive their LSAT scores by e-mail approximately three weeks after taking the test. This is the quickest way to obtain your LSAT score, and there is no additional charge.
  • Test takers can obtain test scores via TelScore, for a fee of $10 (credit card only), approximately three weeks after taking the test. TelScore: 215.968.1200; available at all times except 6:00
  • am to 8:00 am (ET) Sundays.
  • LSAC will send score reports by mail approximately four weeks after each test. Test takers who have LSAC online accounts will pay a one-time fee of $25 to obtain hard-copy mailings of account information that is available online.


How can I cancel my score?

We must receive a signed fax or overnight letter with your request within six calendar days of the test. You can also cancel your score at the test center if you are absolutely certain you want to cancel your score.


How may I request a rescoring of my answer sheet?


If you wish to verify or contest the machine scoring of your answer sheet after you have received your LSAT Score Report, you may request a rescoring by hand. Send a signed request to LSAC, 662 Penn Street, Box 2000-T, Newtown, PA 18940 or fax it to 215.968.1277. Your request must be received no later than 60 days after the test date.

Include: your name, LSAC account number, Social Security/Insurance identification number, the test date, the test center name and code number, your reason for requesting the handscore, and payment for the $39 ($46 CDN) handscore fee (check, money order, or credit card).


What if I encounter a problem at the test center?

Report any problem to the test supervisor. However, informing the supervisor is not sufficient. You must also follow up your complaint by writing to LSAC, 662 Penn Street, Box 2000-T, Newtown, PA  18940, or fax your complaint to 215.968.1277. Your complaint, which must include your signature, must be received by LSAC within six calendar days after the administration.


How can I get a refund?

You are entitled to a partial refund of $44 ($51 CDN) if you are unable to take the test. Send the completed Refund Request Form by the appropriate deadline date that is found in the LSAT Dates and Deadlines section of this website. You can download the Refund Request Form from this website or it can be obtained from the LSAT & LSDAS Registration Packet. LSAC will also accept a signed, dated letter as long as it makes the appropriate deadline date that is found in the LSAT Dates and Deadlines section of this website.

Can I change my test date?

Yes. The easiest way to change your test date is through your online account. You may also use the Test Date Change form or a signed, dated, written request. Enclose a $32 payment ($37 CDN plus 7% Goods and Service Tax). The Test Date Change form can be found on this website under Downloadable Forms. Be sure that the request is postmarked by the appropriate date, which can be found in the LSAT Dates and Deadlines section of this website.


If my credit card was denied for the registration fee, can I still take the test?

Yes. You may take the test; however, you cannot receive, nor can your schools receive, your score report until the outstanding balance has been paid.


Should I take the test again?

If you believe that your test score does not reflect your true ability, you should consider taking the test again. Data show that scores for repeat test takers often rise slightly. However, be aware that your scores may drop. You should also notify law schools of any facts relevant to the interpretation of your test results, such as illness or extenuating circumstances. If there is no reason to believe that one score represents a truer estimate of an applicant’s ability, schools are advised that the average score is probably the best estimate of ability—especially if the tests were taken over short period of time. Law schools must have access to your complete test record, not just the highest score; therefore, LSAC will not honor requests for partial score reports.


How many times can I take the LSAT?

Normally, you may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score or it is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy. However, you may retake the LSAT if a law school to which you are applying requires a more recent score than any you have on record, or approves your retaking the test, and the school provides LSAC with written proof of its requirement no later than the last day of registration for the test.


How will my scores be reported?

LSAC will automatically report the results of all LSATs in your file, including cancellations and absences, since June 1, 2002. The scores are averaged and also appear separately. If you wish to have older scores obtained between June 1, 1998, and June 1, 2002, placed on a current file, you may do so by sending a signed, dated request to LSAC.


How can I obtain a paper copy of my current LSAT score report?

If you have a current online account with an existing LSAT/LSDAS registration and a current LSAT score, you can view your score in the account status portion of your online account. (Select Account Status, then LSAT.) If your score is recent enough, you may also print out the IRR (Item Response Report) PDF from the My Docs tab of your online account. (Select LSAT, then Test Documents.)

To receive a paper copy of your score report in the mail from LSAC when you already have an online account, you must first purchase the Paper Document Service. For a one-time fee of $25, paper documents will be mailed to those with current online LSAT/LSDAS accounts. (See My Docs/Main.) Once you have purchased the Paper Document Service, simply request a copy of your report via e-mail, phone, fax, or mail.


How can I receive or have a law school receive a paper copy of my older, noncurrent LSAT score report?

Scores prior to June 2002 are not considered current for law school reporting and are not available for printing from an online account. See instructions below for ordering:

Send a signed, dated, written request to LSAC, 662 Penn Street, Box 2600, Newtown, PA 18940-0979 with a $39 check or money order ($46 CDN plus 7% Goods and Service Tax.) Please include the following information: 

  • Your name as it appeared when you took the test
  • Your signature on the letter
  • Your Social Security number or Canadian Social Insurance number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your current address or the name and address of all schools to which you want the report sent
  • Your most recent test date 
  • Your mailing address

Be sure to check with the school(s) to determine if an LSDAS report is needed. Scores earned prior to June 1998 will not be reported to law schools.

NOTE: Reports may only be sent to you or to law schools (not to graduate schools, employers, scholarship programs, etc.).


How do my transcripts get forwarded to LSAC?

It is your responsibility to have an official copy of your transcripts sent to LSAC directly from the registrar for every institution you have attended. If you register online, your Transcript Request Forms are accessible only after you register for the LSDAS and enter your school information. Paper Transcript Request Forms are available in the LSAT & LSDAS Registration Packet for those who register by mail.


What time is the test administered?

Test takers must report to the test centers for the September, December, and February administrations of the LSAT no later than 8:30 am. The reporting time for the June LSAT is 12:30 pm.

Candidates registered at foreign test centers should note the actual test date, day, and reporting time printed on their LSAT Admission Ticket.


What materials do I need to bring?

Test takers may bring into the test room only a clear plastic ziplock bag (maximum size one gallon/3.79 liter) containing only the following items: LSAT Admission Ticket stub, valid ID, wallet, keys, hygiene products, #2 or HB pencils (no mechanical pencils), erasers, pencil sharpener, highlighter, tissues, and beverage in a plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml. maximum size) and snack for break only.

Test takers may use an analog nondigital wristwatch. No electronic timing devises are permitted.


How can I inquire about a test question?

If, while taking the LSAT, you find what you believe to be an error or ambiguity in a test question that affects your response to the question, report it to the test supervisor as soon as you finish the test and write immediately to: Law School Admission Council, Test Development, 662 Penn Street, Box 40, Newtown, PA 18940-0040. You may also contact us by e-mail at LSATTS@LSAC.org. The LSAC document, Policies and Procedures Governing Challenges to Law School Admissions Test Questions can be found here.


How long should I keep records?

Some state bar associations inquire about the law school admission records of those seeking admission to the bar. You should keep and maintain complete copies of all law school application records throughout the admission cycle and your law school career.