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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Take the Test

Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is often advised.

If you want to ensure you have an opportunity to repeat the test, register for either the June or September/October administration. This way, if you are unsatisfied with your initial score, you will have time to retake the test in December, before law school application deadlines.

LSAC maintains a list of published test centers, which includes various undergraduate schools, law schools, military bases, embassies, and educational centers throughout the world. The LSAT is not administered at every test center on all testing dates, and there is limited center availability for each test administration. If you register online, you can check test center availability in real time.

If you are located over 100 miles (160 km) from and are unable to travel to an open, published test center, you may request that LSAC establish a nonpublished test center.

Test centers are open to every registered candidate regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin.

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, LSAC may grant exceptions to this policy. 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 specifying the date that you wish to test. Scan and email your request as an attachment to LSACinfo@LSAC.org or send it by fax to 215.968.1277.

You will be notified by email 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 receiving your request. LSAC's decisions are final.

If you served as a test center staff member for the LSAT, you may not take the LSAT in the subsequent 12-month period. Failure to abide by this requirement may result in the initiation of a misconduct proceeding.

Free sample tests, as well as test-taking tips and strategies, are available at Preparing for the LSAT. You may also purchase additional, nominally priced prep materials from the LSAC.org Shop.

Because the LSAT measures skills and knowledge that develop over a period of time, you cannot prepare for the test by making a last-minute effort to master specific subject areas. To feel more secure on test day, you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with test directions and questions types, take at least one sample test, and study test-taking techniques.

Please make sure you have Adobe Reader 7 or later installed on your computer. If you have an earlier version of Reader, you will need to uninstall it, then download and install a later version. Reader is available free from www.adobe.com.

Admission tickets are displayed in an Adobe Reader pop-up window. If you click the link to your ticket and no window appears, it is being blocked by software on your computer. Be sure that you have disabled all pop-up blockers. LSAC cannot assist you with any software provided by a third party.

Microsoft Windows XP or newer versions—If you have the required version of Adobe Reader installed and your admission ticket opens in a blank window, it may be necessary to change a setting in Adobe Reader. Start Reader, click Edit, then Preferences. From the menu on the left, click Internet and clear the "Display PDF in browser" checkbox. Click OK, then exit Reader and try to open your Admission Ticket. You may need to log out of your account, close and reopen your browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox), and try to open your ticket.

Some users may need to make an additional change to their Internet Options. Exit all open programs, then, from your computer's Control Panel, open Internet Options and click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Security section and clear the "Do not save encrypted pages to disk" checkbox. Click OK and try to open your admission ticket.

Macintosh OS X users—The default application to view PDFs in OS X is Preview. Some LSAC documents do not display correctly in Preview and must be viewed using Adobe Reader. Opening the admission ticket in Preview will also place a copy of the file on your desktop as Example.pdf. Open Adobe Reader, click File, then Open. Browse to your desktop and select the downloaded copy of the ticket. This should open the admission ticket properly and allow you to view and print your ticket.

Safari—The default application in OS X to view PDFs is Preview. Some LSAC PDF documents do not display correctly in Preview and must be viewed using Adobe Reader. Opening the PDF document in Preview will also place a copy of the file on your desktop as Example.pdf. Open Adobe Reader, click File, then Open. Browse to your desktop and select the downloaded copy of the PDF. This should open the PDF document properly and allow you to view and print it.

Firefox—Versions 15 and later display PDF documents using Firefox's own browser software, and some LSAC documents will not display correctly. To change Firefox’s default PDF viewer to Adobe Reader, select the Tools menu item, then Options. Click on the Applications tab to display the default programs linked to each file extension. For each Adobe Forms Document listed in the Content Type column, select the pull-down menu for the associated Action and change it to Use Adobe Reader (default). Reopen your PDF document; it should open in Adobe Reader with your personal information.

If you are located over 100 miles (160 km) from and are unable to travel to an open, published test center, you may request that LSAC establish a nonpublished test center. Please note the earlier registration deadlines associated with nonpublished test center requests.

LSAC will send you an email when you are moved off the waiting list and assigned to a test center. Your admission ticket will be available in the LSAT Status section under the LSAT tab of your LSAC.org account as soon as you have been assigned.

If you submit a signed and completed Refund Request form (PDF) by the refund deadline associated with your test date, you are entitled to a partial refund. LSAC will also accept a signed, dated letter as long as we receive it by the appropriate deadline date.

Yes. The option to withdraw your LSAT registration will be available in the LSAT Status section of your LSAC.org account once the refund deadline has passed and until 11:59 pm (ET) the night before the test. No refund will be issued. Your LSAT registration cannot be reinstated once withdrawn.

The option to withdraw your LSAT registration will be available in the LSAT Status section of your LSAC.org account once the refund deadline has passed. You must complete your withdrawal by 11:59 pm (ET) of the night before the test. Once your registration is withdrawn, you may register for another LSAT administered within your two-year fee waiver period.

Submit a signed and completed LSAC Biographical Information Changes form (PDF) if you need to correct your name, date of birth, or Social Security/Social Insurance number. All other biographical information can be updated via your LSAC.org Account.

More information is available at Biographical Data Changes.

