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FAQs — About the test

1. What is the Law School Admission Test-India (LSAT—IndiaTM)?

The LSAT—IndiaTM 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—IndiaTM is administered in 23 cities across India. The test is administered in a paper and pencil format.

2. What is the duration of the test?

The total duration of the test is 2 hours and 20 minutes without any break.

3. What is the description of the test?

The LSAT—IndiaTM is a paper-and-pencil test with four sections. The sections on the LSAT—IndiaTM may appear in any order, but the test always contains two sections of logical reasoning questions; one section of analytical reasoning questions; and one section of reading comprehension questions. The amount of time allotted for each section is 35 minutes. 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.

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

4. When will the LSAT—IndiaTM be administered?

The LSAT—IndiaTM will be administered on Sunday, 26th May 2019

5.Where will the test be administered?

The locations for the LSAT—IndiaTM are:

  • North: Chandigarh, Delhi(NCR), Jaipur, Lucknow, Dehradun, Varanasi and Jammu
  • South: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Vijayawada
  • West: Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai, Nagpur, Indore
  • East: Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi, Guwahati, Patna

6. Which law schools accept the LSAT—IndiaTM scores?

Please click here to see the list of the associate law colleges using the LSAT—IndiaTM scores in their admissions process.

7. How is the LSAT—IndiaTM different from the LSAT®?

The LSAT—IndiaTM is an admissions test customised for Indian law schools - brought by The Law School Admission Council, USA and Pearson VUE. The LSAT—IndiaTM includes the same question types as the LSAT, but is shorter, and scores are reported on a different scale. The LSAT—IndiaTM 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—IndiaTM scores are used only within India.

8. Can a candidate use the LSAT—IndiaTM score to apply to law colleges outside India?

No, the LSAT—IndiaTM is designed for use by law colleges in India and scores cannot be reported to law colleges/schools in countries other than India.

9. 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—IndiaTM 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—IndiaTM has no bearing on the admissions process of these law colleges.

10. Can a candidate use LSAT—IndiaTM 2019 score for admissions in later years?

No, LSAT—IndiaTM 2019 scores can be used for admissions in 2019 only.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. What is the LSAT—IndiaTM scoring pattern?

LSAT—IndiaTM 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. Candidates may visit the Test Pattern and Scoring for details.

15. Is there any negative marking or penalty for guessing in LSAT—IndiaTM?

There is no negative marking in LSAT—IndiaTM and candidates should answer every question, even if they need to make guesses.

16. 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.

17. 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—IndiaTM, 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 or S(he) is not allowed to attempt any other section — previous or next. The balance time cannot be used on any other section.

18. What are the important dates for LSAT—IndiaTM 2019?

LSAT—IndiaTM 2019 important dates are given below:

Start Date

End Date

Registration Window Start

16 October 2018

Registration Window Ends

15 May 2019

Admit Card Release

18 May 2019 - 25 May 2019

LSAT—IndiaTM  2019, Test Date

26 May 2019

Announcement of Results

8 June 2019

19. What are percentile scores?

This percentile scores / rank indicates candidate’s standing relative to others who took the LSAT—IndiaTM 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.

20. When will the results be declared?

LSAT—IndiaTM test results are declared within 3-4 weeks of the test. For dates, please see the "Important Dates" section.

21. How will the candidates receive their results?

Candidates will not be sent any results directly. LSAT—IndiaTM 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" link on www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia. Candidates will be required to log into their registration application to be able to see their results. No results will be sent through email or post.

FAQs — About the Registration Process

 

1. How can a candidate register for the LSAT—IndiaTM?

Registration for the LSAT—IndiaTM is online and can be done by submitting the form on the LSAT—IndiaTM website. Payment for the registration by test takers in India can be done online only before 15 May 2019.

2. Are candidates required to fill separate forms for LSAT—IndiaTM 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.

3. What is the fee for LSAT—IndiaTM and what are the modes of payment?

Candidates can register for LSAT—IndiaTM by paying INR. 3800. Candidates can avail of the combo offer of buying the "Official LSAT—IndiaTM Handbook" along with registration by making a payment of INR. 4250 or buy the handbook separately by making a payment of INR 600.

Payment modes are as follows:

  • Candidates can register for LSAT—IndiaTM by paying the applicable fee, payable by credit card/debit card, NEFT, Wallets and other online payment modes. No offline method (Demand Draft or Purchase order) is available for making the fee payment.
  • Payment through credit card/debit card: Fee will be accepted only through Visa and Mastercard credit cards, issued in India.

