“In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are offering an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT — called the LSAT-Flex — for test takers who were registered for the in-person April, June, and July 2020 tests that have been canceled. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will make other LSAT-Flex test dates available this summer if the situation warrants. We plan to resume the in-person LSAT once conditions allow, in strict accordance with public health authorities and using all necessary health and safety measures. In the meantime, the remotely proctored LSAT-Flex will provide candidates the opportunity to earn an LSAT score even though in-person testing is not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We recently delivered the first LSAT-Flex administration in the U.S. and Canada, which was generally quite successful. Nearly 10,000 candidates took the LSAT-Flex between May 18 and 22. While some test takers experienced technical difficulties with their computers, internet connection, or the proctoring process, 99% of test takers who started the test successfully completed it. We are using the experience of delivering the May exam to make future LSAT-Flex administrations even better.”
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The LSAT—Law School Admission Test—is an exam required for admission to most law schools. Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), it includes multiple-choice sections and an essay portion.
The LSAT measures a student’s ability to draw inferences, evaluate arguments, and read passages critically, all under time pressure—not exactly a walk in the park! Because these are core skills in the field of law, admissions officers use LSAT scores to assess the likelihood that students will be able to handle the rigors of their programs. If you’re freaking out, remember that our prep is designed to help you hone those skills over time. With the right combination of practice and guidance, you will put your best foot forward.
While the LSAT is the centerpiece of the application to most law schools, admissions officers take more than just your score into account. Scores are evaluated in the context of your undergraduate GPA, Credential Assembly Service (CAS) application, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. At many law schools, though, your LSAT score is weighted more heavily than your undergraduate GPA, making in the most important aspect of your application. Overall, the higher your LSAT score, the higher your chances of admission.
GRE vs. LSAT
Over the last few years, many law schools have opted to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. Before diving headfirst into the LSAT, ask yourself if it’s the right test.
If you’re stronger in math and vocabulary-based questions, consider the GRE.
If you’re better at solving puzzles, you may prefer the LSAT for its infamous—and (gasp!) fun—Logic Games section.
Only select the GRE if all the schools on your list accept it.
It’s worth considering that the GRE is administered more often than the LSAT and scores are sent to students sooner after test dates.
However, it is most likely true that your chosen institution prizes a high LSAT score more than they do a high GRE score. If you’re undecided, contact us. We live to help our students make informed, individualized decisions.
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LSAT in an Age of Testing Uncertainty
Amidst the pandemic, it is no secret that the landscape and availability of standardized testing for prospective college students has changed. Some students haven’t been able to get a seat in a test center near them, or their disability accommodations were unavailable, or their target schools no longer require test scores. While the College Board and the ACT spoke early in the year of shifting to an at-home computer-based test model in response to the current global crisis, such talk fizzled after critics raised concerns about access and fairness. Now, while committed students have found a way to take the tests, others have opted to apply to universities without scores.
However, there has been no seismic shift for prospective law school students. When the pandemic took hold, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) quickly rolled out an at-home computer-based test called the LSAT-Flex and have successfully administered it across the world with minimal complication. Law schools have, by and large, continued to require a test score.
Of course, the LSAC hasn’t always been so innovative and user-friendly. While the ACT and SAT rolled out score choice options years ago, the LSAC still hasn’t. Instead, this year, it finally rolled out an option for students to cancel their test score after seeing it. The catch? You’ll pay $45-75 for this right. And you can only use it once, on your first test. The cynic may ask why the LSAC made this move now. Was it to make a few extra bucks in these uncertain times? To inflate test registrations by pushing a few potential test takers on the fence to take it? Probably. But by motivating the LSAC to finally shift on post-viewing score cancellation, and by pushing it to offer an at-home testing option, the pandemic seems to have forced the LSAT into the future, while it has instead left the SAT and ACT in doubt.
Critics of the LSAT abound, of course, and schools do increasingly accept the GRE as a substitute. But, for the time being, the call to change the law school testing paradigm has not yet reached a fever pitch. While undergraduate colleges around the country are grappling with the future of standardized testing, any student looking to attend a top law school should remain fully prepared to take the LSAT after the pandemic passes -- perhaps from the comfort of their own home.
