Sample LSAT questions
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for prospective law school candidates, the LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiencies.The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada (common law programs only), the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a growing number of other countries. An applicant cannot take the LSAT more than three times within a two-year period.
Are you preparing for the LSAT? Try these sample LSAT test questions to determine where to focus your study efforts. Answers are provided at the end of all the questions…
- Logical Reasoning
- Analytical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing Sample
Struthers College has built its reputation for academic excellence largely on significant contributions from wealthy alumni who are avid fans of the school’s football team. Although the team has won more national championships over the years than any other team in its division, this year it did not even win the division title, and so Struthers College can expect to see a decline in alumni contributions next year.
The above argument relies on which of the following assumptions about Struthers College?
- The college’s reputation for academic excellence depends on the performance of its football team.
- Contributions from alumni are needed for the college to produce a winning football team.
- Struthers alumni contributions depend to an extent on a winning record by the college’s football team.
- The college’s football team will continue its losing streak next year.
- As a group, the college’s alumni will have at least as much discretionary money to give away next year as this year.
Quantum, a specialty restaurant, is open for business every Monday through Saturday but is closed Sundays. Lunch is the only meal served on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dinner is the only meal served on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant’s floors are polished and its plants are watered only on days that Quantum is open for business, according the following schedule:
- Plants are watered two days each week, but never on consecutive days and never on the same day that floors are polished.
- Floors are polished on Monday and two other days each week, but never on consecutive days and never on the same day that plants are watered.
According to the schedule, which of the following could be true?
- Plants are watered on Wednesday.
- Lunch is served on Friday.
- Floors are polished on Tuesday.
- Dinner is served on Thursday.
- Plants are watered on Monday.
Influenced by Evangelical attitudes, art and literature of the nineteenth century were expected to contribute to moral education. Running afoul of that expectation was the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), which invited the vituperations of reviewers of its day. Being “retrogressive” in a progressive era may be a serious fault, according to Charles Dickens’ rhetoric about the art of John Millais; but being “fleshly” and “aesthetic” in an age of moral earnestness may be worse, as D. G. Rossetti, another PRB ringleader, discovered when poet and critic Robert Buchanan attacked him and his work in “The Fleshly School of Poetry” (1871).
However much the PRB had offended the establishment, most of the brothers had insisted on the importance of the arts as moral guides. Yet Rossetti had expressed doubts about art designed to be morally uplifting: the painter-hero of his short story “Hand and Soul” (1850) tries through art to inspire “moral greatness,” only to witness his frescoes of Peace spattered by blood shed in a vendetta. And, privileging form at the expense of meaningful content and animal passion at the expense of conventional morality, the poems and Rossetti himself, Buchanan wrote, were “never spiritual, never tender, always self-conscious and aesthetic.”
According to the passage, Rossetti’s poems
- were criticized by reviewers as not progressive enough
- violated certain aesthetic ideals through their portrayals of violence
- suggested that Rossetti had rejected the tenets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- came under attack for their emphasis on form at the expense of substance
- advocated certain behavior which ran contrary to the prevailing morality of the time
Writing Sample (Sample only):
The Dawsons, a recently retired couple, would like to move from a large metropolitan area, where they have lived and worked for many years, to a smaller, slower-paced community. They are selling their three-bedroom house and plan to buy a smaller, two-bedroom condominium wherever they relocate. They are considering two possible destinations. Write an argument for either of the following two choices, keeping in mind two guidelines:
- The Dawsons’ income will be substantially lower than when they were working, and so they would like to reduce their living costs.
- The Dawsons would like to spend their retirement enjoying a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.
The city of Haven Hill is a popular winter resort community located about a two-hour drive from the nearest major metropolitan area. Tourists from around the world flock to Haven Hill during the winter months for downhill and cross-country skiing, and residents can enjoy hiking the trails and fishing during the quieter off-season. Haven Hill boasts a vibrant fine-arts scene and hosts a small but growing annual film festival. The average price of a condominium is about the same as the value of the home that the Dawsons are selling. During the winter season, Haven Hill condominiums can be rented to tourists on a short-term basis at a substantial premium above off-season rental rates.
The town of Brookville, about a 45-minute drive to the nearest metropolitan area, is home to Swanson College, a four-year liberal-arts institution with a prestigious music and performing arts program. The college hosts a year-round concert series featuring many well-known professional artists, and it boasts an impressive library and art gallery — both open to the general public free of charge. The city itself is a typical college town, with an extensive network of bike paths and a wide variety of low-priced eateries and retail shops catering to college students and local residents alike. Swanson College now offers a variety of inexpensive non-degree extension courses that are open for enrollment to Brookville residents. The average price of a Brookville condominium is significantly less than the home that the Dawsons are selling.
lsat sample questions
Answer: Option C
The argument boils down to the following:
The college’s football team lost this year.
Therefore, alumni contributions are about to decrease.
But this argument depends on a cause-and-effect link between the football team’s performance and the level of alumni contributions, doesn’t it? In other words, it assumes that the alumni who contribute to the college are motivated to do so (at least to some extent) by their interest in the football team and its success. The correct response is (C).
Answer: Option A
Plants could be watered on Wednesday if floors are polished on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. You can also answer the question by elimination: all answer choices but (A) make assertions that must be false under any schedule. The correct response is (A).
Question 1 Answer: Option D
The final sentence of the passage indicates that Buchanan (a critic of Rossetti) criticized Rossetti’s poems for “privileging form at the expense of meaningful content” — in other words, for stressing form over substance. The correct response is (D).