What is on the LSAT

What is on the LSAT

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The LSAT consists of a four-section test followed by a writing sample that you can take within a certain time period. Each LSAT section is made up of multiple-choice questions, with the exception of the writing sample. Some LSAT sections are scored, while others are not.

We will review what is on the LSAT below and the different LSAT sections you can expect to see when you take your exam.

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LSAT Sections

LSAT Sections # of Sections Number of Questions Time Limit
Logical Reasoning 1 24-26 questions 35 Minutes
Analytical Reasoning 1 4 games with 4-7 questions each 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 1 ~27 questions 35 minutes
Variable Section 1 Varies 35 minutes
Writing Sample 1 N/A 35 minutes

What Kinds of Questions are on the LSAT?

We know there are 5 sections of the LSAT, but how are they different from each other? Review each LSAT section below to see how they differ and what kinds of questions are on the LSAT.

If you want to learn more about what kinds of questions are on the LSAT, review our LSAT practice tests to see sample questions.

Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning section of the LSAT is commonly referred to as the “arguments” section. Each section will consist of 24-26 questions. These questions will be in multiple-choice format.

The logical reasoning section of the LSAT will test your ability to determine main points within an argument, apply logic to various concepts, locate relevant information within text, and evaluate an argument.

In general, this section of the LSAT was designed to assess skills that involve critical thinking. You may be asked question on the following topics:

  • Recognizing parts of an argument and how they are related
  • Recognizing similarities and differences between patterns of reasoning
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Reasoning by analogies
  • Looking to either strengthen or weaken arguments
  • Finding assumptions made
  • Identifying flaws in arguments

Analytical Reasoning

The analytical reasoning LSAT section is commonly referred to as the “logic games” section. This section is split up into 4 different logic games. Each logic game consists of 4-7 questions. These questions are multiple-choice format.

The analytical reasoning LSAT section will test your ability to understand effects of rules on decisions and outcomes, find relationships between complex ideas, draw conclusions based on various guidelines, and apply logic to complex scenarios.

In general, this section of the LSAT was designed to assess your ability to think about a group of facts or rules and use those facts or rules to determine what could/must happen.

The analytical reasoning section will put your deductive reasoning skills to work. You may be asked questions on the following topics:

  • Comprehension of a set of relationships by determining a complete solution to a posed problem
  • Reasoning with “if/then” statements
  • Figuring out what could be true or must be true from a given set of facts or rules
  • Analyzing two statements and determining if they are logically equivalent.

Reading Comprehension

The reading comprehension section of the LSAT consists of about 27 multiple-choice questions. You will be given 35 minutes to complete this section.

There will be 4 passages – 3 of the passages will have one author, while 1 of the passages will have 2 different sources discussing the same topic. These passages will each cover one of the following categories: natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, or law.

The reading comprehension LSAT section will test your ability to draw inferences based on text, find the main idea of a passage, locate relevant information within the text, and understand complex passages.

In general, the reading comprehension section was designed to assess your reading comprehension skills. You may be asked questions on the following topics:

  • What the main idea is
  • What information as explicitly stated
  • What information can be inferred
  • What the meaning or purpose of words are
  • What analogies to claims or arguments were made
  • How the author feels about something

Variable Section

This LSAT section varies on every test. This section is used by the makers of the LSAT to test new questions and formats. This section can really be anything (logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, or reading comprehension).

You will have 35 minutes to complete this section. The important thing to note is that this section is unscored.

With that being said, there is no way to exactly narrow down which section is the variable section. You will be able to narrow it down to the two sections that are the same question type, but it is essentially impossible to determine which of those two sections will be unscored.

Writing Sample

For the LSAT writing sample, you will be asked to plan and write an essay on the topic you are given. You will be presented a situation and will be asked to make a choice between two courses of action.

There is no right or wrong answer, you will be evaluated on how you present your argument and the supporting information you provide.

The LSAT writing sample is not scored, but will be sent out to the schools you are applying to. This LSAT section will be open 8 days before the LSAT test date.

This allows for more flexibility for candidates to complete the section when it is most convenient for them. This section must be completed in order for a candidate to see their score or have their score released to schools.

LSAT Sections FAQs

How many sections are there on the LSAT?

The LSAT is made up of 4 sections followed by a writing sample that you can take within a certain time period.

Keep in mind, there are only 3 scored sections on the LSAT (logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension).

  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Analytical Reasoning
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Variable Section
  5. Writing Sample

How many questions are on the LSAT?

The LSAT consists of about 100 multiple-choice question. You will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam (this includes a 15-minute break).

Which is the hardest section of the LSAT?

In general, the whole LSAT is challenging, especially if you are not prepared. With that being said, most students find analytical reasoning (logic games) to be the most challenging. These questions are very unique, and students are not use to them.

One way to combat this is by taking a LSAT practice test. This will help you become more familiar with the exam and the kind of questions on the LSAT.

Authored By: Vincent Gullo
Authored By: Vincent Gullo

Vincent Gullo is a master's students at Tufts University working towards his Masters in Law & Diplomacy.

He is also an LSAT prep course teacher for Kaplan. Vince has helped students reach scores in the top 10% of all test-takers.