LSAT or GRE

Benefits of Taking the LSAT

Whether to apply to law school—and which schools to apply to—are big decisions, and you deserve to have the best information to help you navigate those decisions. While a small number of schools have recently decided to accept other standardized tests in addition to the LSAT in certain circumstances, the LSAT is still the best choice for law school admission. The LSAT is the only test accepted by every law school, and it is the only test specifically designed to assess the core capabilities required for success in law school and the legal profession. The LSAT is the only test that allows you to see how you compare to students being admitted to a given school, so you can focus on the schools that are right for you. For these reasons, 99.8 percent of law school applicants in 2017–2018 relied on the LSAT.  

More than Just an Admission Test

Preparing for the LSAT can also help you refine the logical thinking skills you’ll need to draw on in law school and your legal career.

Considerations

  • LSAT Accepted by All Law Schools—The LSAT is the only admission exam accepted by ALL accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. If you are planning to apply to multiple law schools, you can take the LSAT and easily submit your score to all designated schools through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) system.
  • Free Khan Academy Official LSAT Prep—Only the LSAT offers FREE online test preparation from Khan Academy. You can create a personalized practice plan using official LSAT test content to build the skills and confidence to succeed on the LSAT. Preparing for the test also helps build the skills required for success in law school and in the legal profession. Visit khanacademy.org/lsat to get started.
  • LSAT Is a Strong Predictor of First-Year Success—The LSAT has been developed specifically for law schools to assess key skills needed for success in law school, including analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension. Extensive research has shown that the LSAT score is a strong predictor of first-year success.
  • LSAT Provides Objective Comparison Across Schools and Applicants—It is important to be able to evaluate how you compare to other applicants, as well as the likelihood for acceptance at specific law schools. Median LSAT scores for the incoming class are provided by each law school, enabling you to make a standardized comparison across schools.
  • Flexible LSAT Test Dates and Locations—The LSAT is available six times a year at hundreds of test centers so that you can find a date that suits your schedule. Register for the LSAT.
  • New Digital LSAT Coming Soon

LSAT and GRE Differences

Learn more about key differences between the LSAT and GRE. Please note that approximately half of the multiple-choice questions on the GRE involve math, which may be a consideration if math is not your strength.

  LSAT GRE General Test
Purpose

Designed to measure skills that have been identified as critical to success in law school. Proven valid and reliable for this purpose.

Designed to serve a broad array of graduate programs rather than being tailored to any one field of study. Was not designed for law school admission and is not valid or reliable for this purpose.

Target Test-Taker Population(s)

Law school applicants.

Applicants to graduate schools. Minor use in some Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs (GMAT preferred).

Content

Measures the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think and write critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

Measures quantitative skills (e.g., applying concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis), verbal skills (e.g., understanding the meanings of words, sentences, and entire texts), and analytical writing (e.g., controlling the elements of standard written English).

Reported Scores

A single score measuring verbal reasoning and deductive reasoning skills. A critical writing sample is also collected and forwarded to law schools that applicants apply to.

Separate quantitative, verbal, and writing scores that should not be combined, and cannot be compared to LSAT scores (even through the use of percentiles).

Rigor

Designed to challenge law school applicants across a wide range of ability.

Designed to serve a broad range of graduate programs.

Test Security LSAT questions and forms are highly secure.

The GRE testing model necessitates that questions be regularly reused, creating the likelihood that test takers could gain access to questions prior to testing.

Disclosure

Most test forms are freely disclosed at the time of score reporting. Test takers are then given four months to challenge the soundness, fairness, and equity of test questions. Disclosed test questions are also made available for low-cost test preparation.

Limited test review can be granted only to New York test takers, by appointment during selected weeks, for a $50 fee. Those New York test takers may review only the questions they answered incorrectly during a session that lasts a maximum of two hours.

Questions?


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