Frequently Asked Questions About the LSAT

LSAC strives to ensure LSAT® takers have the information and resources they need to succeed on test day. The FAQs below have been compiled based on common questions we receive from test takers and have been divided into subjects to help you find the information you’re looking for.

Additional FAQ collections address specific aspects of the test, such as LSAT Writing®, Testing Accommodations, and LSAT Score Preview.

If you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact our Candidate Services team at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001. We are eager to help.

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Registering for the LSAT

How do I register for the LSAT?

You can register for the test through your LSAC online account. For information about upcoming test dates and registration deadlines, please visit LSAT Dates, Deadlines, and Score Release Dates.

Register for the Test

If you do not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to take your exam, please make note of your situation after you register. You can do this through the LSAT Assistance Request form that will appear on the My Home screen of your LSAC online account. Please complete this form no later than the Assistance Request Deadline associated with your test date, so that we can work with you to try to address your needs.

LSAC is committed to providing necessary testing accommodations to candidates with documented disabilities on the LSAT and LSAT Writing to best ensure that the test results accurately reflect the aptitude or achievement level of the candidate. You can submit a request for testing accommodations through your LSAC online account after you register for the test. Your request must be submitted by the Accommodation Request Deadline associated with your test date. Please note that test takers who were previously approved to receive accommodations for the LSAT, whether it was in-person or remotely proctored, will automatically receive the same or equivalent accommodations when they register for an upcoming LSAT. More information is available in the LSAC Policy on Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities.

Will I be able to choose my testing time?

Yes, test takers can choose the time that works best for their schedules from the available options. Registrants will be notified of the date when sign-ups for specific test dates and times will open. Test takers who prefer to test at a certain time of day, or who need a specific start time due to other obligations, should sign up as early as possible, as slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that scheduling will close at 11:59 p.m. ET, two days before testing begins. If you’re unable to schedule your test by this deadline, you can opt to request a test date change (fees may apply) through your LSAC account. Otherwise, your test registration will be automatically withdrawn (without a refund).

Learn more about scheduling your exam time

Can I be assured that my test date will not interfere with my Sabbath observance?

Yes. LSAT exams are administered over several days. Test takers will be able to schedule their exam time for non-Saturday or non-Sunday test dates, in accordance with their religious observance.

I have a fee waiver and need to withdraw my registration. What should I do?

You may withdraw your LSAT registration on the LSAT Status page of your LSAC online account once your administration’s Refund Request Deadline has passed. You must complete your withdrawal by 11:59 p.m. (ET) the night before you are scheduled to test. Once your registration is withdrawn, you may register for another LSAT that is administered within your two-year fee waiver period.

Under what circumstances would I be ineligible to take the LSAT?

If you served as a test administrator for the LSAT or the LSAT-Flex, you may not take the LSAT in the subsequent 24-month period. If you plan to take the LSAT within 24 months of having either supervised or proctored an LSAT or LSAT-Flex administration, and/or having worked as part of the testing staff at an LSAT or LSAT-Flex administration, you must notify us when you register for the test. LSAC will review the request and either honor the registration or offer an alternative test date. We must receive your notification by the registration deadline of the requested test date. Failure to abide by this requirement may result in the initiation of a misconduct and irregularities proceeding.

In addition, if you do not agree to the terms and conditions of the LSAC Candidate Agreement, you will not be permitted to take the LSAT.

How many times may I take the LSAT?

Starting with the September 2019 test administration, test takers are permitted to take the LSAT:

  • Three times in a single testing year (the next testing cycle begins with the August 2021 test and goes through the June 2022 test).
  • Five times within the current and five past testing years (the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools).
  • A total of seven times over a lifetime.
  • Please note: With the introduction of the LSAT-Flex to provide a safe and effective mechanism for candidates to earn scores during the COVID-19 emergency, LSAC made the decision that the May, June, July, and August 2020 LSAT-Flex tests do not count toward these limits. Tests beginning with the October 2020 administration will count toward LSAT testing limits.

This policy is forward-looking, not retroactive. Tests taken prior to September 2019 will not count against these numerical limits.

In addition, test takers will not be permitted to retake the LSAT if they have already scored a 180 (perfect score) within the current and five past testing years, the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools. This aspect of the policy will be applied retroactively.

Test takers who have special circumstances and want to request an exception to this policy may submit an appeal.

By accepting the Candidate Agreement, what am I authorizing LSAC and law schools to do?

Accepting the Candidate Agreement means that you are giving LSAC permission to release information from your file — including, but not limited to, the information contained on the Candidate Agreement form, your LSAT score, and information regarding any alleged misconduct or irregularities in the admission process. You are also giving the law schools to which you apply permission to release information to LSAC.

