Welcome to the LSAT Inbox! This is a weekly blog series that answers frequently asked questions about the LSAT®. We encourage you to check back often for answers to more questions you may have as you prepare for the test.
For this week, we’re going to address some comments made by LSAT test takers in past Post LSAT Questionnaires (PLQ). Within days of taking the LSAT, all test takers receive a prompt to offer us feedback on their test taking experience. While this is entirely optional, we kindly ask you to consider answering this survey. Your answers will provide important insight as we strive to improve the testing experience.
“I’m buying my prep course in 2 weeks and will be taking the September LSAT. I have a dumb question TBH. Do I get to pick between the two LSAT dates given or are they assigned?”
There is no such thing as a dumb question. As has been customary since the advent of the online, remotely proctored format, and now with the in-person format, test takers will get to choose the day and time they wish to test from the available options.
Using the September LSAT as an example, the test will be administered on September 8 and 9.
Scheduling generally will open 37 days before testing, so for September, scheduling will open on Wednesday, August 2 for both days regardless of whether you choose to test in the online, remotely proctored format or in person at a test center.
If you choose to test at a test center, you will have until Wednesday, August 9 to schedule your test. If you choose to test remotely, you will have until Tuesday, September 5 to schedule your test.
It will be up to you to decide when, and how, you wish to take your LSAT.
“I plan on getting my bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice, then going to law school. Should I take it [the LSAT] during my undergraduate/ before my master’s program?”
The answer to your question is that there is really no single correct answer on when to take the LSAT, with the exception that you should take the LSAT when you have had sufficient time to prepare for the test. Admission processes and timelines differ from law school to law school. If going to law school is your final goal, keep in mind that taking the LSAT is just the first step in a journey.
You may want to check out LSAC’s free resources for aspiring law students to get a feel of what lies ahead. You may also consider attending a Law School Forum this fall. Offered in both digital and in person formats, these events serve as invaluable opportunities for aspiring law students to learn about law school and connect with law school representatives.
You may also wish to register for the free Candidate Referral Service so that law schools can discover you and start opening lines of communication.
“What if I’m taking the August LSAT and I don’t have all the equipment that I need, or a quiet room with a strong, stable internet connection to take the LSAT remotely?”
If you don’t have the needed equipment or testing space, we strongly urge you to take your test at a Prometric test center starting in August 2023. All of the necessary equipment, materials, and reliable internet connection will be provided. If testing at a test center is not possible, we urge you to contact LSAC so that we can work with you to try to address your needs.
If you need more information, please visit our website.
How can I contact LSAC if I have additional questions?
If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, you can contact us using our “Chat” feature by clicking on the chat icon on the bottom right corner of the LSAT pages on our website, via email at LSACinfo@LSAC.org, or call us at 1.800.336.3982. You can also refer to our The LSAT This Week blog for details on upcoming test deadlines, how to prepare for the test, how to avoid having your session flagged, and more.