Law Schools are accepting the GRE instead of the LSAT

Taking the GRE General Test for Law School

Considering law school? Use your GRE General Test scores when applying to law school as many are now accepting or are considering accepting GRE General Test scores — saving you time and money from taking another admissions test.

The GRE test is offered throughout the year and in more than 1,000 locations worldwide, making it easily accessible. Take the most widely accepted graduate admissions test and give yourself more opportunities.

Law Schools That Accept GRE Scores

Law schools that have recently announced accepting GRE scores include:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brigham Young University Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School (joint degree)
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Washington University School of Law

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10 Important Changes to the SAT in 2016

A new version of the SAT was introduced in spring 2016, the first time the test has changed since 2005. There are 10 important changes that have been made to the SAT, per the official SAT website ( These changes will affect all high school students starting with the class of 2017.

1. On the current SAT, the scoring scale is 2400. On the new SAT, the scoring scale will be 1600, with a separate score for the essay.

2. On the current SAT, the essay is required. On the new SAT, the essay will be optional.

3. On the current SAT, points are deducted for incorrect answers. On the new SAT, no points will be deducted for incorrect answers.

4. On the current SAT, reading and writing sections do not require students to cite evidence to support their answers. On the new SAT, students will support answers with evidence, often requiring them to cite a specific part of a passage to support their answer.

5. On the current SAT, vocabulary is focused on words that are sometimes obscure and not widely used in college or career. On the new SAT, the exam will focus on words such as synthesis or empirical whose specific meaning depends on the context.
6. On the current SAT, reading and writing do not require data analysis. On the new SAT, students will be asked to analyze text and data in real-world contexts.

7. On the current SAT, source documents are drawn from texts that are not widely recognized or publicly available. On the new SAT, students will read from either a founding document such as the Declaration of independence or from the conversation the document inspires.

8. On the current SAT, the math section samples content from a wide range of high school-level math topics. On the new SAT, the math section will draw from fewer topics but ones that most contribute to student readiness for college and career.

9. On the current SAT, calculators are permitted for the full math section. On the new SAT, a no-calculator section will allow greater assessment of students’ understanding.

10. On the current SAT, the SAT is available on paper only. On the new SAT, the SAT will be available in paper and digital forms.

EDUTECH is preparing a new prep course for the revised SAT. Our comprehensive course will be available in December 2015 in preparation for the new SAT which starts in the spring of 2016.

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The 48 Most Important words on the LSAT

Here is a list of 28 words which appear most frequently in LSAT question stems and answer choices.

It is followed by a list of the 20 words that are the most important words on the LSAT.

Spotting these words and understanding their meaning and impact is often the difference between a correct answer and an incorrect answer.

Ambiguous – Having two or more possible meanings. Causing uncertainty.

Analogy – Comparing two things that are similar or alike in some respects.

Argument – Coherent series of statements leading to a conclusion.

Assumption – Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof.

Causation/Causal – The fact that something brings about an effect.

Conclusion – A decision based on facts.

Condition – Something that is necessary to cause a result.

Correlation – Two events that are associated or occur at the same time.

Effect – Direct result or change.

Equivocation – Use of misleading language. Incorrect logical conclusion based on ambiguity.

Evidence – Support or proof for a conclusion (See: Premise)

Generalization – Making specific facts into a universal principle, statement, or idea.

Hypothesis – An assertion that needs to be proved. A theory or possible conclusion.

Inference – A conclusion based on evidence. A deduction.

Justification – Good reason. Explanation. Validation.

Logic – The theory of distinguishing good from bad reasoning.

Necessary – Essential. Indispensable. Logically true. (Contrast: Sufficient)

Paradox – Seemingly contradictory or inconsistent statements that are or may be true.

Posit – To put forward as a possible explanation. To hypothesize.

Premise – Evidence. A proposition or statement from which an argument is based or a conclusion is drawn.

Presume – Same as assume. Take for granted. Assume to be true without proof.

Presuppose – Assume in advance. Take for granted.

Principle – A basic truth or standard. (See: Generalization)

Proposition – A principle.

Putative – Generally regarded as. Supposed. Reputed.

Spurious – Not valid. A fallacy. False.

Sufficient – Enough. Adequate. As much as is needed. (Contrast: Necessary)

Warrant – Authorization (used as: to presume without warrant)


The following 20 words are the most important words in all three test areas of the LSAT. Be sure that you always see them and consider their importance.

Must    All    Always    Only

Can    Likely    Most    Sometimes

Some    Could    Except    Should

Often    Many    Cannot    None

Never    Would    Ought    Frequently

Help yourself on test day by being sure you know the exact meaning of these 48 words.

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How long should your LSAT Preparation Last?

How long should you spend preparing for the LSAT?
The LSAT is designed so students can’t prepare for it. That is, it will not test your knowledge, it will test your ability to analyze and comprehend what you read in the test. As a result, people spend far less time preparing for the LSAT than other advanced degree exams (e.g. GMAT or MCAT).
To prepare for the LSAT, I suggest you practice by taking old LSAT exams (some are posted for free on the LSAT website and others can be purchased as part of LSAT preparation books) once a week for 10-12 weeks before the exam.
This time period will help you become familiar with the LSAT’s format. Also, you should be sure you know how to write out the puzzles/games presented in the LSAT. If you need help with this, an LSAT prep book can be useful.
Then start your preparation course 6-8 weeks before test day, and really ramp it up the last 3 weeks. Believe it or not, this IS enough time to master the test and score well.

How long did you spend studying and practicing for the LSAT? If you have any advice, please add it here for other students.

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What is the ACT?

The ACT Test is an exam designed to measure your achievement in the major academic areas typically covered in your high school classes. There are four multiple-choice tests—English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science—and an optional Writing Test.
Keep in mind that the ACT isn’t an IQ test—it doesn’t measure your basic intelligence—it is an achievement test designed, with the help of classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, college faculty, and curriculum guides for schools all over the country, to be one of several effective means of evaluating your readiness for college coursework.
The tests that make up the ACT consist of questions that measure your skills and knowledge. However, you are not required to memorize facts or vocabulary to do well on the ACT. Of course, all those terms, formulas, and dates that you learned in your years of school will be helpful when you take the ACT, but last-minute cramming—like memorizing lists of vocabulary words or the entire periodic table of elements—probably won’t improve your performance on the test.
What can you do to improve your performance? On the ACT, as with any other exam, it’s good to find out ahead of time what the test is like—what you’ll be expected to know and do—and to think about how you can use your unique abilities to your best advantage.
The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).
The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States. The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.
I. English Test Description
The English test is a 75-question, 45-minute test, covering:
• punctuation
• grammar and usage
• sentence structure Rhetorical Skills
• strategy
• organization
• style
Spelling, vocabulary, and rote recall of rules of grammar aren’t tested.
The test consists of five prose passages, each one accompanied by multiple-choice test questions. Different passage types are included to provide variety.
Some questions refer to underlined portions of the passage and offer several alternatives to the underlined portion. You must decide which choice is most appropriate in the context of the passage.
Some questions ask about an underlined portion, a section of the passage, or the passage as a whole. You must decide which choice best answers the question posed.
Many questions include “NO CHANGE” to the underlined portion or the passage as one of the choices.
The questions are numbered consecutively. Each question number corresponds to an underlined portion in the passage or to a box located in the passage.

II. Mathematics Test Description
The ACT Mathematics Test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th grade.
The test presents multiple-choice questions that require you to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics, including pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.
You need knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills to answer the problems, but you aren’t required to know complex formulas and perform extensive computation. You may use a calculator on the Mathematics Test. If you use a prohibited calculator, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. You are not required to use a calculator. All the problems can be solved without a calculator.

III. Reading Test Description
The Reading Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. You’re asked to read four passages and answer questions that show your understanding of:
• what is directly stated
• statements with implied meanings
Specifically, questions will ask you to use referring and reasoning skills to:
• determine main ideas
• locate and interpret significant details
• understand sequences of events
• make comparisons
• comprehend cause-effect relationships
• determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements
• draw generalizations
• analyze the author’s or narrator’s voice and method
The test comprises four prose passages that are representative of the level and kind of reading required in first-year college courses; passages on topics in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities are included. The four types of reading selections are: social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and humanities. The Social Studies/Sciences subscore is based on the questions on the social studies and natural sciences passages, and the Arts/Literature subscore is based on the questions on the prose fiction and humanities passages.
Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice test questions. These questions do not test the rote recall of facts from outside the passage, isolated vocabulary items, or rules of formal logic. Instead, the test focuses on the complementary and supportive skills that readers must use in studying written materials across a range of subject areas.

IV. Science Test Description
The Science Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the skills required in the natural sciences: interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving. The test presents seven sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions.
You are not permitted to use a calculator on the Science Test.
The test assumes that students are in the process of taking the core science course of study (three years or more) that will prepare them for college-level work and have completed a course in Earth science and/or physical science and a course in biology.
The content of the Science Test includes biology, chemistry, physics, and the Earth/space sciences (for example, geology, astronomy, and meteorology). Advanced knowledge in these subjects is not required, but background knowledge acquired in general, introductory science courses is needed to answer some of the questions. The test emphasizes scientific reasoning skills over recall of scientific content, skill in mathematics, or reading ability.
The scientific information is conveyed in one of three different formats:
• Data Representation (38%). This format presents graphic and tabular material similar to that found in science journals and texts. The questions associated with this format measure skills such as graph reading, interpretation of scatterplots, and interpretation of information presented in tables, diagrams, and figures.
• Research Summaries (45%). This format provides descriptions of one or more related experiments. The questions focus on the design of experiments and the interpretation of experimental results.
• Conflicting Viewpoints (17%). This format presents expressions of several hypotheses or views that, being based on differing premises or on incomplete data, are inconsistent with one another. The questions focus on the understanding, analysis, and comparison of alternative viewpoints or hypotheses.
The questions require you to:
• recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided information
• examine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed
• generalize from given information and draw conclusions, gain new information, or make predictions

V. Writing Test Description – OPTIONAL
The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that measures your writing skills—specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. The test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue. You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue.
• Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
• Do some planning before writing the essay; you will be instructed to do your prewriting in your Writing Test booklet. You can refer to these notes as you write the essay on the lined pages in your answer folder.
• Do not skip lines and do not write in the margins. Write your essay legibly, in English, with a No. 2 pencil. Do not use ink, a mechanical pencil, or correction fluid.
o Carefully consider the prompt and make sure you understand the issue—reread it if you aren’t sure.
o Decide what perspective you want to take on the issue.
o Then jot down your ideas: this might simply be a list of reasons and examples that you will use to explain your point of view on the issue.
o Write down what you think others might say in opposition to your point of view and think about how you would refute their arguments.
o Think of how best to organize your essay.
• At the beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand the issue. Explain your point of view in a clear and logical way.
• Stay focused on the topic.
• Discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications or complications of the issue.
• Address what others might say to refute your point of view and present a counterargument.
• Use specific examples.
• Vary the structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
• Make logical relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
• End with a strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
• If possible, before time is called, recheck your work:
o Correct any mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
o If you find any words that are hard to read, recopy them so your readers can read them easily.
o Make any corrections and revisions neatly, between the lines, not in the margins).
RECAP – Description of the ACT
The ACT Test consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and an optional Writing Test.
Test Content
75 questions 45 minutes Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
60 questions 60 minutes Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
40 questions 35 minutes Measures reading comprehension.
40 questions 35 minutes Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test
1 prompt 30 minutes Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

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