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How to Prepare for LSAT-India 2017
Official LSAT—India Test Taking Tips
• The most important test taking tip is that prior to sitting for the exam, you should spend as much time as possible becoming familiar with the test pattern, which includes the question types and test timing, by taking advantage of the test preparation materials available on the official website. There is no substitute for PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. This should help you to experience no surprises during the exam and enhance your confidence so that you can do your best.
• We recommend that you work with the free sample questions and the PrepTests available on the official website in three steps:
1st Practice answering questions and sets of questions with no time limits using the free sample questions and PrepTest No.-1.
2nd Practice answering all of the questions in a section with strict adherence to the sectional time limit (35 minutes) using PrepTest No. 2.
3rd Practice taking two entire tests with strict adherence to the time limits and other simulated testing conditions explained on page 4 of the PrepTests using PrepTest No. 3 and PrepTest No. 4.
• In working with the free sample questions and the PrepTests available on the official website, always review the questions you answered incorrectly and try to see why the credited response is the correct answer.
• You should spend as much time as possible preparing for each of the three question types—
Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. However, be aware that two of the four sections on the test are Logical Reasoning sections.
• Since the LSAT—India measures critical thinking skills, not mastery of any specific body of knowledge, cramming facts, mathematical formulae, and other general knowledge prior to the exam is not necessary and will be a waste of time.
• All of the information that you will need to answer the questions is provided on the test papers.
You just need to apply your reading and reasoning skills. Work within the context provided by the reading passage for a question. Answer each question on the basis of the information that is given, even if you do not agree with it. The questions do not involve any tricks or hidden meanings.
• Always read all of the answer choices before selecting the best answer. The best answer choice is the one that most accurately and completely answers the question being posed. Rule out any clearly wrong answer choices before selecting the best answer.
• Do not pick a response simply because it is a true statement. Although true, it may not answer the question posed.
• Each section of the test is timed separately, with 35 minutes per section. Finishing a section can sometimes require strategizing. If you find that you are stuck on a question, move on to the next one and come back to the one you skipped at the end if there is time remaining for that section.
• Be aware that sections are taken in the order that they appear in the test book. Candidates are allowed to work only in the section currently being timed by the invigilators. Candidates 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.
• The test taking rules are strictly enforced. Please carefully follow your invigilator’s instructions and the instructions on the test paper and OMR answer sheet.
• Credit is given for each question a test taker answers correctly, and all questions count equally.
You will not be disqualified for leaving questions or a section blank. However, there is no negative marking or penalty for guessing. So the best strategy is to answer each and every question; guess on those you can’t carefully consider.
• Be your best on test day. Avoid unnecessary stress and arrive well rested.
LSAT-India 2017 Important Instructions
- Candidates are required to reach their assigned Test Centre on or before the reporting time indicated on front of the Admit Card. Any Candidate reporting after the gates-closing time will not be allowed entry into the Test Centre under any circumstance. NO REQUESTS FOR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ENTERTAINED IN THIS REGARD. The test will start at the Exam start time mentioned on the admit card. Tests will be conducted in a comfortable environment.
- The candidate needs to bring the following to the test centre:
- Admit Card: Candidates can download their Admit Card from this site after authentication of their payment. Click here to view the sample of the Admit card.
- HB pencils, sharpener and erasers.
- One valid (original and non-expired) photo identification proof from the following list:
- Driving License
- PAN Card
- Election Card / Voter ID
- UID / Aadhaar Card / E-Aadhaar Card copy
- Employee ID containing photograph and signature
- SC/ ST Certificate with photograph
- Military dependent ID containing candidate’s photo
- Military ID containing candidate’s photo
- Photo Identity issued by School/College/University
- If a registrant of LSAT—India does not have any of the above IDs, she/he will be admitted upon presentation of ANY TWO of the following, in original:
- Original Admit Card issued by University/Board for Twelfth Standard Examination (photo)
- School Identity Card (photo)
- Tenth Pass Certificate/Mark Sheet that has Date of Birth on it
- Candidates who are unable to produce valid ID (non—expired and in original) will not be admitted into the testing center and shall not be offered a test-fee refund.
- Candidates whose first and the last names on the ID do not match with the first and the last names entered in the registration form will not be admitted to the testing center and shall not be offered a test fee refund.
- Please note that following are not acceptable as IDs on the day of the test:
- Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
- Notarised copies
- Learner’s driving license
- The test invigilator, after checking the admit card of the candidate, will guide the candidate to the seat allotted to him/her in the examination hall. The candidate must ensure that he/she occupies the seat allotted to him/her by verifying the classroom number and seat number.
