# An Overview of the LSAT Test Structure and Content

By Peterson's Staff updated on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test required for admission into law schools approved by the American Bar Association. The LSAT test uses three types of questions to measure your skills in critical reading, verbal reasoning, and analytical thinking.

The LSAT has four sections that are scored. Each 35-minute section is made up entirely of multiple-choice questions.

Two Logical Reasoning sections assess your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments. Not only will you have to determine whether arguments are strong or weak, but you'll also have to understand precisely what causes that strength or weakness.

The Analytical Reasoning section, sometimes known as "Logic Games," assesses your skills in basic logic, including deductive reasoning and finding structure within organized data. These test items are of the type "Alan, Beatrice, Carmel, and David all buy flowers. There are five different types of flowers: germanium...." Some of the games require matching skills, others require sequencing skills, and still others will require both.

The Reading Comprehension section presents scholarly passages and assesses your ability to identify main ideas and details, draw inferences, and make extrapolations.

Another section of the LSAT test, the experimental section, will look like any other section, but it will not be part of your score. This section is used to test new test items for future use and may appear anywhere in the test. You will not be able to determine which section of the test is the experimental section, and you should not try to do so.

The 30-minute Writing Sample, which comes at the end of the test, assesses your ability to argue one position over another, supporting one position while knocking down the other. This section is not graded, but the essay is sent to law schools to aid them in the admission process.

## LSAT test structure

 Logical Reasoning I Question Type Number of Questions Argument-based multiple-choice 24-26 Time Allotted: 35 minutes Logical Reasoning II Question Type Number of Questions Argument-based multiple-choice 24-26 Time Allotted: 35 minutes Analytical Reasoning Question Type Number of Questions Multiple-choice based on Logic Games passages 23-24 Time Allotted: 35 minutes Reading Comprehension Question Type Number of Questions Passage-based multiple-choice 26-28 Time Allotted: 35 minutes Experimental Question Type Number of Questions Another Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, or Reading Comprehension section 24-28 Time Allotted: 35 minutes Writing Sample Question Type Number of Questions Essay writing 1 essay Time Allotted: 35 minutes

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