LSAT Preparation

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.

Develop a Strategy

Take many timed full-length practice exams. Practicing your strategies against the clock is crucial. Full practice exams are offered at the CDC most Fridays during the semester (1:30-4:00).

Consider taking a professional preparation course. LSAT preparation courses are offered by a variety of companies (Testmasters, Princeton Review, Kaplan). Kaplan offers free online webinars. Additionally, all Mount Holyoke College students and alumnae are eligible for a 15% discount for any Kaplan course option. Some students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for additional reductions in test prep costs. 

If a preparation course is not for you, choose another resource. Like courses, there are many books available, each with a unique approach.

Plan to take the actual LSAT either before you begin the application process (the February or June before you submit your application) or at the very beginning of the application cycle (September/October).

Regulations for Taking the LSAT

According to LSAC policy, you may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two-year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score or if your score is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy.

For significant extenuating circumstances, an exception to this policy may be made by LSAC. To request an exception, submit a signed, detailed explanation addressing the circumstances that you feel make you eligible to retake the LSAT and specify the date that you wish to test. Email your request as an attachment to or send it by fax to 215-968-1277.

You will be notified by email of approval or denial of your request. Be sure to submit your request well in advance of the regular registration deadline so that you can receive timely notification of our decision. Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will respond within seven working days of its receipt. LSAC's decisions are final.