Early history[ edit ] Ancient China was the first country in the world that implemented a nationwide standardized test, which was called the imperial examination. The main purpose of this examination was to select able candidates for specific governmental positions. Civil service[ edit ] From the mid 19th century, universities began to institute written examinations to assess the aptitude of the pupils. This is an excerpt from the Tripos examination in Cambridge University.
This led to an invitation of representatives from Harvard Law School and Yale Law School who ultimately accepted the invitation and began to draft the first administration of the LSAT exam. NYUin correspondence by memorandum, was openly unconvinced "about the usefulness of an aptitude test as a method of selecting law school students", but was open to experimenting with the idea, as were other schools that were unconvinced.
At a meeting on November 10,with representatives of law schools extending beyond the original ColumbiaHarvardand Yale representatives, the design of the LSAT was discussed. At this meeting the issue of a way to test students who came from excessively "technical" backgrounds that were deficient in the study of history and literature was discussed but ultimately rejected.
The first administration of the LSAT followed and occurred in However, in Juneit was announced that the LSAC would be increasing the number of tests from four to six and would instead be administering it in January, March, June, July, September, and November.
LSAT numbers continued to drop over the next two cycles but to a lesser degree, with February showed the first increase in test takers 1.
Test composition[ edit ] The LSAT consists of five minute multiple choice sections one of which is an unscored experimental section followed by an unscored writing sample section. Modern tests have 99— scored items in total. Several different test forms are used within an administration, each presenting the multiple choice sections in different orders, which is intended to make it difficult to cheat or to guess which is the experimental section.
LR sections each contain 24—26 questions. Complete sections contain 26—28 questions. Though no real rules govern the content of this section, the passages generally relate to law, arts and humanities, physical sciences, or social sciences.
In Juneone of the four passages was replaced with a "comparative reading" question. One section contains four "games" falling into a number of categories including grouping, matching, and ordering of elements. Each LG section has 22—24 questions. The examinee is then asked to draw conclusions from the statements "What is the maximum number of people who could be present?
What makes the games challenging is that the rules do not produce a single "correct" set of relationships among all elements of the game; rather, the examinee is tested on their ability to analyze the range of possibilities embedded in a set of rules.
Individual questions often add rules or modify existing rules, requiring quick reorganization of known information.
The LG section is commonly regarded by LSAT takers as the most difficult section of the test, at least at first, but it is also the section that can be most improved upon with practice. Unscored Variable section[ edit ] The current test contains one experimental section which Law Services refers to as the "Variable section".
It is used to test new questions for future exams. The performance of the examinee on this section is not reported as part of the final score. The examinee is not told which section of the exam is experimental, since doing so could skew the data.
Previously, this section has always been one of the first three sections of any given test, but beginning with the administration of the October LSAT the experimental can be after the first three sections. LSAC makes no specific claim as to which section s it has appeared as in the past, and what section s it may appear as in the future.
The writing sample is presented in the form of a decision prompt, which provides the examinee with a problem and two criteria for making a decision. The examinee must then write an essay favoring one of the two options over the other. The decision prompt generally does not involve a controversial subject, but rather something mundane about which the examinee likely has no strong bias.
LSAC does not score the writing sample. Instead, the essay is digitally imaged and sent to admission offices along with the LSAT score. Between the quality of the handwriting and of the digital image, some admissions officers regard the readability and usefulness of the writing sample to be marginal.
Additionally, most schools require that applicants submit a "personal statement" of some kind. These factors sometimes result in admission boards disregarding the writing sample.
LSAC suggests, at a minimum, that students review official practice tests, called PrepTests, before test day to familiarize themselves with the types of questions that appear on the exams. Each released exam is commonly referred to as a PrepTest.
However, these tests have been made available through some of the test preparation companies, which have licensed them from LSAC to provide only to students in their courses. Students who do not use these courses often rely on material from LSAT preparation books, previously administered exams, and internet resources such as blogs, forums, and mobile apps.
Normalized scores are distributed on a scale with a low of to a high of The relationship between raw questions answered correctly the "raw score" and scaled score is determined before the test is administered, through a process called equating.
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If you are visiting the Law School Toolbox, it is likely that you want to do better on your law school essay exams. And one of the things we talk about on this site is the importance of practicing writing out exam answers..
Practice is how we learn how to apply the law we learn in law school. What's Being Tested? In most law schools, the exam counts for the entire grade in a course. Your class participation might count only if it is extraordinary. Law school admission requirements vary by program. Select your program below to learn how to apply.
Success in Law School - A Unique Perspective. Published August , last updated February Foreword by Ken DeLeon, creator of leslutinsduphoenix.com Law examinations share a good deal in common with other stock forms of legal writing, such as the brief, the law office memorandum, and the judicial opinion.
Developing proper skills of exam writing will have, therefore, permanent returns.