What else am I agreeing to by accepting the Candidate Agreement?

By accepting the Candidate Agreement, you are certifying that you are the candidate whose name appears on the registration, and that you plan to take the LSAT for the sole purpose of being considered for admission to law school. You are further certifying that all the information on the form, as well as other information and materials submitted to LSAC for your file, are complete and accurate.

What kind of equipment do I need in order to take the LSAT?

To take the LSAT, you’ll need:

  • A quiet, well-lit, private room in which to take the test with a table or desk
  • A laptop or desktop computer with a Windows or Mac operating system and at least 1024 MB of RAM
  • A webcam and microphone
  • A strong and stable Internet connection
  • Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Administrative rights to the computer on which you’ll take the test. (This is so you can download the required proctoring software.)

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We encourage you to test your machine using ProctorU’s convenient tool as soon as you have created your ProctorU account, and to familiarize yourself with the test’s user interface by trying our free practice tests and tutorials on LawHub®. This will ensure that you know how to eliminate and select responses.

What if I don't have all the equipment that I need to take the test (i.e., a webcam, a compatible computer, etc.)?

LSAC is committed to ensuring that every test taker has the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT. If you’re planning to take the LSAT, please let LSAC know if you need a loaner device or other assistance by the Assistance Request Deadline established for each LSAT administration, so that we can work with you to try to address your needs. You can submit your request using the LSAT Assistance Request form available on the My Home page of your LSAC online account.

What if I don’t have a private and/or quiet room in which to take the test due to my personal living situation?

We understand that some candidates may not have access to a quiet or private room in which to take a remotely proctored test. LSAC is working to help every test taker have the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT.

If you’re planning to take the LSAT and need assistance with a quiet or private room in which to test, please make note of your situation via the LSAT Assistance Request form in your LSAC online account, so that we can work with you to try to address your needs. You must submit your request for assistance by the Assistance Request Deadline established for each LSAT administration.

What is the LSAT like?

Through the June 2022 administration, the LSAT is being delivered in an online, live remote-proctored format.

The test will have three scored sections — one section each of Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning — and we will return to our pre-COVID practice of including a fourth, unscored variable section that will allow us to validate new test questions for future use and ensure that they are free from any form of bias.

With the addition of this fourth, unscored section, the LSAT will include a 10-minute intermission between the second and third sections. During the intermission, you can leave your testing area to have a snack or use the restroom. You will need to check in with your proctor before you can resume testing. Please note: If you do not check in before the intermission is over, your test session will be terminated, and you will need to register for a new LSAT administration. You will not receive a refund.

Test takers who do not have a previous writing sample on file will also take LSAT Writing, a proctored, on-demand writing exam that is administered online using secure proctoring software that is installed on the candidate’s own computer. Test takers will complete LSAT Writing separately from the multiple-choice portion of the test, at a convenient time and place of their choosing. LSAT Writing becomes available in candidates’ online accounts eight days prior to their test administration.

How long is the LSAT?

The LSAT is composed of four 35-minute test sections. There is a 10-minute intermission between the second and third sections. The test takes approximately 3 hours for standard test takers.

In what order will I see the LSAT sections?

Test sections (Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and the unscored variable section) may be presented in any order during your actual LSAT exam, even though the sections in LawHub’s LSAT sample tests are always presented in the same order.

Please note that the unscored variable section will be one of the three standard section types — either Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, or Reading Comprehension. The content of the unscored variable section will differ depending on your test form.

Is there a break during the test?

Yes, the online, live remote-proctored LSAT includes a 10-minute intermission between the second and third sections. During the 10-minute intermission, you can leave your testing area to have a snack or use the restroom. You will need to check in with your proctor before you can resume testing. Please note: If you do not check in before the break is over, your test session will be terminated, and you will need to register for a new LSAT administration. You will not receive a refund.

Additional Breaks for Accommodated Test Takers

LSAC understands that accommodated test takers often have a longer testing appointment and therefore may have a greater need for the opportunity to take a break during the test. Therefore, any test taker who has been approved for 100% additional time (or more), or who is taking the LSAT in a paper-and-pencil format (which may be a longer administration due to the need to open/repackage testing materials), may request five-minute breaks between test sections regardless of their disability or impairment. Test takers with these accommodations simply need to request the five-minute break for their administration by the Accommodation Request Deadline associated with their test date. Test takers can use these breaks to use the restroom even if the need for a restroom break is unrelated to the test taker’s disability.

In addition, breaks between test sections and stop/start breaks are available as accommodations on the LSAT, and can also be used for the purposes of using the restroom. Please take this into consideration when requesting testing accommodations.

