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LSAT Online Prep Course


Do you need to prep for the LSAT Test but you don't live in Columbia? Or Your schedule does not allow you to take a class in a classroom setting. No matter where you are in the country, this LSAT Online Preparation course is for you! With this course, you will have the opportunity to take the course from anywhere, you only need access to a computer. Designed for those students who need to take a LSAT Preparation course but prefer a non-classroom setting. 

Gain admission into the law school of your choice with LSAT Test Preparation by mastering the skills needed to ace the LSAT and take the test with the confidence of knowing that you prepared by leading LSAT experts.

This LSAT Online Preparation course has the same great course and material as University of South Carolina's LSAT Course but offered in an easy online format. This comprehensive 30 hour preparation course is taught online by our experienced and expert instructors. 

You will practice with questions and materials from actual LSAT exams.  You will receive with the course, the official LSAT textbook, study guides, official LSAT prep tests which include extra practice tests, and expert instruction. 

We'll provide to you:

  • Course Textbook: "The Next 10 Actual Official LSAT Prep Guide"*
  • Official LSAT Prep Tests*
  • Exam prep workbook*
  • Expert Instruction 

*Students will receive materials before first class starts.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PD16-2149: LSAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday and Thursday: 08/25/16 - 09/18/16
 Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 10
 Notes: No class on 9/4. Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed to you around 8/18/16.


 Course: PD16-2148: LSAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday and Thursday: 07/07/16 - 08/16/16
 Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 12
 Notes: Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed approx. one week before the course starts.


 Course: PD16-2150: LSAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesday and Thursday: 10/20/16 - 11/29/16
 Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 10
 Notes: No class 11/8 and 11/24. Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed around 10/13/16.

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LSAT Course Plan

Session 1: Introduction to the LSAT, Principles of Argumentation, Find Conclusion items, Analytical Reasoning overview, Ordering games
Session 2:

Ordering games, Statement Role items, Argument Evaluation, Explain/Resolve items

Session 3:

Ordering games, Grouping games, Weakener/Strengthener items

Session 4: Grouping games, Flaw items
Session 5: Grouping games, Assumption items, Analyzing Reading passages, Global Reading Comp items
Session 6: Grouping games, Formal Logic Items, Local Reading Comp items
Session 7: Grouping games, Inference items, Reading Comp review
Session 8: Combination games, Matching Structure/Flaw items
Session 9: Combination games, Strategy/Point at issue items, Reading Comp review
Session 10: Analytical Reasoning review, Principle items, Reading Comp review


2015 LSAT Exam Dates

  • Saturday, October 3, 2015
  • Monday, December 5, 2015


Register for the exam at LSAT Website


Frequent questions about the LSAT


What is the LSAT?

The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools.  The test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  The LSAT 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 4 times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.  Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall.

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions.  A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. (Taken from the LSAC website:


When is the LSAT Given? What are the Test Dates

The LSAT is administered 4 times per year as a paper based test.  The October, December, and February LSAT dates are on Saturdays.  The June exam is administered on Monday. 


Who should take the LSAT?

The LSAT is required by all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools, most Canadian schools. Many other law schools also require or accept the LSAT.


What is tested on the LSAT?

  • Reading Comprehension Questions – Measure your ability to read and understand complex materials.
  • Analytical Reasoning Questions – Measure your ability to structure relationships and draw logical conclusions about relationships.
  • Logical Reasoning- Assess your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments after reading a short passage.
  • Writing Sample (not scored)


How is the LSAT scored?

  • Scores range from 120 to 180
  • Your score on the LSAT is based on the number of questions you answer correctly within the 4 scored sections of the exam.  You are not penalized for incorrect answers.
  • LSAC takes your raw score and translates it to a score within the standard scale range to account for variance in difficulty on test forms.
  • Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. LSAC uses the other section to test new questions and / or question formats.  You will not know which section is not being scored.
  • The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but is forwarded to the law schools to which you are applying. 


What is a good score?