- All candidates should be seated well before the exam start time. The test procedure begins with the distribution of the answer sheet (AS). The candidate must fill in his/her name, as it appears in the admit card. The test registration number and other details mentioned in the OMR sheet must also be filled. Candidate must use only HB pencil for filling up the OMR sheet. Any OMR sheet filled with pen will not be considered for results.
- Candidates will mark their answers in the OMR sheet (Click here to view the sample sheet). Candidates please notice that they have to copy the full certifying statement on the back of the OMR sheet in their handwriting. Candidates need to ensure that they re-write the given text in their hand writing in the given space, without which, their test scores will not be considered for evaluation.
- On receipt of the question paper candidates will tear open the tamper proof seal and enter the required details on the OMR sheets. The Question paper must be opened only when the invigilator asks them to do so. Any candidate who opens the seal prior to the announcement by the invigilator may be liable to get disqualified from the test. When the candidate gets the question paper, he/she must make sure that the question paper is in right condition. In case of any issues, the matter should be immediately brought to the notice of the invigilator.
- The question paper contains four sections. The candidate must read the directions given for each section of the test carefully. If he/she skips the directions, he/she may miss some important test related information and lose credit for some questions in that section.
- Candidate must attempt the relevant section during the 35 minutes allowed for that section and not try to attempt any other section.
- There are no scheduled breaks included in the test. Any break taken by the test-taker will mean that he/she will lose that much time from the total testing time allotted for the section and will be treated as unscheduled break.
- Candidates should put their pencils down when the invigilator announces that the time is over. Candidates found marking answers even after this announcement may be disqualified. After the test is over, candidates should remain seated until the invigilator collects the answer sheets and question papers. The candidate will be allowed to leave the hall only after the answer sheets and question papers of all the candidates in the examination hall have been collected and accounted for.
- The candidate must not carry any articles such as cellphones, calculators, pens, arms, etc., as only the admit card, IDs in original, HB pencils, sharpeners and erasers are required for the test and all other articles have to be left outside the test hall at the candidate's own risk.
Instructions for answer sheet:
- The OMR sheets for LSAT—India requires the candidate to darken the circle against an option considered correct by the candidate for every attempted question.
- Candidates must read the instructions carefully for marking the answers on the OMR sheets.
- Candidates must use HB PENCIL only and should not use a fountain pen or ball pen on the OMR sheets.
- Since the OMR sheets will be read by an OMR machine, the candidate must ensure that he/she fills in the circles clearly, darkens the circles evenly and completely, and does not leave any smudges or stray marks on the OMR sheets. Pearson VUE is not responsible for any error in reading the OMR sheets due to use of pens, non HB pencil or incomplete darkening of the intended answer. While adequate care is taken in processing the answer sheets, Pearson VUE will not entertain any request for revaluation of OMR sheets.
- DO NOT tear, bend or mutilate the AS.
1) What is the Law School Admission Test-India (LSAT—India)?
The LSAT—India is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the US based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India for their various law programs — BA L.L.B, L.L.B. and L.L.M. The LSAT—India is administered in 16 cities across India. The test is administered in a paper and pencil format.
2) When will the LSAT—India be administered?
The LSAT—India will be administered on Sunday, 21st May, 2017.
3) How can a candidate register for the LSAT—India?
- Registration for the LSAT—India is online and can be done by submitting the form on the LSAT—India website. Payment for the registration by test takers in India can be done online only (via credit card only) before before 3 May.
- LSAT—India shall not accept any registrations from candidates in any other mode or form.
4) Are candidates required to fill separate forms for LSAT—India test and for the colleges that they wish to apply?
Yes, candidates need to fill a separate form for respective colleges where they wish to apply. Please note that each college has its own eligibility criteria and admission procedure.
5) Where will the test be administered?
The locations for the LSAT—India are:
- North: Chandigarh, Delhi(NCR), Jaipur, Lucknow
- South: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi
- West: Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai, Nagpur
- East: Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi.
6) How is the LSAT—India different from the LSAT®?
The LSAT—India is an admissions test customised for Indian law schools - brought by The Law School Admission Council, USA and Pearson VUE. The LSAT—India includes the same question types as the LSAT, but is shorter, and scores are reported on a different scale. The LSAT—India does not include a writing sample, while the LSAT does. LSAT scores are used for admission to many law schools in the US, Canada and Australia, while LSAT—India scores are used only within India.
7) How will a candidate know if his/her registration has been accepted?
Candidate will be informed about acceptance/non-acceptance status of the registration via an e-mail, sent to the email address given during LSAT—India registration.