Can I cancel my LSAT score?
Remember that once an LSAT score is on your record, schools can see it. Unlike the SAT and ACT, there is no score choice with the LSAT.
Historically, the LSAT has only allowed test-takers to cancel their scores and strike it from their records within six days of the exam. This meant any cancellation would have to be made well before score reports were released, making the option suitable only for students who were sure they'd bombed the test.
As of August 2020, though, the LSAT has implemented a new policy, creating a new score preview option ($45/$75 depending when it's ordered) for first-time test takers only who wish to see their LSAT score before deciding whether or not to keep it as part of their LSAC transcript and report it to law schools.
First-time test takers who sign up for Score Preview will receive their scores at the same time other test takers receive theirs (assuming they have completed their LSAT Writing and have no holds on their accounts), and will have six (6) calendar days to decide if they want to cancel or keep their score. If no action is taken, their scores will be added to their LSAC transcript and released to schools at the end of the six-day period.
This is a fantastic development for students who leave their first test feeling uncertain about how they performed.
When should I take the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered seven times per year. Meanwhile, law schools accept students on a rolling basis. The earlier you can submit complete applications, the better. So what’s the best time to take the test?
If you're applying for fall admission, aim to schedule your test dates between April and October of the prior year. Though you have seven opportunities throughout the year to take the LSAT, you should try to avoid the January LSAT registration for your first test, as more than half of students taking the January test will be frantically striving to increase their score before application deadlines in February.
Remember that you should get your testing done as early as possible since law schools review applications on a rolling basis and you'll want to submit your complete application as soon as the application windows open around October 1.
We work with a variety of students in a number of stages in their LSAT prep processes. We’re here tohelp you develop your own timeline, prepare most effectively for the test, and ultimately see you on your way to a JD.
How do I register for the LSAT?
Once you’ve decided when to take the test, navigate to https://www.lsac.org/, create an account if you don’t already have one, and follow the instructions. Registration closes roughly one month before the test date. It behooves you to plan ahead and register early. Your mentor can help if you need guidance.
Throughout the pandemic, the LSAT is offering what it called the LSAT-Flex, an at-home version of the test administered digitally. Rest assured that if law school is in your plans, the pandemic won't ruin them.
What's considered a good LSAT score?
The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180 points. The top percentile of test-takers score 172 or above. The top 10% score 163 or above. Roughly 50% of test-takers score above a 151.
But what do those statistics mean? What’s a good LSAT score?
The answer is simple. A good score is the score you need to get into the law schools you are targeting.
If you need help determining that score, check out the LSAC's handy UGPA/LSAT calculator, and follow up with us to get you there.
How long is the LSAT?
The LSAT takes about three and a half hours to complete. Disregarding the experimental section, it consists of 99-102 multiple-choice questions and is designed to be difficult to finish within the allotted time. Simply put, you need to invest your time wisely. Your mentor will help you play to your strengths, designing a personalized strategy that maximizes the number of correct answers you select within the time limits.
What is on the LSAT?
There are five multiple-choice sections—four scored, one experimental—and a writing portion:
How much does the LSAT really cost?
It costs $190 to take the LSAT and receive one free score report. As a matter of longstanding policy, scores may be canceled and struck from the record if the applicant notifies the LSAC (Law School Admission Council, which administers the test) within six calendar days of the test. Note that choosing this option means never seeing your score. However, as of summer 2020, the LSAC is allowing first-time test takers to pay $45 ahead of the test (or $75 between test sitting and score release) for the right to cancel their scores after score release. This is a big development that will protect test-takers who expected to perform well and were surprised by a score below their expectations. However, this policy only applies to first-time test takers.
In addition, subscription to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is required for application for most law schools. This subscription costs $195 and includes one free score report. Additional score reports cost $45. Waiver forms for the LSAT and CAS fees are available through LSAC and can be downloaded from the LSAC website .