Frequently Asked Questions about the Digital LSAT

The Digital LSAT

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 half of the test takers will be assigned to take the test on a tablet provided by LSAC, and the other 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.

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. In addition:

  • Our free Digital LSAT familiarization tutorial will be available in the test prep section of LSAC.org starting in early January 2019 when registration opens for the July 2019 test. Using any internet-connected device, you will be able to see all the details on how the tablet test works so that you can feel confident on test day.
  • We are developing digital test-preparation materials that will be available early in 2019 for use on your own device.
  • And, our free Official LSAT Prep with Khan Academy is 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 15, 2019, test will begin the transition to digital, and the September 2019 test will be all digital in the US 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

Registration for the July 15, 2019, test will open in early January. You will be able to register here.

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 the free online tutorial that will be available on LSAC.org in early January 2019 to become familiar with the Digital LSAT. Our free Official LSAT Prep with Khan Academy is another excellent way to practice for the LSAT in a digital environment.

Additional information about testing accommodations on the July 2019 LSAT and on the Digital LSAT will be provided in early January.

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 Digital LSAT familiarization tutorial will be available in the test prep section of LSAC.org starting in early January when registration opens for the July 2019 test. Using any internet-connected device, you will be able to see all the details on how the tablet test works so that you can feel confident on test day.
  • We are also developing digital test-preparation materials for use on your own device.
  • 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 is an excellent way to practice for the LSAT in a digital environment.

Digital LSAT Accessibility

LSAC is committed to ensuring accessibility for test takers with disabilities. The Digital LSAT offers flexible type sizes, a built-in screen reader, and other enhancements that will assist test takers who need these options. LSAC will continue to provide appropriate accommodations for candidates according to the accommodation policies detailed on LSAC.org.

No special accommodations are needed for red/green color blindness. The tablet includes three different colors for highlighting and an underlining function for red/green color blindness, all as recommended by accessibility experts.

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. Details about arranging for these options will be available when registration opens for the July 2019 test.

A canceled score will be reported to the law schools the same way it is reported today, as a “candidate cancel.”