Given the expressed preferences of the substantial majority of test takers, LSAC is pleased to announce that we will continue to provide the LSAT in an online, live remote-proctored format through June 2022. Dates for the upcoming testing year are now available so that law school candidates may plan in advance for the timing that works best for them.
Registration for the August 2021-June 2022 LSAT administrations will open in mid-May 2021.
Key Facts About the Test
Will there be a break in the new four-section LSAT you are delivering starting in August 2021?
Yes. With the addition of a fourth, unscored section, we plan to include a short break between the second and third sections of the new LSAT starting August 2021, similar to the break mid-way through the traditional in-person LSAT that was used before the COVID-19 emergency. Test takers who leave their seats will need to complete a new security check before resuming their test.
Is this the new LSAT, or is this another temporary COVID-19 measure?
The LSAT will have three scored sections and a fourth, unscored variable section starting August 2021. We plan to use this format for a minimum of 2-3 years, so it is the new LSAT format that candidates and schools can rely on.
What kinds of questions will be on the LSAT starting in August 2021?
The questions and methodology of the test are not changing. The LSAT in August 2021 and beyond will have the same three types of questions and sections — reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning — to test the skills consistently identified as critical to success in law school. The only thing that is changing is the addition of a fourth, unscored section that will allow us to validate new test questions for future use and ensure that they are free from any form of bias.
How long will the sections be?
For most test takers, the sections will continue to be 35 minutes long. Some test takers apply for and receive accommodations for additional time.
How will scores for the new LSAT compare to scores for the LSAT-Flex?
From an assessment sciences standpoint, we anticipate that scores from the three-section LSAT-Flex and the August 2021 LSAT with three scored sections and one unscored variable section will be aligned, since they both contain three scored sections with the same methodology and questions. As always, our measurement scientists will continue to scrutinize and evaluate all the data to ensure scores preserve their meaning across test administrations.
How will scores for the new LSAT be reported to law schools?
The CAS report will include the score a candidate earned on each test administration. Assuming that our research and analyses support doing so, scores on the new LSAT and the LSAT-Flex will be treated in the same way on the CAS report.
How long will it take to get my score?
We have not set a score release date for the August 2021 LSAT yet. Given the addition of an unscored variable section for every candidate, and the anticipated high volume of test takers in August, we may need to adjust the score release timeline to ensure we have a smooth process for managing all of the scored and unscored data streams, but it’s too soon to say for sure. We will announce the planned score release date in mid-May, when we open registration for the August 2021 LSAT, so that test takers can have certainty on when they will have their scores. For the October administration and beyond, we fully expect to release scores in the same three-week timeframe we’ve been releasing scores for the LSAT-Flex.
When will registration open for the August 2021 test?
We will open registration for the August 2021 LSAT (and the seven other LSAT administrations in the 2021-2022 testing cycle) in mid-May. We have announced the dates for all 2021-2022 administrations so candidates and schools can plan.