Campus LSAT Help

Pre-Law Center LSAT Study Library

Students have access to a number of free LSAT Prep books through the Pre-Law Center’s lending library of books donated by former test takers and alumni. Students can come and use the study books in our office during normal operating hours.

On Campus LSAT Prep Classes

Students have the opportunity to take live, proctored LSAT prep classes sponsored by PowerScore and subsidized by the UTA Pre-Law Center through donations made by AT&T. These courses are offered once each semester:  from September to November in the Fall semester and from March to June during the Spring semester. We can also provide options for private tutoring.

Information about enrollment is sent out on the Pre-Law Listserv and will be posted in the monthly newsletters (link to Newsletter page here). To be added to the Pre-Law Listserv, email

Student-Led Study Groups

Pre-Law Society hosts monthly talks run by students who have previously produced a successful LSAT score. For more information on LSAT prep study groups, contact an officer for Pre-Law Society.

Summer Practice Exams

Pre-Law Center also offers students the opportunity to take fully proctored mock LSAT exams in the summer months at no cost. Check back here regularly as sign-ups will be posted on our events page and in our monthly newsletters.


No. LSAC stands for Law School Admissions Council while LSAT stands for Law School Admissions Test. The Law School Admissions Council, or LSAC (, is your hub for all things law school! Prospective law students will create a Student Account with LSAC to register for the LSAT online, get your scores via email, assemble credentials, track your applications, and more.

The LSAT assesses the kinds of verbal reasoning skills that have been shown to be critical for success in law school. The current makeup of the test (comprised of Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Reasoning question types) was arrived at through continual refinements to the test conducted over its long history with early input from law faculty. The first LSAT was administered in 1948.

It’s offered six times each year. Test takers can register for exams in January, March, June, July, September and November.  Note: Due to COVID-19 and the LSAT Flex, available test dates have dramatically increased.  Please check for regular updates to exam dates.

Test takers can take the exam an unlimited number of times in a two year period but it is not recommended that you take the test as many times as it is offered. It is better to take your time, study and prepare as best you can to achieve the best result possible before any repeat attempts.

Taking an expensive test-preparation course is not required to do well on the LSAT. LSAC does advise all test takers to practice and to become very familiar with the test prior to taking the LSAT. To help test takers prepare, LSAC publishes thousands of test questions (with answer keys) that have appeared on previously administered LSATs. LSAC publishes thorough explanations of how to solve all the questions on several of these tests. These explanations are developed by the same LSAC test developers who write the test questions. Some of these materials are available for free on, others are available for purchase at low cost. Note that this data is self-reported by the test takers, so it is important to be cautious in drawing conclusions from these surveys.

No. All LSATs are constructed to be equal in difficulty regardless of when they are administered. Scores on the LSAT are reported on a scale of 120 to 180 and can be compared across testing administrations and testing years. Test scores have the same meaning from one test administration to the next and from one year to the next as a result of a process called equating. When scores are equated, a given scaled score represents comparable ability regardless of when the student takes the test.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension questions assess the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. Law school and the practice of law revolve around extensive reading of densely written and argumentative texts. This reading must be careful, distinguishing precisely what is said from what is not said. It involves comparison, analysis, synthesis, and application. It involves drawing appropriate inferences, and applying ideas and arguments to new contexts. Law school reading also requires the ability to grasp unfamiliar subject matter and the ability to process challenging material.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Arguments are a fundamental part of the law and analyzing arguments is a key element of legal analysis. Training in the law builds on a foundation of basic reasoning skills. Law students must draw on these skills in analyzing, evaluating, constructing, and refuting arguments. They need to be able to identify what information is relevant to an issue or argument and what impact further evidence has on it. They need to be able to reconcile opposing positions and use arguments to persuade others.

Analytical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning questions assess the ability to consider a group of facts and rules, and—using those facts and rules—determine what could or must be true. These questions require the test taker to organize given information and draw logically certain inferences (or deductive inferences) from that information. These skills are key components of the ability to think critically.

The reasoning skills assessed in Analytical Reasoning parallel those involved in the kind of legal reasoning that is used in law school and the practice of law in understanding and organizing a set of conditions, rules, or regulations and initial conditions, and then proceeding to determine what could or must be the case given that information.

Some test takers find Analytical Reasoning to be harder than Logical Reasoning or Reading Comprehension. This may be because its format is unfamiliar to them. The sections on the LSAT are constructed to be the same in difficulty. LSAC research and test development staff go to great lengths to ensure that the sections are parallel in this way, and our research shows that the average percent correct in each section is about the same.

Analytical Reasoning questions are fair. Even though they may seem unfamiliar at first, Analytical Reasoning questions are formatted to give the test taker an everyday situation and then ask the test taker to process the given information to determine what can or must be true in the situation. The test taker does not need to have any training in formal logic or any specialized background knowledge to do well on this section.

Because the format of AR can be unfamiliar, it is particularly important to practice these questions prior to test day to become familiar with these questions. LSAC advises and emphasizes to all prospective test takers the importance of practice prior to the day of the test. LSAC gives extensive guidance on how to approach all LSAT question types, including approaches to solving Analytical Reasoning questions, at and in the publications, The Official LSAT SuperPrep, The Official LSAT SuperPrep II, and The Official LSAT Handbook. These publications are available for purchase at low cost or can be found in libraries. The Official LSAC SuperPrep II is provided without charge to test takers who are granted a fee waiver by LSAC.

There is no evidence that the LSAT is biased against any subgroup. The test development process is designed to ensure that the LSAT is valid, fair, and unbiased. LSAC adheres to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, which defines test bias as skill-irrelevant components of test scores that differentially affect the performance of different groups of test takers.

No, the LSAT is not a measure of status.

The test-development process includes requirements that the test content be fair to all test takers (gender, race and ethnicity, regions of the country, US/Canada), including test takers of all economic backgrounds. These fairness requirements are built into the writing of the test questions and the process by which the test questions are reviewed and approved. The review process also includes both internal and external reviewers. Questions deemed to be unfair are not used on the test. In addition to the question review, questions used on the LSAT are pretested as a further check on question fairness.

The LSAT is designed to measure specific skills in reading and critical reasoning. Correlation studies conducted over many years demonstrate that LSAT scores predict first-year GPAs more accurately than any other factor, including undergraduate GPA. The predictive validity of the test also supports the success of the test at measuring the skills required to perform well in the first year of law school.

Some people think that test takers need to enroll in expensive test-prep classes to do well on the LSAT. Although it is important to be familiar with the test format and to practice on actual LSAT questions prior to the day of the test, there are many ways for students to access actual LSAT questions for practice at little or no cost.

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