The LSAT: August 2021 and Beyond...

Given the expressed preference 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 all LSAT administrations until June 2022 is now open.

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A Commitment to Access and Equity

As we move forward with another full year of online testing to help ensure the safety of all candidates, LSAC will continue to address access and equity by providing solutions for candidates who do not have the necessary equipment, internet access, or a quiet place to test. Thus far, we have provided nearly 4,000 loaner devices to candidates who needed a computer and have provided a quiet place to test and internet access for more than 2,000 candidates.

Through our deep commitment to disability rights, we will continue to address the needs of all candidates with disabilities who require testing accommodations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 10-minute intermission between the second and third sections of the new LSAT starting August 2021, similar to the break midway through the traditional in-person LSAT that was used before the COVID-19 emergency. Test takers who leave their seats must return within the 10-minute time frame and will need to complete a new security check before resuming their test. The 10-minute time limit will be strictly enforced.

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.  

Can I use other computer programs while I take the LSAT?

All LSAT takers (with or without test accommodations) are permitted to use external computer programs to make web content accessible, such as screen magnification or keyboard-controlled screen reader software. In order to protect the security of test content, selectable text functionality (i.e., the ability to select text or place the cursor on the screen) is not available on the LSAT or with practice tests in LSAC LawHub®. Therefore, the computer-based LSAT is accessible with screen reader software programs that can be controlled and navigated using keystrokes and keyboard commands rather than the mouse and cursor.

If you use screen reader programs or software, please be sure to explore the LSAT prior to the test date. The LSAT is a high-stakes test, and we want to ensure that all test takers are familiar with the functionality of any accessibility software or programs prior to the date of the exam. Therefore, we recommend that test takers use their equipment and familiarize themselves with the LSAT interface in advance of the test by using the free Official LSAT Prep® practice tests available on LSAC LawHub®. The practice test software is designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to explore the actual test-day experience of the LSAT. If you require any assistance, please contact accessibility@LSAC.org.

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 Law School 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 Law School Report.

How long will it take to get my score?

We will announce the planned score release date prior to each LSAT administration so that test takers can have certainty on when they will receive their scores. Due to the transition from the LSAT-Flex to the LSAT for the August administration, scores will be released on September 10 to allow for a smooth process for managing all of the scored and unscored data streams. For the October administration and beyond, however, we fully expect to return to the customary three-week time frame for the release of scores.

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Registration for the January 2022 LSAT administration is now open.

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