For the past few years, the makers of the LSAT have produced a test that is remarkably similar to the LSAT. It’s called the LSAT-India, and it is used solely to gain entrance into a set of law schools in India (hence that creative name, LSAT-India).
If you are familiar with the regular LSAT, then the format of LSAT-India probably looks pretty familiar:
● Four scored sections, with roughly 100 total questions
● Two Logical Reasoning sections, one Reading Comp section, and one Logic Games section
In case you’re just getting started with the LSAT, this format is exactly the same as that of the American version (in fact, we suspect that many of the questions used are from tests that were previously administered in the US/Canada but never released to the public).
So are there any differences between the two versions? Yes, there are several major differences:
The LSAT scoring scale is different from the LSAT-India scoring scale. LSAT-India students have their scores reported in percentile form. American test takers score on a scale of 120 to 180 and are also provided with percentile reports.
The LSAT Writing Sample
The LSAT-India is comprised of four scored sections, while the American version includes an unscored writing sample section at the conclusion of the test.
The Experimental Section
The American form of the test has four scored sections, and an additional, unidentified Experimental section. The LSAT-India just has the four scored sections, with no experimental section.
So, what's the bottom line for LSAT takers in each country?
For US/Canada test takers: While you will never have to worry about taking the LSAT-India, there can be one benefit to the existence of this test. They make four free practice tests available on the LSAT-India site, and if you’re running out of real practice tests to take, you can use an LSAT-India Free Practice Test as a substitute for another standard PrepTest® (it is easier than the US LSAT, but it is still from LSAC).
For India test takers: The LSAT-India is very similar to the US LSAT in content, and thus you have a wealth of test preparation options at your disposal. Any book or course that is aimed at the US LSAT will perfectly prepare you for the LSAT-India, and you can use the LSAT PrepTests as practice tests, too. Thus, while there is very little in the way of LSAT-India specific preparation, you still have plenty of options and materials available.
Thinking about taking the LSAT-India? Check out this year's test dates at http://www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia/.
Why did they create an entirely separate test with so many similarities?
Interesting question—we’d love to hear your thoughts. Comments?
Photo: "India-Agra-012" courtesy of McKay Savage