About the Digital LSAT

Taking the Digital LSAT
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The Digital LSAT is the same multiple-choice exam as the paper-and-pencil LSAT, delivered on easy-to-use tablets instead of booklets. The tablets will be provided to test takers at the test center. The content and the structure of the test sections and questions are the same as the traditional paper-and-pencil LSAT. It is important to note that the test day is now shorter for test takers because the LSAT Writing is (as of June 2019) administered separately from the LSAT multiple-choice test sections, online via a secure testing platform. Another important change for test takers is that their answers are now selected on the screen by tapping on their answer choice. There are no more paper answer sheets. The tablet offers great features such as a timer with a five-minute warning, highlighting, and flagging to keep track of questions that a test taker may want to revisit in a section.

The transition to the Digital LSAT began in July 2019, when approximately half of the test takers were assigned to take the test on a tablet provided by LSAC, and the rest took the traditional paper-and-pencil test. Starting September 2019, the LSAT is digital in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada.

To help provide test takers with the tools and content to prepare effectively and confidently for the Digital LSAT, we offer Official LSAT Prep℠, which provides candidates with two free full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment. 

Interested in access to more practice tests? Learn more about our Official LSAT Prep Plus℠, which includes more than 60 full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment, plus additional resources and reference guides.  

These practice tests provide an experience that mirrors the experience of the Digital LSAT. Prospective test takers can access Official LSAT Prep products on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What about test takers who have concerns about using tablets and would prefer to take a paper-and-pencil test?

Our field testing has shown that test takers find the Digital LSAT very easy to use. The structure of the test sections and test questions will not be any different than the paper-and-pencil LSAT.

LSAC offers a Digital LSAT tutorial to get you ready for the Digital LSAT. These tutorial videos will help you get a sense of what it will be like to take the Digital LSAT and provide a quick run-through of the features of the Digital LSAT.

To help provide test takers with the tools and content to prepare effectively and confidently for the Digital LSAT, we offer Official LSAT Prep℠, which provides candidates with two free full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment. 

Interested in access to more practice tests? Learn more about our Official LSAT Prep Plus℠, which includes more than 60 full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment, plus additional resources and reference guides. 

These practice tests provide an experience that mirrors the experience of the Digital LSAT. You'll be able to do everything you can do on the Digital LSAT — ruling out answers, highlighting passages, setting screen preferences, and more. Prospective test takers can access Official LSAT Prep products on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. On non-touchscreen devices, prospective test takers can use a mouse or trackpad to get comfortable with the Digital LSAT’s features so that they are familiar with them on test day.

We also offer free Official LSAT Prep with Khan Academy, which provides an excellent way to practice for the LSAT in a digital environment.

Will test takers be able to use physical scratch paper for making notes? What about pencils?

Yes! LSAC will provide scratch paper and a pen for test takers to use during the test. Digital LSAT test takers will also be permitted to use their own pencil and eraser for making notes. We will provide a stylus that can be used to underline and highlight text on the tablet.

Will tablets have to remain flat on the desk or will they be on a stand?

There is a stand built into the tablets that will allow test takers to tilt their screens slightly.

How do I go back to a flagged question as I move forward in a test section?

A navigation bar that shows all of the question numbers for a section is at the bottom of every screen on the digital test. If you flag a question, the flag will appear above that question’s number in the navigation bar, so you can easily see which questions you need to go back to. You will just click that question number to get there. It’s quick and easy.

How many times will the digital test be given next year in the U.S. and Canada?

There will be nine LSAT administrations in the 2019-2020 testing year that begins in June 2019; only the June 2019 administration will be all paper-and-pencil. The July 2019 test began the transition to digital, and the September 2019 test will be all digital in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada.

How will you ensure security, now that you are going digital?

Maintaining the security of the exam content and scores is extremely important. Independent testing of our patented processes has proven that the test questions and the candidates’ answers are secure from end-to-end of the entire testing, scoring, and reporting process.

Registering for the Digital LSAT

When can I register for the Digital LSAT?

The LSAT is now being administered digitally at test centers in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada. Find upcoming Test Dates & Deadlines.

What is happening to the writing sample section?

Starting with the June 2019 LSAT administration, the writing section is separate from the multiple-choice portion of the LSAT and administered on a secure online platform. This change results in greater convenience and flexibility for test takers as the testing day is shorter, the essay will be typed rather than handwritten, and the LSAT Writing essay can be completed at a time and place of the test takers’ choosing. By registering for the LSAT, candidates will be automatically eligible to complete the writing section as of the date they took the LSAT.

For an LSAT to be considered complete, candidates must have at least one writing sample on file — either from an earlier paper-and-pencil administration of the LSAT or from LSAT Writing.

We encourage candidates to complete LSAT Writing as soon as they can. Many law schools require a writing sample as an integral part of their admission decision, and therefore, candidates should take the writing sample immediately to meet schools’ application deadlines. Writing samples will be shared with candidates and the law schools to which they have applied as soon as it is complete. 

If a candidate already has a writing sample on file, they do not need to complete LSAT Writing.

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Preparing for the Digital LSAT

How can I prepare for the Digital LSAT?

You can prepare for the Digital LSAT in many of the same ways you prepare for the paper-and-pencil test, since the content and structure of the test will not change.

