How to Navigate LSAT Registration

Making the decision to finally take the LSAT can be quite a doozie. I remember when I made the decision to take the exam back in 2009. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, or where I was going. I just knew I wanted to take the LSAT. The only problem was I didn’t have a clue about LSAT registration.

How to do it; what deadlines I needed to keep an eye on; how much it was going to cost me.

I was completely clueless.

Sure, I figured it out, but in so doing I made the worst decision I could have made: I signed up for the first exam I could. That gave me roughly a month and a half to study for an exam I hadn’t heard of the week before I made up my mind.

Lucky for you, you don’t need to suffer through what I did. I went through LSAT registration the painful way, and now you don’t have to.

How to Register for the LSAT

Fortunately, things aren’t like they used to be. Even though the legal industry tends to move a whole lot slower than most industries, the LSAT, for the most part, is easy to sign up for.

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Before we get into LSAT registration, however, you’re going to want to get familiar with the Law School Admissions Council (“LSAC”) website. Other than the Magoosh LSAT blog (of course!) this is going to be one of the most helpful sites out there. It’s got all the information you could ever want, at least about the LSAT.

1. Register with LSAC

The first thing you’re going to need to do is register for an LSAC account. You can do that right here. Once you get your LSAC account you’ll be able to do a ton of stuff. Here’s a list:

  • Purchase test prep materials;
  • Register for the law school forums;
  • Register for the LSAT;
  • Receive your LSAT score before it comes in the mail;
  • Apply to law schools online.

2. Choose your Test Date

Once you register with LSAC you’ll need to choose your test date in order to complete your LSAT registration. Knowing the upcoming test dates is helpful, but picking a test date that’s right for you is crucial.

3. Register for a Test Date and Pay the Fee

After you choose a date, go ahead and register on LSAC’s website. It’s really easy to do. Just follow the directions on the website. At the end, you’ll be asked to pay the fee (here’s a list of the fees). You can pay with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or DISCOVER.

Then, you’re all set to go.

Exam Preparation

Once your LSAT registration is complete, it’s time to think about the actual test. The exam itself is 3 hours, 45 minutes long. But, you’re going to be in the testing center for longer than that. Knowing exactly how long the LSAT is will help you stayed calm and focused on test day. Long story short, you’re going to be sitting for a while, and your butt is going to be sore.

Practice Sitting

So, to get ready for the exam, you’re not going to just prepare yourself for the subject matter. You’re going to want to spend some time acclimating your body, and your mind, to the rigors of sitting through the exam. Part of your preparation is going to consist of answering a ton of questions over a long, sustained period of time.

That way, when you finally get to the exam, your backside will be plenty used to sitting in an uncomfortable chair for a really long time. For that reason, I suggest you refrain from sitting on a comfy sofa when you do your practice exams.

Practice Exams

In addition to your “sitting practice” you’re going to want to do multiple practice tests. You can do those multiple ways, whether it’s tackling one question at a time and then reviewing the answer, or taking a full blown practice exam. Knowing how to take a full-length practice LSAT in a realistic environment can be essential to your test day preparation.

The point is, you’re going to want to get as familiar with the style in which the questions and answers are written as possible. This is only going to come by doing lots and lots of questions. If you don’t know where to get practice tests, here are some suggestions. You’ll want to use actual LSATs, since that’s what you’re going to see come test day.

You are also going to need to get your timing and pacing down. Each section is 35 minutes, and you’re going to want to make sure you have enough time to get to all the questions.

What to Bring to the Exam on Exam Day

Read our post on what to bring to the LSAT. Or for an exhaustive list, check out LSAC’s official guide. You’re going to bring the basics – photo ID, pencils, highlighter, pencil sharpener, a snack, an analog watch. If I were to pick two things other than the pencils, I’d recommend a pencil sharpener and a watch.

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I broke tips on all of my pencils during the exam. Without a sharpener I would have been toast.

Keep in mind, the list of prohibited items is much longer. Don’t bring any electrical devices in, like your phone, calculator, or your MIO watch. You also won’t be able to bring in any hats or earplugs.

What you ultimately decide to bring in is up to you. Just don’t stress out about it too much, and pray you don’t have to sit next to the guy who brings onion flavored funions.

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