LSAT (Law School Admission Test) India is gaining popularity among students. Unlike CLAT and AILET, LSAT is purely based on aptitude and critical thinking. In India the education system focuses more on the memorizing power of a student and fails to test the understanding and logical thinking of the brain. But LSAT is an exam conducted globally for admission in various colleges by testing skills which are necessary for a law student and acquiring those skills, does not require any special training or coaching. It tests student’s ability to comprehend and decision making. LSAT India is conducted by Pearson VUE on behalf of USA based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and offers admission in more than 75 colleges across the country. It tests students reading and reasoning skills. Associated colleges include some premier private universities like O.P. Jindal, UPES, GD Goenka, and others. When it comes to LSAT getting a college through it is easier when compared to CLAT or AILET, because number of seats being offered is much more, and moreover not many exam takers are there. Law aspirants are still not really acknowledged about LSAT, but it is a really good avenue for law aspirants other than CLAT and AILET.
KNOW YOUR EXAM
Like in my previous article, again I would give importance to my theory that knowing your exam is very important. When it comes to LSAT, students generally either are not aware about it or do not know about the exam. As a law aspirant even I was not aware of LSAT for a long duration. LSAT 2017 registration has already begun and the last date to register is April 10, 2017. Only online registration is available for LSAT. Cost of registering for the exam is Rs.3,800 and it offers no concessions to different categories, this fees is payable only via online (demonetization again). Important dates are:
Registration Opens: September 14, 2016
Registration Closes: April 10, 2017 (it offers really a long time to register, if you still miss it then you should really check your capabilities)
Exam Date: April 23, 2017
It is a paper-and-pencil test and has four sections divided between logical reasoning and reading comprehension, number of questions varies from 92-100. All questions are based on multiple choice and options offered are either 4 or 5. Total time for the exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes but the major catch is that within a stipulated time of 35 minutes one can only solve a particular section, once the time is over switching back to the section is not permissible, and the student compulsorily has to switch to the next section (either by choice or by force depending on your preparation). Also if you are really good at a section and solve it before time, you cannot move forward to another section. There is no negative marking and the students are advised to mark all the answers. The paper is divided into:
So when it compares to preparation, LSAT is very different when compared to other law entrance examinations, thereby requiring special attention. But on the other hand it saves lots of time on memorizing general knowledge questions and other facts and legal principles. But when it comes to reading newspapers, I would advice students to continue reading the newspaper because it helps in increasing reading speed and improve solving passage based questions. Importance of the editorial section increases here because of the paper pattern. For logical reasoning and analytical reasoning, I would advice students to refer to books and prepare for such questions, practice and consistency will lead to success.
Further the paper does not test memorizing skills of a student but the mental capacity. Therefore preparation of LSAT can be done in a very short span, when it comes to the kind of questions but due to a changed pattern importance of mock tests increases drastically. Without solving a substantial number of mock tests you cannot go for the exam and that too by creating an environment of a real time exam and marking time for each section separately.