8) What can lead to cancellation of the registration?
Candidates need to ensure that the information submitted by them is correct. In case any information is found to be incorrect at a later date, Pearson VUE and LSAC shall have the right to cancel the test score. In the event of the cancellation of the score due to furnishing of incorrect information, the test fee paid by the candidate will not be refunded.
LSAT—India registration will also stand cancelled if the application has incomplete information or test fee is received by Pearson VUE after the due date. Registration forms, for which the registration fee is not received in time, will be rejected outright.
9) What will happen if registration form or payment details are incomplete?
If any detail is incomplete in the form or the payment has not been completed, the registration will not be accepted. If this happens, a notification will be sent to the candidate.
10) How can a candidate get help during registration?
Candidates can contact the LSAT—India helpdesk, details as follows:
Phone support - Monday to Friday (except public holidays) - 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM IST at the following chargeable number - +91-7863027791
E-mail support - Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live chat support - Monday to Friday (except public holidays) - 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM IST.
11) Can candidates have different names on the registration application and the ID shown at the testing center?
Candidates must enter their name on the registration form as it appears on their photo identification that they would carry to the testing center. If the name on the ID does not match with the registration details, the candidate will not be allowed to test and will be turned away from the testing center.
12) Can candidates edit their registration application?
The online application form filling process allows candidates to save the form without submitting it. Candidates should note that once a form is submitted, the candidate cannot make any changes to the form except educational qualifications and associated college information.
13) What are the specifications of the photograph to be uploaded on the registration application?
Candidates need to upload their recent photograph while filling out the registration application. Admit cards with have the candidate's photograph, hence candidates must upload a high resolution photo as per the specifications below.
Candidates must ensure the following while uploading their photo in the registration application:
- Photos in JPEG format only, 200 pixels high by 150 pixels wide.
- File size should not exceed 500 kb.
- Photo should have either white or light coloured background.
- Eyes should be open and clearly visible.
- Candidate face should be distinctly visible, straight and at the centre. Shoulder tops should also be clear in the photo.
- Photograph should not be more than 6 months old.
14) What is the Admit card? How can candidates download it?
The Admit card is a document containing candidate registration details and photograph. Candidates can download their Admit card from the link "Download Admit Card" (to be provided later). It is mandatory to carry the Admit card along with required IDs, on the day of the LSAT—India test.
15) What will happen if a candidate arrives late for the test?
Candidates, who arrive at the test centre on the specified scheduled test date later than the published exam start time, will not be permitted to take the test and will have to forfeit the full cost of the test.
16) Are there any coaching institutes where LSAT—India coaching is available?
The LSAT—India is a test of reason, and a candidate should understand the test pattern and gain familiarity. Official LSAT—India study material is available on this site. We don't authorise any coaching centres in India.
17) What is the duration of the test?
The total duration of the test is 2 hours and 20 minutes without any break.
18) What is the marking scheme for the different sections?
There are no significant differences in the marking scheme for the different sections. All questions on the test count equally. However, the number of questions in a section can vary somewhat, but it is always approximately 24.
19) Is there any negative marking or penalty for guessing in LSAT—India?
There is no negative marking in LSAT—India and candidates should answer every question, even if they need to make guesses.
20) Is it possible to alter the sequence of answering the sections?
No. Sections are taken in the order that they appear in the test book. Candidates are allowed to work only on the section being timed by the invigilators, at any given point of time. Candidates are not permitted to go back to an earlier section or go forward to a later section, even if they finish before the section time is called.
21) In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time completion, can he go to the previous or next section(s) to complete?
No, in LSAT—India, candidates are not allowed to work on any section other than the one being timed by the invigilators. In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time gets over, he/she is not allowed to attempt any other section — previous or next. The balance time cannot be used on any other section.
22) Is there a special need to prepare for the LSAT—India? If yes, then what are preparation tips for the LSAT—India?
Yes, the candidates should become as familiar as possible with the test pattern, which includes the question types and test timing, by taking advantage of the test preparation material available on this website. Since the LSAT—India measures critical thinking skills, not mastery of any specific body of knowledge, cramming facts, mathematical formulae, and other general knowledge is not necessary and will be a waste of time.
23) What is the difference in preparation for the LSAT—India for 5-year and other law programmes?
For all programmes, candidates should become as familiar as possible with the test pattern, which includes the question types and test timing, by taking advantage of the test preparation material available on this website or Handbook available at a nominal cost. Scores are derived separately for these two groups, and scores for one candidate group cannot be compared to those for the other candidate group since they are based on group performance.