It depends.  The 50th percentile for everyone that takes the test is approximately 150.  However, a good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.  Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what a good score will be for you.


How much does it cost to take the LSAT?

2014 Fees (To – December 2014)

  • LSAT Registration         $170
  • Cancellation                 Partial refund of test fee, minus $51 processing fee.

*Current as of 01/2014. These figures change frequently. Check LSAT website. 


Can I retake the LSAT?

You can take the LSAT up to 3 times in a 2 year period.  However, all of your scores will be reported to the schools to which you request reporting.  In the event that you take the test multiple times, LSAT advises that schools take the average of your test scores as an indicator of your true ability.  Many schools now only consider the higher score, but it is important to know the policy of the schools to which you apply and perform as well as possible on the exam when you take it.   


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Can I take a practice test?

Yes. Practice tests are available free from LSAC.  A previous LSAT exam is available in PDF format the LSAT website.


How do I register for the LSAT?

Register online at   


I may need special accommodations for the test. How do I arrange to take the test?

LSAC makes arrangements for test takers than need special accommodations.  However, you must submit an Accommodations Request Packet. The website contains information about requesting accommodations and accommodations at ABA-approved law schools.

You must register for the LSAT before submitting your request for accommodation


Online Courses – Frequently Asked Questions


How do these courses compare to the live face-to-face classes offered on campus?

The Live online classes are very similar to the campus classes. We use the same curriculum and materials, and the same proven strategies to help you succeed on the exam.  You are able to interact with your instructor and participate in the class through the use of online technologies.


How does “Live-Online” differ from other online classes?

Most online classes are asynchronous, which means they are pre-recorded or prepared in advance. Students work through the classes at their own pace or are provided with a new module to review on their own each week. The Live-online classes have a live instructor who is there to teach the class and answer questions in real-time; just like in a traditional classroom setting.


How are the classes delivered?

The Live-online Test Prep class uses software called Adobe Connect. This software allows you to view and hear the instructor, share documents, and interact with the instructor and other students.  While the instructor uses a microphone to broadcast voice over internet protocol (VOIP) students do not need a microphone or camera to participate. Students simply type questions and answers into chat and quiz features built into the modules.


What are the software and system requirements?

All you need to participate in the Live-online test prep class is access to high speed internet on a computer with speakers (or headphones) and Adobe Flash Player version 10.01 or higher, which can be downloaded for free. 


How will I be able to participate in the class? 

The Live-online test prep class allows you the opportunity to interact with the instructors and other students in a variety of ways.  You will be able to ask questions and make comments through the course’s chat features.  In addition, the course will utilize quiz features that allow you to answer questions. You will also have access to your instructor by phone and email, just as you would in our traditional classroom programs.


Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes. The sessions will be recorded and will be available to you to stream.  The streaming video will be available to you shortly after the scheduled meeting date and will remain available for 30 days after the session. 


Do I need to order any textbooks or workbooks?

The Live-online test prep class includes the same textbooks and workbooks as our traditional classroom programs.  A copy of the textbook and workbook will be available for you to pick up at the University’s Continuing Education office or will be mailed to you approximately one week prior to the class begins. 


Related Links: 

LSAT: This paper based test is offered four times during the year. For more information about the test and to register, visit their website

University of South Carolina Pre-Professional Advising: Pre-Professional Advising Office helps and guides students through the application process for law and medical schools. 

University of South Carolina Admissions Office: To apply to USC, admisson process, deadlines, and to contact an admissions counselor. 

University of South Carolina School of Law: Learn about the School of Law, admission requirements, schedule a visit, and to contact a counselor. 

University of South Carolina Visitor's Center: Schedule a campus tour!  

University of South Carolina Financial Aid & Awards: To learn about financial aid or an award and to apply. 

University of South Carolina Graduate School: View programs offered, an application, and to contact a counselor.

University of South Carolina Career Center: Located on the 6th floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. Career Center offers services with finding hands-on experience, locating full and part-time employment opportunities, career fairs, job shadowing, mock interviewings, counseling, career assessments, and workshops. 


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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