The LSAT This Week
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Update on Technical Issues Which Affected the August LSAT
We would like to offer an update on the unacceptable technical issues which affected the August 2023 LSAT and let test takers registered for the September administration and beyond that LSAC and Prometric continue to actively address all the issues so that future LSAT administrations run smoothly.
As we learned of the problems during the initial August sessions, LSAC and Prometric worked feverishly to identify and fix the problems with Prometric’s systems. In addition, our staff worked with affected test takers to answer their questions, get them rescheduled, and in many cases finding seats for them at in-person test centers.
As a result, we offered a retest on August 19 and 20 for test takers who wished to retest. The retest was very successful both in test centers and via remote proctoring. Average wait times for online testing were minimal, and the completion rate was extremely high. Across the two days combined, we provided retests for 3,000 people – 30% in-person at a Prometric test center, and 70% via remote online testing.
Overall, we had a nearly 100% completion rate at test centers, and an almost 98% completion rate for remote test takers. With the retest completed, the overwhelming majority of people who requested an August retest have now successfully tested.
As we head into the September 2023 LSAT administration, we will continue working closely with Prometric to ensure that the implemented system changes will result in a successful September test.
Once again, the problems that occurred with the August test are unacceptable, and we apologize to all test takers who were affected. We are committed to making it right for every affected test taker and to fixing the problems so they do not happen again.
We have added a third testing day – Sunday, September, 10 – to the September 2023 LSAT administration, to give test takers more choice and flexibility. Both remote testing and in-person testing will be available on Sunday, September 10, based on your eligibility. Currently, in-person testing is only available in some locations, as Prometric test centers are normally closed on Sundays, but we are working with Prometric to open more test centers.
Scheduling for the September LSAT is now open. If you’re registered for the September LSAT, you should’ve received an email with detailed instructions on how to go through the scheduling process.
Due to increased demand to take the LSAT at a Prometric test center, we’ve extended the scheduling window for in-person testing until Thursday, August 31.
Those testing in the live, remotely proctored format have until Tuesday, September 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET to schedule their test.
Registration for the October LSAT, which is open to U.S., Canada, and international test takers, will close on Thursday, August 31.
Please note that, when registering, test takers will be asked to state their preference of whether to test at home or at a test center. Regardless of your choice, you will not make your final decision until after scheduling opens for the administration you’re registering for. For more information, please visit our website to view the testing dates and learn more about testing at a test center or testing remotely.
Test Taker Pro-Tip of the Week: If you’re testing remotely, do a systems check
Download the remote proctoring software and prepare your workspace: For a smooth experience during test day, it is important to download the ProProctor application and install it to your computer at least 48 hours prior to your test.
- Are you using a work or school computer? You will need administrator rights to download the required software. If you do not have administrator rights, you will need to use a different computer.
Check your system readiness: Follow the instructions in the Prometric ProProctor portal and perform a systems check to make sure your computer is compatible with the ProProctor application. You can familiarize yourself with what to expect on test day by watching the short video prepared by Prometric . The video will guide you through the systems check and shed some light on the check-in process on test day.
To take the LSAT remotely, you’ll need:
- A quiet, well-lit, private, enclosed room in which to take the test with a table or desk and a chair. Please note that transparent glass walls are not considered part of a private room and are prohibited.
- A laptop or desktop computer with one of the following active and licensed operating systems: Windows 8.1, MacOS 10.13 to 12.6.5, or MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 and above
- A screen resolution of 1024x768
- A webcam with a resolution of 640x480p and a microphone
- A strong and stable Internet connection with a download speed of at least 1.0 mbps
- The latest version of Google Chrome web browser
- Administrative rights to the computer on which you’ll take the test (This is so you can download the required proctoring software.)
If you don’t have access to the equipment required to test remotely, you can take the LSAT at a test center. For those who take the LSAT in person, all equipment and materials, including scratch paper and pencils, will be provided.
Do you have an LSAT-related question that wasn’t answered here? 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 check out this week’s LSAT Inbox blog, where we answer frequently asked questions about the LSAT.