How can I prepare for the LSAT?

The online, live remote-proctored LSAT is administered through LSAC LawHub®. To familiarize yourself with the content and interface of the LSAT, we recommend using the free Official LSAT PrepTests® and tuturial videos available through LawHub. Using these practice tests, you’ll be able to do everything you can do during the actual exam — eliminating and selecting responses, highlighting passages, setting screen preferences, and more. (Please note: Test sections are always presented in the same order on LawHub — Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension. However, test sections may appear in any order during your actual LSAT exam.)

We encourage you to learn more about the technical requirements of the live, online remote-proctored exam and to test your equipment as soon as possible using the information and tool on this page opens in new window.

For more information, please visit Getting Ready for Your LSAT Exam.

How does LSAC ensure the test is secure?

We know that the security, integrity, and validity of the LSAT are important to candidates and schools, so we take many steps to ensure the security of the LSAT. All LSAT takers are monitored by live remote proctors via the camera and microphone in the test takers’ computers. The video and audio feeds are recorded in case further review is necessary.

Can ProctorU get personal information from my computer?

No, ProctorU cannot access your computer files without your knowledge.

What information about my LSAT experience am I allowed to share with others?

You may share general information, such as how you felt about the test-taking experience, the exam overall, or a section of the test. Sharing more details, such as information about a particular passage or a particular question and how you answered it, is prohibited.

Can I discuss details about the test orally, such as in a casual conversation?

No. The Candidate Agreement clearly states that sharing test details orally, in writing, on the internet, or through any other means or media is prohibited. This rule is necessary to ensure that the test remains fair for all test takers.

What is the penalty for sharing test details?

LSAC retains complete ownership rights to the LSAT and reserves the right to pursue all suitable courses of action to prevent fraudulent or unauthorized uses of its intellectual property and to prevent the compromise of secure test materials.

What am I allowed to have with me during the LSAT?

Generally, your desktop must be clear of anything not test-related and should only have:

  • Five blank sheets of scratch paper (lined, unlined, or graphed)
  • Valid, acceptable government-issued ID
  • One or more writing utensils (standard pencil, mechanical pencil, or ink pen, for example)
  • A highlighter
  • An eraser (no mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves)
  • A pencil sharpener
  • Tissues
  • Soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs
  • Beverage in plastic container or juice box (maximum size: 20 oz/591 ml). Aluminum cans are not permitted.

Each of these items must be held up and shown to the proctor during the security check-in procedure. Both sides of each sheet of scratch paper must be shown to the proctor and destroyed in camera view upon test completion.

You may wear an analog (nondigital) wristwatch. The watch may not have a dedicated start/stop functionality independent of telling time, but it may have an altered faceplate and a rotating “diver’s” bezel. Timing devices of any other kind are not permitted.

If you have a medical need for one or more of the following personal medical items during your test, you may have the item(s) with you: eyeglasses, hearing aids, medication (e.g., pills, inhaler, insulin/glucose tablets, eye drops), heart monitor, arm or shoulder sling, cast, brace, cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, insulin pump/glucometer/diabetic supplies, TENS unit, service animal (not comfort animal). No prior authorization is required.

What kind of identification do I need to take the LSAT?

Every candidate is required to present a physical, valid international passport or a North American government-issued photo ID. The ID must be current (or have expired within 6 months of your test date) and must contain:

  • A recent and recognizable photo of you
  • Your first name (must match your registration)
  • Your last name (must match your registration)
  • Your date of birth

Please note that, by law, U.S. military IDs cannot be photographed and thus cannot be used for this purpose.

Learn more about ID accepted for LSAT admission

What behaviors are prohibited?

Adhering to the highest moral and ethical standards is essential for those in the legal profession. Every test taker is required to sign a Candidate Agreement each time they take the LSAT. Please make sure you read the entire Agreement; rushing through it or ignoring any of it could have serious adverse consequences.

Generally, during the test you may not:

  • Communicate with anyone other than your proctor
  • Read aloud
  • Allow your face to leave the webcam’s view
  • Leave your seat
  • Run any prohibited software applications
  • Access any prohibited materials
  • Connect or disconnect any external storage devices

After the test you may not:

  • Share details of the test in an oral or written form, which includes sharing content on the internet or through any means or media
  • Copy, save, duplicate, or distribute any test material on your computer or any written notes you may have used during the test

The proctor’s instructions must be followed at all times. Any suspicious behavior noted by the proctor will be grounds for immediately ending the testing session. Terminated sessions are subject to score cancellation polices and to LSAC investigations that could lead to a finding of misconduct or irregularity. Any such finding may be shared with the law schools to which you apply.

