One important way to prepare for the LSAT is to simulate the day of the test by taking a practice test under actual time constraints. Taking a practice test under timed conditions helps you to estimate the amount of time you can afford to spend on each question in a section and to determine the question types on which you may need additional practice.
Since the LSAT is a timed test, it is important to use your allotted time wisely. During the test, you may work only on the section designated by the test supervisor. You cannot devote extra time to a difficult section and makeup that time on a section you find easier. In pacing yourself, and checking your answers, you should think of each section of the test as a separate minitest.
Be sure that you answer every question on the test. When you do not know the correct answer to a question, first eliminate the responses that you know are incorrect, then make your best guess among the remaining choices. Do not be afraid to guess as there is no penalty for incorrect answers.
When you take the practice test that follows, abide by all the requirements specified in the directions and keep strictly within the specified time limits. Work without a rest period. When you take an actual test you will have only a short break—usually 10-15 minutes—after Section 3. When taken under conditions as much like actual testing conditions as possible (see Day of the Test), the practice test provides very useful preparation for taking the LSAT.
Official directions for the four multiple-choice sections and the writing sample are included in this practice test so that you can approximate actual testing conditions as you practice. To take the test:
This practice test is made up of the scored sections from the actual disclosed LSAT administered in June 2007 as well as the writing sample topic. However, it does not contain the extra, variable section that is used to pretest new test items of one of the three multiple-choice question types. The three multiple-choice question types may be in a different order in an actual LSAT than in this practice test. This is because the order of these question types is intentionally varied for each administration of the test. The actual test contains section headers at the top of each page that are not included in this practice test.
The writing sample is not scored but is used by law school admission personnel to assess writing skill. Your writing sample is copied and sent to law schools to which you direct your LSAT score. Some writing sample prompts, or variations of them, may be given at more than one LSAT administration.
The time allotted for the writing sample is 35 minutes, with two pages of writing space.
Scratch paper is provided for use during the writing sample portion of the test only. Scratch paper cannot be used in other sections of the LSAT.