LSAT Exam Pattern 2018
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LSAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has released the LSAT 2018 exam pattern. Candidates who plan to appear for LSAT 2018 in the coming session should go through the exam pattern of LSAT 2018 to know more about the sections and types of questions that can be asked for the exam. As per the LSAT exam pattern 2018 prescribed by LSAC, there will be three topics namely Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. Candidates must make sure to prepare themselves to attempt questions related to the above topics. LSAT is conducted in four sessions in the months of February, June, September/ October and December every year. Candidates who wish to pursue legal studies in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, Middle East, Caribbean and other Asian countries must make sure that they attend LSAT 2018.

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LSAT Exam Pattern 2018

LSAT 2018 consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions out of which only four will be considered for calculating the actual score. The topics included in the syllabus are reading comprehension section, analytical reasoning section and two logical reasoning sections. Along with this, a 35-minute writing test will be held at the end of the exam which will be unscored. According to which the total duration of LSAT 2018 will be 3 hours 30 minutes. The details of what will be included in the syllabus toipics are given here.

 

Reading Comprehension: This section will measure a candidates ability to read and understand and give insights to passages. The questions asked in the passage will be about the following characteristics of a particular passage.

  • The main idea or primary purpose

  • Information that is explicitly stated

  • Principles that function in the selection

  • Analogies to claims or arguments in the selection

  • The organization or structure

  • The application of information in the selection to a new context

  • Information or ideas that can be inferred

  • The meaning or purpose of words or phrases as used in context

  • An author’s attitude as revealed in the tone of a passage or the language used

  • The impact of new information on claims or arguments in the selection

Analytical Reasoning: This sections checks the ability of a candidate to understand the structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure.

Analytical Reasoning questions test a range of reasoning skills which will include

  • Reasoning with conditional (“if-then”) statements and recognizing logically equivalent formulations of such statements

  • Comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships by determining a complete solution to the problem posed (for example, an acceptable seating arrangement of all six diplomats around a table)

  • Recognizing when two statements are logically equivalent in context by identifying a condition or rule that could replace one of the original conditions while still resulting in the same possible outcomes

  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules

  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules together with new information in the form of an additional or substitute fact or rule

Logical Reasoning: This section will assess a candidates ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning such as

  • Identifying explanations

  • Recognizing the parts of an argument and their relationships

  • Recognizing misunderstandings or points of disagreement

  • Determining how additional evidence affects an argument

  • Drawing well-supported conclusions

  • Reasoning by analogy

  • Recognizing similarities and differences between patterns of reasoning

  • Detecting assumptions made by particular arguments

  • Identifying and applying principles or rules

  • Identifying flaws in arguments

LSAT Exam Pattern 2018

Section

Number of questions

Duration

Reading Comprehension

26 to 28 (approx)

35

Analytical Reasoning

22 to 24 (approx)

35

Logical Reasoning (Two sections)

24 to 28 (approx) for each section

35+35(70)

Variable section (Unscored)

-

35

Writing section (Unscored)

-

35

LSAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Important Points

  • LSAT is designed to measure a candidates skills which is considered necessary for success in legal studies.

  • LSAT 2018 will be based on the number of questions answered correctly.

  • There will be no negative marking.

  • Candidates must note that individual questions on the different sections will not be weighed differently.

  • The selection process will start as soon as the LSAT 2018 scores are out.

 

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