There are several standardized tests that you may be required to take before an admissions decision can be made about your application. Standardized tests are administered both paper-based and/or computer-based, depending on the test. Different graduate schools may require different tests, so it is always important to check with the Admissions Office early in the application process to see which test is required.
- Verbal Reasoning - The skills measured include the test taker's ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it analyze relationships among component parts of sentences recognize relationships between words and concepts.
- Quantitative Reasoning - The skills measured include the test taker's ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis reason quantitatively solve problems in a quantitative setting.
- Analytical Writing - The skills measured include the test taker's ability toarticulate complex ideas clearly and effectively examine claims and accompanying evidence support ideas with relevant reasons and examples sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion control the elements of standard written English.
Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier - in June or October - is often advised.
Some schools place greater weight than others on the LSAT; most law schools do evaluate your full range of credentials.
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: 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 critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
Scores are reported in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. Medical college admission committees consider MCAT scores as part of their admission decision process. Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores during the application process. Many schools do not accept MCAT scores if taken more than three years ago.