College of Law

About the LSAT

Q: What is the LSAT?
A: The Law School Admission Test is a standardized test used to measure reading and verbal skills. The score is used along with other factors to assess potential for success in law school.

Q: When should I take the LSAT?
A: The LSAT is offered numerous times each year. Summer test dates tend to work well for applicants still in school because they are able to study over summer break. For other applicants, an early fall test works well with the application process as test results are released well in advance of scholarship deadlines.

Q: What is a good LSAT score?
A: LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. The median score is 150. A “good” score will depend on which law school you apply to. Review the Toledo Law entering class profile to get a general idea of our admitted student scores.

Q: What does the LSAT test?
A: There are five multiple choice sections lasting 35 minutes each, but only four of the five sections below contribute to your score. There is also a 35-minute, unscored writing sample to be completed after the test.

  • Reading Comprehension (1): Four longer reading sections with 5-8 questions that measure the ability to comprehend at a higher reading level.
  • Analytical Reasoning (1): Four scenarios with rules. Each scenario has 5-7 questions concerning what could reasonably be the case. This section measures the ability to understand relationship structures and draw conclusions.
  • Logical Reasoning (2): Short arguments followed by questions that measure the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments.
  • Variable (1): The final section, commonly referred to as the variable section, is not scored or identified and can be any of the three types above. Placement will vary. It is typically used to pretest new test questions.

Q: How do I prepare for the LSAT?
A: There is no hard and fast rule, but all agree that preparation is vital. For many students, timing is an important element of exam success and utilizing past exam questions (available through, or your local library) is a strong and effective way to prepare.

Toledo Law regularly offers Mock LSAT events where we provide a free hour of LSAT instruction followed by the administration of a full LSAT PrepTest under authentic conditions. Register now for our next Mock LSAT event! has also partnered with Khan Academy to offer a free online Official LSAT Prep course.

Q: Should you take the LSAT more than once?
A: You can, but be aware that law schools are able to view all scores. Some schools take your average score into account, but Toledo Law only considers your highest score.

Q.  Do I need to take a commercial LSAT prep course?
A.  While we do not endorse the use of a commercial LSAT preparation service or any particular service, we have compiled a list of LSAT prep courses below in case you determine that this is the best method of preparation for you. 

Last Updated: 8/15/19