Taking the LSAT

by Jason Tentor

So you want to be a lawyer?

Well, one of the first steps is to prepare for the LSAT, the required written test for applying to law school. The exam is offered four times a year and takes close to four hours to complete. It consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice questions, which consist of reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning sections.

Most of the test is reading and answering multiple-choice questions, but the analytical reasoning section is where most test takers find difficulty. This section of the test measures your ability to accurately order elements based on a limited number of clues, sometimes referred to as “spatial reasoning.” Those who enjoy brain teasers and abstract mental puzzles should do well on this section.

Everyone planning to apply to law school can benefit from preparation, whether it is formal or informal. For some, checking out a self study LSAT book from the library is sufficient, but if you decide to take this route, be sure to time yourself on several practice tests as the ticking clock will be your adversary during the actual test.

For others who would like more formal preparation, there are a number of options with varying costs. The Princeton Review (around $500) and the Kaplan course (around $1000) are two of the most popular. Private tutoring can be very expensive. Kaplan’s rate for 15 hours is a whopping $2,300, whereas Princeton Review is less at $1,199. An alternative to these more well-known courses with their prices is the Steven Klein Company in Seattle, which offers a 36-hour course with individual tutoring for the price of $1095.

The following are sources for LSAT preparation:

The Steve Klein Company

Kaplan Test Prep

The Princeton Review

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