  • LSAC offers Digital LSAT tutorial videos to get you ready for the Digital LSAT. These tutorial videos will help you get a sense of what it will be like to take the Digital LSAT and provide a quick run-through of the features of the Digital LSAT.
  • To help provide test takers with the tools and content to prepare effectively and confidently for the Digital LSAT, we offer Official LSAT Prep℠, which provides candidates with two free full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment. Interested in access to more practice tests? Learn more about our Official LSAT Prep Plus℠, which includes more than 60 full practice tests in the authentic Digital LSAT test environment, plus additional resources and reference guides. These practice tests provide an experience that mirrors the experience of the Digital LSAT. You'll be able to do everything you can do on the Digital LSAT — ruling out answers, highlighting passages, setting screen preferences, and more. Prospective test takers can access Official LSAT Prep products on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. On non-touchscreen devices, prospective test takers can use a mouse or trackpad to get comfortable with the Digital LSAT’s features so that they are familiar with them on test day.
  • Current Official LSAT PrepTest books and ebooks, available from your favorite bookseller, are still great for practicing for the digital test.
  • And, our free Official LSAT Prep with Khan Academy provides an excellent way to practice for the LSAT in a digital environment.

Digital LSAT Accessibility

Which accessibility features are available on the Digital LSAT?

The Digital LSAT is administered on a Microsoft Surface Go tablet, and has a 8.3125” x 5.5” screen on which text is displayed. The following features will be automatically available for the Digital LSAT Test:

  • Stylus
  • User-adjustable font sizes (8, 10, 12, 15, 18, and 27-point font)
  • Adjustable line spacing
  • Brightness adjustment
  • High-contrast text
  • Magnification gestures
  • Color inversion
  • Color filters to assist a wide range of issues, including deuteranomaly (reduced sensitivity to green light), protanomaly (reduced sensitivity to red light), and tritanomaly (reduced sensitivity to blue light), as well as light sensitivity and visual preferences
  • Gray scale

All candidates will also have access to scratch paper and a pen provided by LSAC for use with the Digital LSAT. Digital LSAT test takers will also be permitted to use their own pencil and eraser for making notes. In addition, LSAC will provide a stylus that can be used to underline and highlight text on the tablet.

Will there be an accommodation for people who have color blindness?

The tablet includes color settings to address a wide range of visual needs, including color blindness, light sensitivity, and color preference. The tablet specifically includes settings to assist persons with deuteranomaly (reduced sensitivity to green light), protanomaly (reduced sensitivity to red light), and tritanomaly (reduced sensitivity to blue light). The tablet also includes three different colors for highlighting and an underlining function, all as recommended by accessibility experts. These features should reduce the need for special accommodations for test candidates with color blindness.

Digital LSAT Accommodations

What accommodations will be available for test takers with disabilities?

LSAC is excited to deliver the Digital LSAT, which enhances access to test takers with its many built-in accessibility features. LSAC recognizes, however, that some test takers may need other accommodations to access the Digital LSAT. Accommodations that traditionally have been available on the LSAT and that are not uniquely applicable to a paper-and-pencil test remain available on the Digital LSAT in accordance with LSAC’s stated policies and procedures for testing accommodations.

I have not previously received accommodations on the LSAT. I see that all of the format-related accommodations I need for the test are now available features on the Digital LSAT. Do I still need to submit a request for these features as accommodations?

Yes, for the July 2019 LSAT. For the July 2019 LSAT, candidate will not know in advance whether they will receive a paper-and-pencil test or the Digital LSAT, except for accommodated candidates approved to take an alternative format of the LSAT. Accordingly, candidates should specify any accommodations they would need on a paper-and-pencil test and any accommodations they would need on the Digital LSAT. Candidates who request, and are approved for, format-related accommodations on the July 2019 LSAT will receive an approved alternative test format. 

Beginning with the September 2019 administration of the LSAT, all candidates testing in North America will presumptively take the Digital LSAT. The built-in accessibility features of the Digital LSAT will be available for all candidates without the need to submit requests for such features as accommodations. If you believe that you need additional accommodations to access the Digital LSAT, you should submit a timely request for testing accommodations.    

If I previously received accommodations on a paper-and-pencil delivered LSAT, will I be automatically approved to receive the same accommodations on the Digital LSAT?

Accommodated candidates who were previously approved to receive accommodations on the paper-and-pencil delivered LSAT are entitled to receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the Digital LSAT. For example, if a test taker was approved to receive 50% extended test time on a prior paper exam, the test taker would be automatically approved to receive 50% extended test time on the Digital LSAT. 

Some accommodations that have been provided on the paper-and-pencil test will no longer be relevant to the Digital LSAT, either because the accommodation is already part of a built-in accessibility feature of the Digital LSAT (e.g., alternate non-Scantron answer sheet) or because the new delivery method makes the prior accommodation no longer necessary (e.g., marking answers in the test booklet). Other previously approved accommodations will be provided in a test format other than the Digital LSAT (e.g., 18-point font test booklets; electronic versions of the test for use with screen reader, screen magnification, or other software; Braille versions of the test). For more information, visit LSAC’s Policy for Individuals Previously Approved to Receive Accommodations on the LSAT.