4. 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 email, sent to the email address provided by them during LSAT—IndiaTM registration.

5. 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—IndiaTM 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.

6. Can a candidate get a test registration fee refund?

No refund of registration fee will be made by Pearson VUE once the registration form is satisfactorily accepted. For more details please refer to the Refund of Registration Fee section of the Terms and Conditions.

7. 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.

8. Is there any support for candidates with disability?

Pearson VUE is fully committed to comply with the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 for candidates with documented proof of impairment(s).

Candidates who wish to request for special assistance must fill the details in the online application while registeringand also scan and upload their Disability Certificate within the application. Once a form is submitted, no request and/or certificate will be accepted and the candidate may have to test without any assistance in spite of their special status.

Candidates requiring scribe/reader will be required to submit the scribe details on a prescribed format. Candidates will need to arrange scribe/reader on their own as per the laid guidelines.

Each application will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis. Pearson VUE will contact the candidates to ensure that proper assistance is provided to them on the day of the test. In case it later transpires that the candidate did not fulfill any of the laid-down eligibility criteria or suppressed material facts, the candidature of the applicant will stand cancelled, irrespective of the result of the written test.

9. How can a candidate get help during registration?

Candidates can get help by raising a query within their registration application dashboard by clicking on “Any Queries? Ask us?” link and choosing the appropriate heading for their query. The same will be responded to within 4 hours. Candidate can also track the status of each query from within their application form.

10. What is the last date to register?

Candidates can register till 15 May 2019 (IST 11:59 P.M.) through online mode only.

11. Are there eligibility requirements to sit for the LSAT—IndiaTM?

All registrants who complete the test registration, pay the test fee in a timely way, and follow published test rules may sit for the LSAT—IndiaTM. It is the candidate's responsibility to understand the eligibility requirements of the associated law colleges to which one is applying before deciding whether to register for the LSAT—IndiaTM. If one registers for the test and then determines that one is ineligible for admission to the intended law school, no test-fee refund will be available. For the eligibility requirements of the associated law colleges, candidates are requested to visit the associated law colleges' webpages.

12. Can candidates have different names on the registration application and the ID shown at the testing center?

Candidates must enter their names 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.

13. 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.

14. What are the specifications of the photograph to be uploaded on the registration application?

Candidates need to upload their recent photographs while filling out the registration application. Admit cards will 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:

  • Photographs should be in JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF format and size should not exceed 2 MB.
  • Eyes should be open and clearly visible.
  • Photo should have either white or light coloured background.
  • 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.

Following photos are not acceptable and liable to be rejected:

  • Facebook type of photos and/or photos not having the above mentioned specifications
  • Photos where candidate is wearing cap or goggles
  • Photos with dark background
  • Side Profile photographs will not be accepted

15. When and how will a candidate come to know of the Test Centre details for their test?

Within a week after the closure of registration window, all the candidates whose fees has been duly approved by LSAT—IndiaTM, will be able to download their admit card from the "Download Admit Card" link on www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia by logging into their registration application. The admit card will contain the Test Centre details, reporting time for the exam and testing policies. The candidates will be required to download this admit card and bring the same to the testing centre on the day of the test.

16. What is the Admit card? How can candidates download it?

The Admit card is a document containing candidate registration details and photograph. Candidates will be able to download their Admit card from their registration application dashboard once the admit card is made live. It is mandatory to carry the Admit card along with required IDs, on the day of the LSAT—IndiaTM test.

FAQs — PREPARING FOR LSAT—IndiaTM

 

1. Is there a special need to prepare for the LSAT—IndiaTM? If yes, then what are preparation tips for the LSAT—IndiaTM?

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—IndiaTM measures critical thinking skills, 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.

2. What is the difference in preparation for the LSAT—IndiaTM for 5-year and 1/2/3 year 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.

3.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—IndiaTM. However, the LSAT—IndiaTM 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—IndiaTM test pattern, candidates are recommended to go through test pattern and official test prep links.

4. How much preparation is needed to get a good score?

Ideally, the 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"Official LSAT—India TM Handbook". This inexpensive guide can help in gaining familiarity with every type of LSAT—IndiaTM question.

