North Island College is a designated testing centre for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The LSAT is a 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 Canada, the United States 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.

All LSAT registration and information is handled through The Law School Admission Council. Students wishing to register can schedule their exam through the council’s website.

Upcoming Test Dates

Date Check in time Test start
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8 am 8:30 am
Monday, October 28, 2019 11:45 am 12:30 pm
Monday, January 13, 2020 11:45 am 12:30 pm
Saturday, February 22, 2020 8 am 8:30 am
Saturday, April 25, 2020 8 am 8:30 am


Comox Valley campus
Discovery Hall, room D222
2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6

Please note that you cannot enter the testing room until you have been checked- in. Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to find parking and locate the exam room.

There may be instances where the exam room location may be changed. Please check posted signs on exam day.

In the event of severe weather conditions, the NIC campus may be closed. Decisions around closures will be made, if possible, before 6 am, please check the NIC homepage for updates.

Test Format

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.

Beginning with the June 2019 LSAT administration, the writing samples will be administered separately from the rest of the LSAT exam. Learn more at LSAT Writing FAQs.

The LSAT format has recently changed and is now delivered on easy-to-use tablets instead of paper booklets. The tablets will be provided to exam candidates at the testing centre. The content, structure of the test sections and questions will remain the same. For more information on this change:

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

Preparing for the Test

Visit LSAT’s website to access ways to prepare for the test:

Test-Taking Limitations

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 more information about the LSAT please visit the following link: