In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are offering an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT — called the LSAT-Flex. LSAT-Flex is a three-section test using the same question types as the traditional LSAT: analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension. The remotely proctored LSAT-Flex provides candidates the opportunity to earn an LSAT score even though in-person testing is not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LSAC delivered the first LSAT-Flex administration in May 2020. Between May and early October, candidates have successfully completed nearly 79,000 LSAT-Flex assessments, enabling them to continue their law school journeys. We are using the experiences from each LSAT-Flex administration to make future administrations even better.
We know how important the LSAT is to candidates and schools, and also to fairness and integrity in law school admission, which advances access and equity in legal education. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all work through this extraordinary COVID-19 situation together.
Upcoming LSAT-Flex Exams
Test Dates: January 16-17, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
Score Release: Wednesday, February 3
Test Dates: February 20-21, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
Score Release: Wednesday, March 10
Test Dates: April 10-11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements.
Score Release: Wednesday, April 28
Score release notes:
- Projected score release dates are the same for all test takers, regardless of when they test during the week of their LSAT-Flex administration. (Individual exceptions may occur due to special circumstances.)
- Candidates must have an LSAT Writing sample on file before their scores can be released. To help meet this requirement, LSAT Writing now becomes available in test takers’ LSAC accounts eight days prior to the start of each test administration. We strongly recommend test takers complete LSAT Writing at the earliest possible time so that their scores can be released on time.
- We will update score release dates as needed.
Registering for the LSAT-Flex
Who is eligible for the LSAT-Flex?
January, February, and April LSAT-Flex administrations: Registration for these LSAT-Flex administrations is open until the published registration deadlines. All candidates who had previously registered for the January, February, and April 2021 in-person LSATs may choose to take the corresponding LSAT-Flex, or opt out by November 13, 2020, and receive a full refund. The online opt-out form is available in candidates’ LSAC accounts. January, February, and April LSAT candidates who do not indicate their preference by November 13 will be automatically registered for the LSAT-Flex exam that corresponds with their current LSAT registration(s).
How do I register for the LSAT-Flex?
Registration for the February and April LSAT-Flex exams is open. To register, you’ll need to go through the regular LSAT registration process.
During registration, you’ll be asked to select a test center, even though the test will be administered remotely on your own computer in a suitable location of your choice. Please select the test center nearest to where you intend to take your remote test. This is important for administrative and reporting purposes. You will not actually take your LSAT-Flex exam at the test center you select during registration. You can take the LSAT-Flex in any quiet, well-lit, private work area you choose, so long as it has a hard work surface and a strong, stable internet connection.
If you do not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to take your LSAT-Flex exam, please make note of your situation after you register. You can do this through the LSAT-Flex Options form that will appear on the My Home screen of your LSAC online account. Please complete this form no later than the Assistance Request deadline established for each LSAT-Flex administration, so that we can work with you to try to address your needs. LSAC is working to help every test taker have the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT-Flex.
When exactly will the test be administered?
The November LSAT-Flex will occur the week starting Saturday, November 7, 2020. We expect that most test takers will test on either Saturday, November 7; Sunday, November 8; Tuesday, November 10; or Wednesday, November 11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. We will open the scheduling sign-up process about 9 days before the first day of testing in November. We will provide more information and instructions to test takers prior to that time.
The January LSAT-Flex will occur the week starting Saturday, January 16, 2020. We expect that most test takers will test on either Saturday, January 16, or Sunday, January 17, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. We will open the scheduling sign-up process about 10 days before the first day of testing in January. We will provide more information and instructions to test takers prior to that time.
The February LSAT-Flex will occur the week starting Saturday, February 20, 2020. We expect that most test takers will test on either Saturday, February 20, or Sunday, February 21, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. We will open the scheduling sign-up process about 10 days before the first day of testing in February. We will provide more information and instructions to test takers prior to that time.
The April LSAT-Flex will occur the week starting Saturday, April 10, 2020. We expect that most test takers will test on either Saturday, April 10, or Sunday, April 11, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. We will open the scheduling sign-up process about 10 days before the first day of testing in April. We will provide more information and instructions to test takers prior to that time.
Will I be able to choose my testing time?
Yes, test takers can choose the time that works best for their schedules from the available options. Registrants will be notified of the date when sign-ups for specific dates and times will open. Test takers who prefer to test at a certain time of day, or who need a specific start time due to other obligations, should sign up as early as possible, as slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
What will LSAT-Flex cost?
The LSAT-Flex test costs the same as the standard LSAT.
Can I be assured that my test date will not interfere with my Sabbath observance?
