In response to requests and feedback from test takers, we have created a new score preview option for first-time test takers who wish to see their LSAT score before deciding whether to keep it as part of their LSAC transcript and report it to law schools. This feature is available starting with the August 2020 test administration and all subsequent test administrations. If you are a first-time test taker, Score Preview is now available for purchase through your LSAC online account.
What it costs: Score Preview costs $45 for candidates who sign up prior to the first day of testing for a given test administration, or $75 for those who sign up during a specified period after their given test administration. (Please note: First-time test takers who have an approved LSAT fee waiver can sign up for Score Preview free of charge.)
How it works: 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 no action is taken, their scores will be added to their LSAC transcript and released to schools at the end of the six-day period.
Since the LSAT-Flex is often given over multiple days, is the deadline for the $45 price the day before MY test session, or the day before the first test sessions of a given LSAT-Flex administration?
Great question. The deadline for the $45 price is the day before the first test sessions of a given LSAT-Flex administration, no matter when you are taking the test. For example, if the first day of testing is Saturday, August 29, and you are testing on Monday, August 31, you would need to sign up for Score Preview by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 28, in order to qualify for the $45 advance purchase price.
How long do I have to decide whether to keep or cancel my score?
Once you receive your score, you will have six (6) calendar days to decide whether to keep or cancel your score. For example, if you receive your score on Friday, September 18, you would have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, September 24, to decide whether to keep or cancel your score.
What if I have a hold on my score for some other reason, such as not having completed my LSAT Writing requirement or a review of technical difficulties during my testing session? Do I lose my six-day score review opportunity?
The six-day score review opportunity only starts when your score is released to you. For example, if scores for your test administration were released on Friday, September 18, but you had a hold on your score due to a review of technical difficulties and your score was released to you on Friday, October 2, you would have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, October 8, to decide whether to keep or cancel your score.
If I decide to cancel my score, does it count against my annual and lifetime test limits?
If you are taking the August LSAT-Flex, no. Because the August LSAT-Flex administration is not being counted against annual and lifetime test limits, canceling your August LSAT-Flex score through score preview will not count against your annual or lifetime test limits.
However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have announced a new policy going forward: should the LSAT-Flex be administered AFTER August 2020, LSAT-Flex tests after the August 2020 administration will count toward LSAT testing limits. Therefore, any future score cancellation through score preview will count against your annual and lifetime test limits (whether you are taking an LSAT-Flex exam or an in-person LSAT).
Why is Score Preview only available for first-time test takers?
One goal of Score Preview is to reduce test anxiety for first-time test takers. We also want to avoid “score shopping,” where candidates use Score Preview to test repeatedly in an effort to hit a higher score.
If I decide to cancel my score through Score Preview, how will that be reflected on my LSAC transcript?
It would be reflected as a Candidate Cancel, in the same way that a regular canceled score would be reflected.
What if I don’t decide until after I take the LSAT-Flex that I want to purchase Score Preview?
If you don’t purchase Score Preview prior to the first day of testing, you can purchase score preview for $75 the day after the last day of testing up until about a week before score release. In the case of the August LSAT-Flex, you may purchase Score Preview between Saturday, September 5, and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, September 12.
Please note: The deadline for purchasing Score Preview after testing will be extended as appropriate for individual test takers who need to retest outside of the original test dates due to technical issues.