The five multiple-choice sections, containing a total of about 120–130 questions, are separately timed at 35 minutes apiece, with a brief (usually 10–15 minutes) break in between the third and fourth sections. There are three different question-types: The LSAT contains six sections and lasts approximately four hours. It is divided up as follows:
- Reading Comprehension: 26-28 questions on 4 passages, 35 minutes.
- Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games): 22-24 questions on 4 situations, 35 minutes.
- Logical Reasoning I: 24-26 questions, 35 minutes.
- Logical Reasoning II: 24-26 questions, 35 minutes.
- Experimental Section: Number of questions varies, 35 minutes.
- Writing Sample: 35 minutes on a given question.
Scoring is based on the number of correct answers and the difficulty of each question. There is no penalty for guessing!
One section of both Reading Comprehension and Analytical Reasoning and two sections of Logical Reasoning questions are used to produce your LSAT score; a non-scored section, that can be of any type, is included in each test but cannot be identified as such while you are taking the test.
The LSAT score is a three-digit number ranging from 120 to 180, determined by the number of correct answers on the four scored sections, generally covering a total of about 96-104 questions. LSAT scores are not absolutes: a 180 does not necessarily mean that every question is answered correctly (you could have as many as 2-3 incorrect answers on the four scored sections and still have a score of 180); nor does a 120 necessarily mean you answered every question incorrectly. Generally, you will need approximately 15-17 correct answers before your score moves above a 120. Once you reach that "threshold," each additional correct answer will help raise your score with, roughly speaking, about two points gained for every three additional correct answers.
While the four scored sections used for each administration of the LSAT are most likely to be the same for each test at every test center, there are different editions in which the non-scored section is not the same and the order in which the scored sections appear will vary. After the five-section, multiple choice test has been administered, and after a second short (about five minutes) break, the writing sample will be administered.
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