LSAT Test Dates

The LSAT is a skills-based exam, which is designed to test the critical reading and analytical thinking skills crucial for success in law school. The LSAT is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools and Canadian common-law schools.

Beginning in 2019, the LSAT changed from a paper-and-pencil test to a digital, tablet-based test. The writing sample is taken separately via the LSAC website.

LSAT 2020-2021 Test Dates & Registration deadlines

LSAT registration requires that you sign up at least one month prior to the LSAT test date.  Registration can be done online with your LSAC.org account or over the phone at (215) 968-1001.

LSAT Test Date (US & Canada) LSAT Registration Deadline  LSAT Scores Released
August 14, 15, and 17 - 2021 July 2, 2021 September 10, 2021
Week Starting October 9 - 2021 (Dates TBD) August 25, 2021 TBD
Week Starting November 13 - 2021 (Dates TBD) September 29, 2021 TBD
Week Starting January 15 - 2022 (Dates TBD) December 3, 2021 TBD
Week Starting February 12 - 2022 (Dates TBD) December 29, 2021 TBD
Week Starting March 12 - 2022 (Dates TBD) January 26, 2022 TBD
Week Starting April 30 - 2022 (Dates TBD) March 16, 2022 TBD
Week Starting June 11, 2022 (Dates TBD) April 27, 2022 TBD

LSAT Test Duration

The LSAT has two parts. The first part is the multiple-choice portion of the exam and consists of five 35-minute sections. The second part of the LSAT is a 35-minute, unscored writing sample. The total LSAT is 3 ½ hours long.

FORMAT OF THE LSAT

LSAT Section Time  Number of Questions  Score Weight 
Logical Reasoning (2 sections) 35 mins each 24-26 each 50%
Analytical Reasoning 35 min 22-24  23% 
Reading Comprehension 35 min 26-28  27% 
Experimental Section 35 min 22-28 Unscored
Writing Sample 35 min 1 essay Unscored 

LSAT Test Cost

2021-2022 Fees (in U.S. dollars)

 Item  Fee
LSAT (includes LSAT Writing) $200 
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) $195
Law School Report $45 
Test Center Change $125
Test Date Change $125
Nonpublished Test Center Domestic: $295
International: $390
Handscoring $100

LSAT Test Locations

The LSAT has made a shift to offering the exam mostly online. However, if you cannot take the exam online, accommodations can be made to take the exam at a testing center. 

When is it best to take the LSAT?

Most law schools require that applicants take the LSAT by December for future fall admission. However, it's best to schedule your first exam earlier if you need to take the exam again to increase your score.

How long should you prepare for the LSAT?

The LSAT is completely different than other standardized tests you may have taken in high school and college, as it does not test what you know. It tests how you think. You’ll want to spend a lot of time getting to know the test format, the types of questions that will be asked, and practicing the skills you’ll need to succeed on the exam.

Plan to spend 200–300 hours on LSAT prep over 2-3 months. That’s about 20–25 hours per week. Most students will use an LSAT prep course to study - see our review of the best LSAT prep courses to help you choose.

Last Updated: 9/3/2021

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