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Pearson VUE India : LSAT 2016 Test Pattern & Scoring Law School Admission Test

Organization : Pearson VUE India
Entrance Exam : LSAT 2016 Law School Admission Test
Facility : Test Pattern and Scoring

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Test Pattern and Scoring :
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Pattern and Scoring of LSAT :

** The LSAT—India is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the USA-based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India.

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** The LSAT—India is patterned after the world-renowned LSAT®.
** It is developed by testing professionals with advanced degrees in psychometrics, English, linguistics, and logic.
** It is not created by ad hoc committees of faculty.
** The LSAT—India pattern rigorously follows prescribed specifications that are essentially the same every year.
** Each test question has been subjected to multiple levels of review and to a system of pretesting, so candidates can be assured that every question has one and only one correct answer.
** The LSAT—India is meant to help anyone with good critical thinking skills embark on the study of law.
** So, there are no questions designed to assess prior legal knowledge, no questions requiring mathematical knowledge and no questions on current affairs or grammar.
** The LSAT—India breaks critical thinking skills down into three main types logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension.
** Since the first of these types is most predictive of success in law school, there are two sections of logical reasoning questions in the LSAT—India.
** There is also one section each of analytical reasoning and reading comprehension questions, which contribute to the predictive validity of the test.
** There is no negative marking or penalty for guessing.
** Only correct answers contribute to a candidate’s score.
** Therefore, candidates should leave no question unanswered and guess on those questions they cannot carefully consider.

Test Scoring for UG & PG Programmes :
** Test scores are reported on a percentile basis, comparing each candidate’s performance to that of the others within his or her candidate group (Five-Year Integrated LL.B. Programme or LL.M./ LL.B. Programme).
** Scores for one candidate group cannot be compared to those for the other candidate group since they are based on group performance.
** So, for example, an undergraduate candidate earning an LSAT—India score of 82.5 has performed better on the test than 82.5 percent of the total undergraduate candidate pool.
** This score does not indicate what the candidate’s standing would be within the post-undergraduate candidate pool.
** Note also that this score does not mean that the candidate answered 82.5 percent of the LSAT—India questions correctly.
** Thus, LSAT—India scores tell law schools the relative strength of the critical-thinking skills measured by the test for each candidate in comparison to the others in his or her candidate pool.

Pattern Details :

Section | Number of Questions | Timing :
Analytical Reasoning Approx. 24 35 minutes
1st Logical Reasoning Approx. 24 35 minutes
2nd Logical Reasoning Approx. 24 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension Approx. 24 35 minutes
Total: 4 sections 92-100 questions 2 hours and 20 minutes

The sections on the LSAT—India may appear in any order but always consist of one Analytical Reasoning section, one Reading Comprehension section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The LSAT—India is a paper-and-pencil test. All questions are in a multiple-choice format, some with four answer choices and others with five. Answers are collected on a scannable answer sheet.

There is no substantial break between any sections of the test. Invigilators carefully time each section using countdown timers provided by LSAC, allowing 35 minutes for each of the four sections. Invigilators give a 5-minute warning before calling time for a section. When the time is up, invigilators require candidates to stop work on the section, and begin work on the next section. During the test, candidates are allowed to work only in the section currently being timed. They are not permitted to go back to an earlier section or forward to a later one even if they finish a section before time is called.

Analytical Reasoning Questions :
These questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. The test taker is asked to reason deductively from a set of statements and rules or principles that describe relationships among persons, things, or events. Analytical Reasoning questions reflect the kinds of complex analyses that a law student performs in the course of legal problem solving.

Logical Reasoning Questions :
These questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Each Logical Reasoning question requires the test taker to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer a question about it. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning. These skills include drawing well-supported conclusions, reasoning by analogy, determining how additional evidence affects an argument, applying principles or rules, and identifying argument flaws.

Reading Comprehension Questions :
These questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The Reading Comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by four to nine questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.

For further information on the LSAT—India question types, as well as free practice tests, explanations to sample questions, test preparation videos, and test-taking tips, click here to go the Official Test Prep page.

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