What electronic devices are prohibited?

One mobile phone is allowed for use as a mirror during check-in as instructed by your proctor, but it must be turned off and put away as instructed by the proctor before the test begins. Additional mobile phones are prohibited. You may not access the mobile phone during the 10-minute intermission. Unauthorized access of an electronic device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, will cause your testing session to be terminated.

Devices that cannot be in the room during the LSAT include timers of any kind, electronic cigarettes, fitness-tracking devices, digital watches, calculator watches, chronograph watches (digital or nondigital), beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), calculators, cameras, recording devices, listening devices (including, but not limited to, headphones, ear buds, air pods, and other electronic listening devices and/or noise-cancelling devices other than generic foam ear plugs), headsets, and iPods and other media players. Please note that tablets, laptops, personal computers, or any other electronic device not being used to take the test are prohibited.

Prohibited electronic devices may not be in the room during the test because they cannot be monitored via your webcam feed. Please be aware that your proctor will not allow you to test if any prohibited electronics are noted during the room scan portion of your check-in. This includes any monitors or desktop computers that happen to be on the desk you may be resting your laptop on during the test. If your session is flagged for a violation during the test, your audio and video data may be referred to for an investigation by the Misconduct and Irregularities Subcommittee.

More information can be found at Misconduct & Irregularities and in the LSAC Candidate Agreement.

What other items are prohibited?

Test takers may not access briefcases, handbags, or backpacks of any kind. Hats or hoods, except religious apparel, may not be worn. Sunglasses or other eyewear with tinted lenses may not be worn. Books, printed materials, and any notes written before the start of the test may not be used, accessed, or referenced at any point during your session.

Other nonelectronic prohibited items can remain in the room, but they must be put away and not accessed or referenced during the test.

What if I need headphones, earplugs, or earbuds to take the test?

LSAT takers may use soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs, which will need to be shown to and approved by your LSAT proctor. Note: Please ensure that your earplugs will not interfere with your ability to receive instruction from your proctor. Test takers are responsible for adhering to proctor instructions and communications at all times.

In addition, unless a specified accommodation has been granted, test takers cannot wear headphones, earbuds, or anything similar that is not a soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plug. These types of items are unable to be monitored by proctors to ensure a fair and equal testing environment. It’s LSAC’s goal to safeguard your test and score by putting this policy in place to mitigate testing irregularities that could result in the termination of your session or cancellation of your score.

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.

Where should I take the test?

Choose a quiet, well-lit, and private work area where you can complete the test without interruption. A hard work surface is required. It is very important to have a strong and stable internet connection in order to have a successful remote testing experience. Ensure that your workspace is clean and clear of all prohibited items. Your entire face must be clearly visible throughout the test. Once you begin testing, do not move out of view of the webcam or change working environments until the test is over.

Learn more about preparing your testing space

What should I wear during my testing session?

Your testing session will be proctored live, and video of your session will later be reviewed by LSAC personnel. Please dress as you would if you were taking the test in person at a physical testing center. Items that can obscure your face from the proctor’s view, such as hats or hoods (with the exception of religious apparel), sunglasses, and headphones, may not be worn.

Will I be able to take breaks during the test?

Yes, the online, live remote-proctored LSAT includes a 10-minute intermission between the second and third sections. During the 10-minute intermission, you can leave your testing area to have a snack or use the restroom. You will need to check in with your proctor before you can resume testing. Please note: If you do not check in before the break is over, your test session will be terminated, and you will need to register for a new LSAT administration. You will not receive a refund.

Additional Breaks for Accommodated Test Takers

LSAC understands that accommodated test takers often have a longer testing appointment and therefore may have a greater need for the opportunity to take a break during the test. Therefore, any test taker who has been approved for 100% additional time (or more), or who is taking the LSAT in a paper-and-pencil format (which may be a longer administration due to the need to open/repackage testing materials), may request additional five-minute breaks between test sections regardless of their disability or impairment. Test takers with these accommodations simply need to request the five-minute break for their administration by the Accommodation Request Deadline associated with their test date. Test takers can use these breaks to go to the restroom even if the need for a restroom break is unrelated to the test taker’s disability.

In addition, breaks between test sections and stop/start breaks are available as accommodations on the LSAT, and can also be used for the purposes of using the restroom. Please take this into consideration when requesting testing accommodations.

What happens if I lose my internet connection, or have other technical difficulties?

In most cases, the remote proctoring system will save your progress and pause the test while the technical issue is resolved, then restart the test and allow you to resume where you left off.