FAQs — DAY OF THE TEST

 

1. What IDs/documents are required at the test centre on the day of the test?

Candidates should carry the following documents with them on the day of the test:

  • Admit Card: Candidates can download their Admit Card from this site after authentication of their payment. Click here to view a sample of the Admit card.
  • HB pencils, sharpeners and erasers.
  • One valid (original and non-expired) photo identification proof from the following list:
    1. UIDAI / Aadhar Card (Colored or black/white E-Aadhar Print would be acceptable but Aadhar registration slip is NOT acceptable.)
    2. Passport
    3. Election Card / Voter ID
    4. PAN Card
    5. Driver’s License
    6. SC/ ST Certificate with photograph
    7. Military ID  / Government issued Armed Forces Dependent ID  containing photograph of the test-taker
    8. Employee ID containing photograph and signature.
  • If a registrant of LSAT—IndiaTM does not have any of the above IDs, she/he will be admitted upon presentation of ANY TWO of the following, in original:
    1. Tenth pass certificate/mark sheet that has date of birth on it.
    2. Photo Identity (Issued by School, College or University)
    3. Original admit card issued by University/Board for standard twelfth (XII) examination with affixed photograph.
  • 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 last names do not match on the ID 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 the following are Not Acceptable as IDs on the day of the test:
    1. Photocopies (attested or otherwise)
    2. Notarised copies
    3. Learner’s driving license

2. What are the LSAT—IndiaTM test timings?

LSAT—India is generally conducted in the first half of the day. Candidates will be informed of the exact reporting time to test center and the exam start time through the admit card. Candidates should reach the test centre latest by the reporting time on the date of the examination. Candidates reporting at the test centre after reporting time will not be admitted. The test administrator is not authorized to admit candidates arriving later than the exam start time. NO REQUESTS FOR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ENTERTAINED IN THIS REGARD. Tests will be conducted in a comfortable environment. Any Candidate reporting after the gates-closing time will not be allowed entry into the Test Centre under any circumstance.

3. 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 forfeit the fee.

4. 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.

5. Should the name of the candidate match with the name appearing on the identification documents?

Candidates are required to enter their name in the registration application as per their ID that they will present at the test centre. The candidate’s name needs to match the ID documents the candidate is carrying for verification to the test centre. Candidates whose first and the last names on the ID do not match with the first and the last names entered in the registration formwill not be admitted into the testing centre and shall not be offered a test-fee refund.

*Note: In case of candidate name change, the candidate must show relevant legal documentation as proof of name change.

6. 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.

7. What if a candidate believes there is an error in one of the test questions or answer choices?

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—IndiaTM 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

FAQs — MORE INFORMATION

 

1. Where can a candidate find more information about LSAC?

For more information on LSAC, candidates may visit the LSAC website at www.lsac.org.

2. How do colleges use LSAT—IndiaTM scores?

Law Colleges follow their respective admissions criteria for selecting candidates. LSAT—IndiaTM scores are used by these colleges as per their defined admissions process.

3. What should be an ideal score to get through a good college in LSAT—IndiaTM?

As all law colleges have their respective admissions criteria, LSAT—IndiaTM 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.

4. Are there any coaching institutes where LSAT—IndiaTM coaching is available?

The LSAT—IndiaTM is a test of reason, and a candidate should understand the test pattern and gain familiarity. Official LSAT—IndiaTM study material is available on this site. We currently don't authorise any coaching centres in India.

5. What is the procedure to order LSAT—IndiaTM handbook and by when can candidates receive it.

The candidate has the option to apply for LSAT—IndiaTM handbook while paying the registration fees. The registration fees is INR. 3800 and an additional amount of INR. 450 needs to be paid if the candidate opts for the handbook. In case, candidate orders the handbook separately, they are required to pay INR 600. Candidate will also be requested to confirm the address on which the handbook must be dispatched. Once the payment is received for handbook, LSAT—IndiaTM helpdesk will arrange to dispatch the handbook at the confirmed address. The expected time of delivery from the date of receipt of payment is around 10-15 days. The request for handbook needs to be no later than 30th April, 2019. In case, there is a change of address, the candidate needs to immediately inform LSAT—IndiaTM helpdesk by sending an email to lsatindia@pearson.com. Pearson VUE will take adequate measures to send the handbook safely through courier (speed post wherever courier services are not available), but will not be responsible for damaged or undelivered handbooks.

 

 

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