Yes, if your administration's Test Date Change deadline has not yet passed. The easiest way to change your test date is through your LSAC.org account. However, you may submit a signed and completed Test Date Change form (PDF) or a signed and dated written request instead.

Note that you must pay an administrative fee when requesting a test date change.

Day of the Test

If you encounter a problem during the test administration, report it to the test center supervisor; however, informing the test center supervisor is not sufficient. You must also follow up your complaint by writing to

LSAC
PO BOX 2000-T
Newtown PA 18940

Fax: 215.968.1277
Email: LSACinfo@LSAC.org

Your complaint must be received within six calendar days after the administration. It is your responsibility to keep proof of LSAC's receipt of your complaint (e.g., a fax transmittal report); however, no such proof will be accepted beyond 14 calendar days after the test.

Indicate "Test Center Complaint" in the subject line and include

  • your name
  • your address
  • your LSAC account number
  • last four digits of your Social Security or Social Insurance number
  • test center name
  • name of the building and/or room in which you were tested, if known

Be aware that the availability of your LSAT score may be delayed pending the review of your complaint.

US, Canadian, and Caribbean Test Centers

For the September/October, December, and February administrations, you must report to your test center no later than 8:30 am. The reporting time for the June LSAT is 12:30 pm.

International Test Centers

Your actual test date and reporting time will be printed on your LSAT Admission Ticket.

Test takers may bring into the test room only a clear plastic ziplock bag (sealed), maximum size 1 gallon/3.79 liters, which must be stored under the chair and may be accessed only during the break. The ziplock bag may contain only the following items:

  • LSAT Admission Ticket
  • valid ID
  • wallet
  • keys
  • medical or hygiene products (including diabetic testing supplies)
  • tissues
  • No. 2 or HB wooden pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpener
  • highlighter
  • beverage in a plastic container or juice box (20 oz/591 ml maximum size) and snack (for break only)—no aluminum cans permitted

Test takers may only use an analog, nondigital wristwatch. No electronic devices are permitted.

If, while taking the LSAT, you find what you believe to be an error or ambiguity in a test question that affects your response to the question, report it to the test supervisor as soon as you finish the test and write immediately to

Law School Admission Council, Test Development
662 Penn Street
PO BOX 40
Newtown PA 18940-0040

You may also contact us by email at LSATTS@LSAC.org.

Information about the review process can be found in Policies and Procedures Governing Challenges to Law School Admission Test Questions.

If you did not request a refund, change your test date, or withdraw your registration by the stated deadlines and you do not take the test, your LSAC file will note "absent." The absent notation is not a score of zero, nor will it be factored into any reportable scores on file.

If you register for another test date, you will have to pay the full registration fee.

After You Take the Test

If you have an LSAC.org account, you will receive your score by email approximately three weeks after taking the test. Please keep your email address current in your LSAC.org account to receive your score promptly.

If you do not have an LSAC.org account, LSAC will send your score report by postal mail approximately four weeks after the test.

You may cancel your test score in one of two ways:

  1. On the day of the test, you may cancel your score by following the instructions provided on your answer sheet. You must follow the instructions completely.
  2. After the test, send a signed Score Cancellation form (PDF) to LSAC. (The form will become available on this page the night before the test.) LSAC must receive your request within six calendar days of the test.

More information is available at LSAT Score Cancellation.

You may instead submit a written statement that includes the following:

  • your statement that you wish to cancel your LSAT score
  • your name
  • your LSAC account number
  • the test date
  • the test center name and code number
  • your signature (unsigned cancellation requests will not be processed)

LSAC must receive your signed score cancellation request within six calendar days of the test. Submit your request in one of the following ways:

  • Scan and email: ScoreCancel@LSAC.org
  • Fax: 215.968.1277
  • Overnight letter or expedited mail: Law School Admission Council, Score Cancellation, 662 Penn Street, PO BOX 2000-T, Newtown PA 18940-0995

More information is available at LSAT Score Cancellation.

If you have received your LSAT Score Report and wish to verify or contest the machine scoring of your answer sheet, you may request that LSAC rescore your answer sheet by hand. Follow the instructions on the Handscoring page.

If you believe that your test score does not reflect your true ability, you should consider retaking the LSAT. Data show that scores for repeat test takers often rise slightly, but there is a chance your score will drop. More information is available at Repeating the LSAT.

Normally, 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 it is not otherwise reported. LSAC reserves the right to withdraw your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy.

For significant extenuating circumstances, LSAC may make exceptions to this policy. 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 specifying the date that you wish to test. Scan and email your request as an attachment to LSACinfo@LSAC.org or send it by fax to 215.968.1277.

You will be notified by email 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 receiving your request. LSAC's decisions are final.

LSAC will automatically report the results of all LSATs in your file, including cancellations and absences, since June 1, 2009. The scores are averaged and are also listed separately.

Scores earned prior to June 2010 are not available to anyone for any purpose.

Because some state bar associations inquire about the law school admission records of those seeking admission to the bar, you should keep and maintain complete copies of all law school application records throughout the admission cycle and your law school career.

Each law school determines for itself how it will make use of the writing sample. Copies of your three most recent LSAT writing samples are included in the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service reports that LSAC sends to law schools.

For more information, visit the Writing Sample page.


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