If your connection is interrupted during the test you will be required to complete the security check-in process again before resuming. The proctor will exercise discretion in whether to allow you to resume your testing session more than once should you continue to experience connectivity issues. If you are unable to restore your connection during your scheduled testing window, your testing session will be terminated, and you will be moved to a future registration date.

What if someone else enters the room while I am taking the test?

If someone else enters the room, you must ask them to leave immediately. At the proctor’s discretion, you may continue testing once the person leaves the room. Your testing session will be flagged for further review. You will not be penalized if the interaction is brief and it is evident that no information about the test was communicated.

What if my pet enters the room while I’m taking the test?

If a pet wanders into the room while you’re testing, you may continue to test. Your face must be clearly visible throughout the test, and once you begin, you cannot move out of view of the webcam until the test is over.

Do I need to take LSAT Writing? When can I do that, and how?

Yes, LSAT Writing is required and is included with your test registration fee. If you do not already have a completed writing sample on file, you must complete LSAT Writing before your score can be released. To help meet this requirement, LSAT Writing now becomes available in test takers’ LSAC online accounts eight days prior to each test administration.

We strongly recommend you complete LSAT Writing at the earliest possible time so that your score can be released on time.

When will I get my LSAT score?

You can find score release dates for each upcoming test administration at LSAT Dates, Deadlines, and Score Release Dates.

Please note that you must have an LSAT Writing sample on file before your score can be released. To help meet this requirement, LSAT Writing now becomes available in test takers’ LSAC accounts eight days prior to each test administration. Your writing sample must be processed before it can be added to your LSAC file. Please note that processing can take up to three weeks from the date you complete LSAT Writing, depending on volume and any flagged issues. We strongly recommend you complete LSAT Writing at the earliest possible time so that your score can be released on time.

Loaner Devices and Score Release

If you received a loaner device from LSAC, your score will not be released, and a hold will be placed on your account, until we have received the device back from you. Please repack the device using the box and return address label provided and ship it back to LSAC via your local UPS drop-off facility within 48 hours of completing your LSAT.

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How will my scores be reported?

All of your 12 most recent LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) results will be reported to the law schools to which you apply if earned in the current testing year or if earned in the prior five testing years. (Note that LSAT results include scores, cancellations, and absences. LSAT-Flex results include only scores and cancellations, due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.) Beginning with the 2021-2022 testing year, LSAT testing years run from July through June. The June 2021 LSAT-Flex was included in the 2020-2021 testing year. For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see Limits on Repeating the LSAT.

For more information on your score report, please visit LSAT Scoring.

How do I sign up for LSAT Score Preview?

LSAT Score Preview is available to first-time test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether to keep it as part of their LSAC transcript and report it to schools. Score preview will cost $45 if you sign up prior to the first day of testing for a given test administration, or $75 if you sign up after testing has concluded.

First-time test takers who sign up for score preview will receive their scores at the same time other test takers receive theirs (assuming they have completed their LSAT Writing and have no holds on their accounts), and will have six (6) calendar days from the date their score is released to decide if they want to cancel or keep their score. If they take no action, their scores will be added to their LSAC transcript and released to schools at the end of the six-day period.

If you are a first-time test taker, this feature is available for purchase through your LSAC online account.

Can I cancel my LSAT score?

Yes. Should you decide to cancel your LSAT score, you must do so within six (6) calendar days of your test date. You can cancel your score through your LSAC online account or by contacting LSAC directly at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001. Please note that this six-day deadline does not apply for first-time test takers who have signed up for LSAT Score Preview.

This is important. For the October 2021 administration only, LSAC has extended the score cancellation deadline for all test takers until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, October 23.

How long should I keep records?

Because some state bar associations inquire about the law school admission records of those seeking admission to the bar, you should maintain complete copies of all law school application records throughout the admission cycle and your law school career.

How can I inquire about a test question?

If, while taking the LSAT, you find what you believe to be an error or ambiguity in a test question that affects your response to the question, report it to the test supervisor as soon as you finish the test and write immediately to:

Law School Admission Council
Test Development Group
662 Penn Street
PO BOX 40
Newtown, PA 18940-0040 USA

Email: LSATTS@LSAC.org

LSAC will respond to all reasonable inquiries about test questions, but to be entitled to the formal review process described in the LSAC Policies and Procedures Governing Challenges to LSAT Questions, your inquiry must be made within 90 days of the date on the LSAT Candidate Report and must include the reasons why you believe there is an error or ambiguity. Your inquiry should include your name and address, the number of the question, the section in which it occurred, and the question type. LSAT Test Specialists will review your inquiry and send a written response. If the response does not answer your concerns, you can request further review by a panel of expert reviewers not otherwise associated with LSAC.