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 will be the same and the structure of the test sections and the questions will be the same as the current LSAT. The tablet offers great features such as a timer with a five-minute warning, highlighting, and flagging to keep track of questions that you may want to revisit in a section.
The transition to the Digital LSAT will begin in July 2019, when approximately half of the test takers will be assigned to take the test on a tablet provided by LSAC, and the other approximate half will take the traditional paper-and-pencil test.
After the July 2019 test, the LSAT will be digital in North America starting September 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Additionally, our free Get Acquainted with the Digital LSAT tutorial is now available. The tutorial will show you how the tablet test works so that you can feel confident on test day. Prospective test takers can access the tutorial on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or even a smartphone. To directly simulate the experience of taking the Digital LSAT, prospective test takers may wish to take the Get Acquainted with the Digital LSAT tutorial on a tablet if they have access to one. However, prospective test takers can access the tutorial using any Internet-connected device. 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.
Yes! LSAC will provide scratch paper and a pen for test takers to use during the test. We will provide a stylus that can be used to underline and highlight text on the tablet.
There is a stand built into the tablets that will allow test takers to tilt their screens slightly.
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.
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 will begin the transition to digital, and the September 2019 test will be all digital in the United States and Canada.
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
No, except for some accommodated test takers. For the July 15, 2019, test administration, some test centers will be administering the pencil-and-paper test, and some will be administering the digital test. The test content will be the same regardless of which method a test taker receives. Test takers will not know in advance which test their center will be using. This is a recognized best practice under educational testing standards for moving to a new testing method.
We recommend that all July test registrants use our free Get Acquainted with the Digital LSAT tutorial—available now—to become familiar with the Digital LSAT format. Our free Official LSAT Prep with Khan Academyprovides another excellent way to practice for the LSAT in a digital environment.
Starting with the June 2019 LSAT administration, the writing section will be separate from the LSAT and administered on a secure online platform. This change will result in greater convenience and flexibility for test takers as the testing date will be shorter, the essay will be typed rather than handwritten, and it can be completed at a time and place of the test takers’ choosing. By registering for the June or July LSAT, candidates will be automatically eligible to complete the writing section as of the date of the LSAT and up to one year thereafter. Candidates are only required to have one essay on file to complete their Law School Reports. Essays completed during previous LSAT administrations will still be valid for use in Law School Reports.
Preparing 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.
- Our free Get Acquainted with the Digital LSAT tutorial is now available. The tutorial will show you how the tablet test works so that you can feel confident on test day. Prospective test takers can access the tutorial on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or even a smartphone. To directly simulate the experience of taking the Digital LSAT, prospective test takers may wish to take the Get Acquainted with the Digital LSAT tutorial on a tablet if they have access to one. However, prospective test takers can access the tutorial using any Internet-connected device. 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
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:
- 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. LSAC will also provide a stylus that can be used to underline and highlight text on the tablet.
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
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.
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.
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.
Digital LSAT Scores
For the July 2019 test, some test takers will be assigned pencil-and-paper tests, and some will be assigned digital tests, which is a best practice under educational testing standards for moving to a new testing method. Processing and comparing test results from two delivery methods will take additional time. We are working through the timing of score results and will share that information as soon as possible. To ease the transition, LSAC is offering July test takers the opportunity to see their score before they decide whether they wish to cancel it. Those who decide to cancel can choose to retake the test one more time through April 2020 free of charge.
Although the Digital LSAT is intuitive and easy to use, we wanted to provide some additional reassurance to candidates who register for our July 15 test, to help ensure a smooth transition.
So, all July 15, 2019, test takers will have the opportunity to see their score and will have five days to decide whether they wish to cancel it. Those who decide to cancel will have the option of retaking the test one time free of charge in the 2019–2020 testing cycle, which extends through April 2020. More information about score release timing for the July test will be available as soon as possible.
A canceled score will be reported to the law schools the same way it is reported today, as a “candidate cancel.”