How Long is the LSAT?

The LSAT is not much longer than most other "entry" exams you've probably taken in your life.

It has six 35 minute questions and a 15 minute break between the third and fourth sections. 

That totals up to 3 hours and 45 minutes of total time, or 3 hours and 30 minutes of testing time.

This may not seem like a lot, but if you haven't prepared properly and/or are not well-rested, hydrated, etc, your performance can quickly get worse throughout the exam. 

Since you get a break after the 3rd section, which means you get a break after 1 hour and 45 minutes of testing, you should find a fine balance between being hydrated, but not so hydrated that you have to go to the bathroom during the exam.

Every minute counts, and while this level of obsession may not be necessary for most, if you want to be the best you have to commit like the best.

Keep in mind: you are only allowed to eat or drink during the 15 minute break! This is why the balance of hydration is crucial. 

The Exam Structure

We've mentioned that the exam has six 35 minute questions, but you might be wondering: what are the actual sections?

  • 4 score multiple choice sections
  • 1 unscored multiple choice section - And no, you will not know which one is scored and which one isn't. Do your best on all of them.
  • 1 unscored writing sample - It's unscored, but gets send to all law schools you apply to.​​​​

And the rest period, of course.

P.S. - If you're wondering how hard the LSAT really is or how long you should study for, we got you covered!

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