LSAT Sample Papers 2018
Updated on May 1, 2018 - 11:45 a.m. IST by Sherin Tressa
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LSAT Sample Papers 2018 – Candidates appearing for LSAT 2018 can practice for the test by downloading the sample papers. It will help candidates to understand the types of questions that will be asked in the exam. The sample papers of LSAT 2018 will contain the questions from the previous years LSAT exams. LSAT 2018 will be conducted for a total of 3 hours and 30 minutes. The exam is divided into five sections to be attempted within 35 minutes each. Each section of LSAT 2018 exam will have multiple-choice questions. The question paper will be divided into scored and unscored sections where four sections will be calculated under the scored section. LSAT is conducted in four times in a year. Candidates can choose an appropriate time to appear for the exam. LSAT 2018 is an entrance exam conducted by LSAC for candidates who wish to pursue law in countries like US, Canada, Australia, Middle East, etc.

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About LSAT Sample Papers 2018

The sample papers of LSAT 2018 will give candidates a general idea about the test.

Candidates are suggested to practice the test papers under actual time constraints to help them estimate the time required to spend on each question as well as which type of question will need more attention. Candidates can also familiarise themselves with the type of questions as well as test instructions.

 

LSAT Sample Papers 2018: Syllabus, Number of questions and duration

The five multiple-choice sections of the test will contain three different question types. The LSAT 2018 syllabus includes three main topics.

 

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 Sample Papers 2018: Types of questions asked under each section

Reading Comprehension

The purpose of Reading Comprehension section is to measure a candidates ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The questions asked will be based on the following characteristics of the given passage

  • The organization or structure

  • The main idea or primary purpose

  • Principles that function in the selection

  • Information that is explicitly stated

  • Information or ideas that can be inferred

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

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

  • Analogies to claims or arguments in the selection

  • 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

Analytical Reasoning questions are designed to assess a candidates ability to consider a group of facts and rules and use those facts and rules to determine what could or must be true. The scenarios related to these questions are usually not related to the law since there is a wide range of test takers from different backgrounds. Analytical Reasoning questions test a range of deductive reasoning skills such as

  • 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.

  • 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)

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

  • 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.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning questions evaluate a candidates ability to critically evaluate, analyze, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. The questions will be based on short arguments drawn from a wide range of sources, including newspapers, general interest magazines, scholarly publications, advertisements, and informal discourse.

The following skills of a candidate will be tested in this section.

  • Drawing well-supported conclusions

  • Identifying and applying principles or rules

  • Identifying flaws in arguments

  • Identifying explanations

  • Reasoning by analogy

  • Recognizing the parts of an argument and their relationships

  • Determining how additional evidence affects an argument

  • Detecting assumptions made by particular arguments

  • Recognizing similarities and differences between patterns of reasoning

  • Recognizing misunderstandings or points of disagreement

Writing Sample

On the day of LSAT 2018 candidates will be asked to write a sample essay. This essay will not be scored, on the other hand, it will be sent to the law schools to which the candidate has applied. The writing sample presents a decision problem. Candidates will be asked to make a choice between two positions or courses of action. Both of the choices are defensible, and the candidates are given the criteria and facts on which to base your decision. There is no right or wrong position to take on a particular topic, so the quality of each candidates response will not take into account the choice made, but of how well or poorly the choice is supported and how well or poorly the other choice is criticized. The writing sample is designed and validated by legal education professionals. Since it involves writing based on fact sets and criteria, the writing sample gives applicants the opportunity to demonstrate the type of argumentative writing that is required in law school, although the topics are usually nonlegal.

 

Click here to download the Sample question papers of LSAT from the previous years

 

LSAT 2018 is conducted in fours sessions in the months of February, June, September/October and December every year. Candidates can go through the LSAT 2018 test dates to choose a date of their convenience to appear for the exam.

 

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