Vancouver Island University Nanaimo (VIU) is delighted to be a Law School Admission Testing Centre.
NOTE: All registration and information regarding the LSAT is handled through The Law School Admission Council
- The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world.
- The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries.
- 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.
Upcoming Test Dates at VIU Nanaimo
|July 15, 2019 (Monday)||Check in starts at 11:45 AM - Test starts at 12:30 PM|
Vancouver Island University (VIU)
900 Fifth Street,
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Do not enter the testing room until you have been checked-in
Map: Nanaimo Campus Map
Note: There may be times when the testing room/building may be changed. Please check posted signs on test day.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to park and locate the testing centre.
In the event of severe weather conditions, the VIU campus may be closed.
Decisions around closures will be made, if possible, before 6 AM.
Please check the VIU website, local radio stations or call the main switchboard at 250 753 3245 for updates.
Please note, students are responsible for on-campus parking. We (VIU) have general parking lots (you can purchase tickets from the kiosk) where you can purchase up to 6 hours of parking time; however, the metered spaces only allow for a maximum 2 hours
The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.
What the Test Measures
The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school:
- the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight;
- the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it;
- the ability to think critically;
- the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others
- Reading Comprehension Questions—These questions measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school. The Reading Comprehension section contains four sets of reading questions, each consisting of a selection of reading material, followed by five to eight questions that test reading and reasoning abilities.
- Analytical Reasoning Questions—These questions measure the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure. You are asked to reason deductively from a set of statements and rules or principles that describe relationships among persons, things, or events. Analytical Reasoning questions reflect the kinds of complex analyses that a law student performs in the course of legal problem solving.
- Logical Reasoning Questions—These questions assess the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language. Each Logical Reasoning question requires the test taker to read and comprehend a short passage, then answer a question about it. The questions are designed to assess a wide range of skills involved in thinking critically, with an emphasis on skills that are central to legal reasoning. These skills include drawing well-supported conclusions, reasoning by analogy, determining how additional evidence affects an argument, applying principles or rules, and identifying argument flaws.
Preparing for the Test:
Khan Academy offers a free, personalized LSAT prep option to help test takers prep for their test.
Repeating the Test:
Test takers frequently wonder whether they can improve their LSAT score by taking the test a second time. If you believe that your test score does not reflect your true ability—for example, if some circumstance such as illness prevented you from performing as well as you might have expected—you should consider taking the test again. Data show that scores for repeat test takers often rise slightly.
However, if your score is a fairly accurate indicator of your ability, it is unlikely that taking the test again will result in a substantially different score. You should also be aware that there is a chance your score will drop. Law schools must have access to your complete test record, not just your highest score; therefore, LSAC will not honor requests for partial score reports.
Unusually large score differences are routinely reviewed by LSAC. This could involve handwriting analysis of the writing sample and other documents, a comparison of thumbprints and/or photographs, or comparison of a test taker's answers to the answers of other test takers seated nearby in the testing room. The same comparisons may be performed in cases of alleged misconduct or irregularity.
Law schools may compare your original test score to your scores on subsequent tests. You should notify law schools of any facts relevant to the interpretation of your test results, such as illness or extenuating circumstances. In the absence of specific circumstances that may have undermined one or more scores on your test record, schools are advised that the average score is probably the best estimate of ability—especially if the tests were taken over a short period of time.
NOTE: LSAC does not automatically inform law schools of a candidate's registration for a retest. It is your responsibility to inform law schools directly about your registration for additional tests.
Limitations on Test Taking:
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, exceptions to this policy may be made by LSAC. To request an exception, submit a signed, detailed explanation—along with verification, if possible—addressing the circumstances that you feel make you eligible to retake the LSAT and specify the date that you wish to test.
E-mail your request as an attachment to LSACinfo@LSAC.org or send it by fax to 215.968.1277.
You will be notified by e-mail 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.