24) Which are the good guide books available in the market in addition to the material available on the website?
There are some guide books available in the market for the LSAT—India. However, the LSAT—India is a test of reason, so one doesn't need to cram facts/data. Understanding of the test pattern and gaining familiarity hold the key for a candidate's success. To gain familiarity with the LSAT—India test pattern, candidates are recommended to go through test pattern and official test prep links.
25) How much preparation is needed to get a good score?
Ideally, a candidate should prepare as long as it takes to feel comfortable with the question types and how they are answered. Candidates can use the free preparation material available on this website to gain familiarity and comfort. To achieve a deeper level of preparation, candidates can purchase The "Official LSAT—India Handbook". This inexpensive guide can help in gaining familiarity with every type of LSAT—India question.
26) What all things can a candidate carry to the test centre?
The candidates should carry their IDs in original, their Admit card and writing material (HB pencils, sharpeners and erasers) for the test. Candidates must not carry any article such as cellphones, calculators, pens, arms, etc., as all these articles have to be left outside the test hall at the candidate's own risk.
27) What if a candidate receives a question paper that is in poor condition?
Once the test paper is distributed and the tamper proof seal on the question paper is broken, a candidate should inform the invigilator immediately if the question paper is defective or in poor condition. The candidate will be given a replacement question paper.
28) What if a candidate believes there is an error in one of the test questions or answer choices?
A candidate should inform the invigilator if he or she believes there is an error in a test question or answer choice. Invigilator will note the candidate's concerns and share with LSAT—India team. Regardless of the concerns, the candidate should mark an answer to the question on the answer sheet. The concerns will be investigated and the candidate will not be penalized if the concern is warranted.
29) Are there any breaks during the test?
There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, candidates can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a candidate chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the candidate must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the candidate must show a valid ID.
30) Will a candidate be allowed to access his/her personal belongings during the unscheduled breaks that he/she takes?
Candidates will not be allowed to access any personal belonging including study material and mobile phone during the breaks they take. Candidates will only be allowed to access food or medicines, if necessary for medical reasons.
31) What is the LSAT—India scoring pattern?
LSAT—India score is the percentile ranking compared to all those who took the test in the candidate group. It is not the percentage of questions answered correctly by the candidate.
32) If a candidate has an LSAT score, can he/she use it to apply to a law school in India?
LSAT scores cannot substitute for LSAT—India scores for admissions to law colleges in India.However, if some law colleges in India decide to accept LSAT scores at a later stage, LSAT—India has no bearing on the admissions process of these law colleges.
33) Can a candidate use LSAT—India 2017 score for admission in later years?
No, LSAT—India 2016 scores can be used for admissions in 2017 only.
34) Are there any sectional cut offs?
No. Pearson VUE sends the percentile rankings of applicants to the associated colleges. These percentile rankings are based on the overall performance of candidates and not the sectional performance.
35) Are different sections given different weightages in score evaluation?
There may be relatively small differences in weightages given to different sections because of a difference in the number of questions they contain, but, all questions count equally. The number of questions in a section can vary somewhat, but it is always approximately 24.
36) What are percentile scores?
This percentile rank indicates candidate’s standing relative to others who took the LSAT—India on that date for the respective Programme. For example, a percentile rank of 79.66 for an undergraduate candidate, would indicate that the candidate performed better than approximately 79.66% of the other undergraduate candidates who sat for the test on that day. The maximum percentile rank is 99.99.
37) When will the results be declared?
LSAT—India test results are declared within 3-4 weeks of the test.
38) How will the candidates receive their results?
Candidates will not be sent any results directly. LSAT—India will publish percentile scores 3-4 weeks from the day of the test and the score card will be available for download from the "Download Score Card" on official website. Candidates will be required to log into their registration application to be able to see their results. No results will be sent through e-mail or post.
39) What should be an ideal score to get through a good college in LSAT—India?
As all law colleges have their respective admissions criteria, LSAT—India does not recommend a score for any specific college. However, the higher the percentile ranking, the better are the chances of getting shortlisted for desired colleges.
40) Can a candidate use the LSAT—India score to apply to law colleges outside India?
No, the LSAT—India is designed for use by law colleges in India and scores cannot be reported to law colleges/schools in countries other than India.
41) How do colleges use LSAT—India scores?
Law Colleges follow their respective admissions criteria for selecting candidates. LSAT—India scores are used by these colleges as per their defined admissions process.
42) How long should I keep records?
Because some state bar associations inquire about the law school admission records of those seeking admission to the bar, you should keep and maintain complete copies of all law school application records throughout the admission cycle and your law school career.