Before the Test
I have a fee waiver. How do I withdraw my registration?
You may withdraw your LSAT registration in the LSAT Status section of your LSAC.org account once the refund deadline has passed. You must complete your withdrawal by 11:59 p.m. (ET) the night before the test. Once your registration is withdrawn, you may register for another LSAT that is administered within your two-year fee waiver period.
How do I make changes to my biographical information (e.g., name, date of birth) after I have registered for the LSAT?
Complete, sign, and send us the LSAC Biographical Information Changes form (PDF), with a copy of your ID if you need to correct your name, date of birth, or Social Security/Social Insurance number. You can make any other changes right in your LSAC.org account. Note: To be admitted to the test center, the first and last name listed on your ID must match exactly the first and last name printed on your LSAT Admission Ticket.
Can I change my test date?
Under what circumstances would I be ineligible to take the LSAT?
If you served as a test center staff member for the LSAT, 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 an LSAT administration or worked as part of the testing staff at an LSAT 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 center or 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 LSAT Candidate Agreement, you will not be able to print your admission ticket and will not be permitted to take the LSAT.
How do I sign up for Score Preview?
Score Preview is only available to first-time test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether or not 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 within two days after your test. 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 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. This feature will be available for purchase starting around August 1.
How many times may I take the LSAT?
Starting with the September 2019 test administration, test takers will be permitted to take the LSAT:
- Three times in a single testing year (the testing year goes from June 1 to May 31).
- 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. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are announcing a new policy: should the LSAT-Flex be administered AFTER August 2020, LSAT-Flex tests after the August 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.
During the Test
What items are prohibited during a standard LSAT administration?
All electronic devices — including electronic cigarettes, digital watches, cell phones, calculators, cameras, personal computers, listening devices, and media players — are prohibited. Additionally, you may not bring timers of any kind, books, papers, rulers, mechanical pencils, ink pens, briefcases, handbags, backpacks, or earplugs. Firearms or weapons of any kind are also prohibited. Visit the Candidate Agreement page for a full list of prohibited items for the standard LSAT administration.
Please note that the prohibited items for the LSAT-Flex administration are subject to separate rules and requirements as set forth in the Candidate Agreement.
What items of clothing are prohibited?
Hats or hoods, except religious apparel, may not be worn. Sunglasses may not be worn.
What is the penalty for bringing a prohibited item into the test center for a standard LSAT administration?
Prohibited items will be subject to confiscation, and test center supervisors will report to LSAC any violation of test center procedures that occurs during the administration. For paper-and-pencil test takers only, an LSAT Violation Notice may also be issued by test center staff and submitted to LSAC. Some violations of test center procedures are subject to score cancellation policies. You may also be subject to an LSAC investigation that could lead to a finding of misconduct or irregularity — which then can be shared with the law schools to which you apply.
Do these prohibitions apply to the entire test day?
Yes. The policy is enforced from the time test takers arrive to the time they leave, including during the break.
After the Test
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 center, 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 it reserves the right to pursue all suitable courses of action to prevent fraudulent or unauthorized uses of its property and to prevent the compromise of secure test materials.
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
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 Law School Admission Test 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.
When will I receive my test score?
If you have an LSAC.org account, you will receive your score in your LSAC account on the specified date, and you will receive an email alerting you to the fact that your score is available in your account. For the LSAT-Flex, scores generally take 2-3 weeks. For the traditional LSAT, scores generally take 3-4 weeks. You will receive your score by email approximately three to four weeks after taking the test. Please keep your email address current in your LSAC.org account to receive the email notification of your score promptly.
How do I cancel my score?
If you took the LSAT: Beginning the day after the test, you may cancel your score on the LSAT Status page of your LSAC.org account. This option will only be available to you within six calendar days after the test. The deadline to cancel your score online will be 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the sixth day after your LSAT date. More information is available at Canceling Scores.
If you took the LSAT-Flex: Should you decide to cancel your LSAT-Flex score, you must do so within six (6) calendar days of the date of your LSAT-Flex by contacting LSAC directly at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001.
Please note that the above deadlines do not apply for first-time test takers who have signed up for Score Preview. 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 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.
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.) LSAT testing years run from June through May. For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see Limits on Repeating the LSAT.
More information on your score report is available at LSAT Scoring.
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.