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.
The first two questions are similar, so we’ll answer them together.
I’m planning on taking the LSAT in the fall. I live in Canada but will be in the U.S. when I take the test. Is it ok to take the LSAT in a country other than my home country?
I’m taking the August LSAT and will be out of state during that time. Can I take the test in-person at a test center in a different state than is on my ID?
You register to take the LSAT in the U.S., U.S. territories, or Canada, but you may be required to provide clarification regarding the region from which you will be testing if it differs from the permanent address listed on your LSAC.org account.
It is completely fine to take the LSAT outside of your home country. Many people, such international students at U.S. universities, will do this.
Similarly, you may choose whatever Prometric test center is most convenient for you, even if it’s outside of your home state.
Registration for the 2023-2024 testing year opens up May 17. Do spots fill up quickly in the case that I would like to wait to register?
There is no limit on the amount of test takers for any given LSAT administration. You may register for the test up until the registration deadline of your preferred testing date. Registration deadlines for each test administration will be available on our website on May 17 when registration opens.
When scheduling opens for each administration, space may be limited, due to proctor availability for specific time slots and days. We strongly encourage test takers to schedule their testing day and time as soon as it becomes available when scheduling opens so that they can choose their preferred time slot.
Starting with the August 2023 administration, test takers who choose to take the LSAT at a Prometric test center will need to schedule their test 30 days before testing begins for their chosen administration. This deadline ensures all test centers are prepared and have enough equipment to accommodate test takers.
I’m taking the LSAT for the first time in June, and I’m curious about the writing section. When does the test open, can you choose a day to work on it, and what’s the process like?
LSAT Writing® opens eight days before testing begins for each administration. For the June LSAT, LSAT Writing opens on June 1. You can check when LSAT Writing opens for other administrations on our website.
LSAT Writing is available online, 24/7. All test takers will complete their LSAT Writing sample online, even for those who, starting in August, choose to test at a Prometric test center. There is no deadline for submitting LSAT Writing, but you must have an approved writing sample on file for your score to be released. It can take up to 14 days for writing samples to be reviewed and approved, so we recommend you submit LSAT Writing as soon as it becomes available for your test administration.
You only need to complete LSAT Writing once. If you take the LSAT multiple times, you don’t need to complete it each time.
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.