Yes. LSAT-Flex exams are administered over several days. Test takers will be able to schedule their LSAT-Flex exam time for non-Saturday or non-Sunday test dates, in accordance with their religious observance.
Testing and Equipment Requirements
What kind of equipment do I need in order to take the LSAT-Flex?
To provide broad availability to test takers, LSAT-Flex can be accessed by test takers with a laptop or desktop computer with either a Windows or Mac operating system.
We encourage test takers to test their machine using ProctorU's convenient tool as soon as they have created their ProctorU account, and to familiarize themselves with the test’s user interface by trying our free practice tests on LawHub. This will ensure that you know how to eliminate and select responses. It is also very important to have a strong and stable internet connection in order to have a successful remote testing experience.
What if I don't have all the equipment that I need to use the remote proctoring option (i.e., a webcam, etc.)?
LSAC is committed to ensuring that every test taker has the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT-Flex. For candidates who do not have the necessary computer equipment or other necessary hardware, we will work with them to try to provide loaner devices or other solutions if appropriate.
Candidates who are planning to take the LSAT-Flex are advised to let LSAC know if they need a loaner device or other assistance by the Assistance Request deadline established for each LSAT-Flex administration. We will work with these candidates to try to address their needs.
What if I don’t have a private and/or quiet room in which to take the test due to my personal living situation during the COVID-19 emergency?
We understand that some candidates may not have access to a quiet or private room in which to take a remotely proctored test, particularly during this time of disruption and social distancing due to the COVID-19 emergency. LSAC is working to help every test taker have the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT-Flex.
Candidates planning to take the LSAT-Flex who need assistance with a quiet or private room in which to test must make note of their situation via the form in their LSAC online account by the Assistance Request deadline established for each LSAT-Flex administration, so that we may work with them to try to address their needs.
How will you ensure that this LSAT-Flex doesn’t create additional barriers for underrepresented candidates, including candidates of color and candidates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds?
LSAC is committed to expanding opportunity and access for candidates who continue to be underrepresented in legal education and the legal profession. Even as we are administering the LSAT-Flex as an emergency measure to provide a safe testing alternative during the current public health emergency, we are very much aware that the COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate impact on many communities. We will try to ensure that every test taker has the equipment and appropriate space in which to take the LSAT-Flex, and we will work with schools and community organizations to try to ensure that the COVID-19 emergency does not set back our and our schools’ ongoing efforts to diversify legal education.
Test Format and Test Sections
What is the LSAT-Flex like?
The LSAT-Flex is very much like the standard LSAT. It is composed of genuine LSAT questions that have been developed and tested in accordance with our rigorous standards and processes. To meet the anticipated demand and the needs of the remote testing solution, LSAT-Flex is composed of three 35-minute scored sections (compared to the four 35-minute scored sections plus an unscored section in the traditional test). Every LSAT-Flex includes one section each of Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. Test takers continue to take LSAT Writing separately from the multiple-choice portion of the test.
How long is the LSAT-Flex?
To meet the anticipated demand and the needs of the remote testing solution, LSAT-Flex is composed of three 35-minute scored sections (compared to the four 35-minute scored sections plus an unscored section in the traditional test). The test takes approximately 2 hours for standard test takers.
In what order will I see the LSAT-Flex sections?
The three sections of the LSAT-Flex (Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension) can appear in any order.
Is there a break during the test?
The LSAT-Flex does not include breaks for standard test takers.
Is the LSAT-Flex inherently easier than the standard LSAT, because it is shorter and has fewer questions?
No. The individual questions and individual sections have similar levels of difficulty as a typical LSAT. Some people may think that the shorter duration of the LSAT-Flex is a benefit. Some people may feel more pressure because they believe that the smaller number of total questions means that each question has a bigger impact. Some people may see taking an online test in their own home as a benefit; other people may see taking an online test in their own home as a source of more distraction.
Given how the COVID-19 emergency has made in-person testing temporarily impossible, we are offering an at-home test to address the needs of candidates and schools. Due to the demands of live online proctoring, the LSAT-Flex had to be designed so it could be accomplished in approximately two hours without a break.
Are you making the Logical Reasoning section on the LSAT-Flex harder, to make up for the fact that there are fewer Logical Reasoning questions?
No. Speculation that we are making the Logical Reasoning section on the LSAT-Flex harder than normal is not accurate. All sections of the LSAT-Flex, including the Logical Reasoning section, are composed of LSAT questions that have been extensively tested and analyzed through the same rigorous item-development and section-development processes that are used for the LSAT. The Logical Reasoning section on the LSAT-Flex is not designed to be harder or easier than a typical Logical Reasoning section on a typical LSAT.
Test and Test-Taker Security
How does LSAC ensure the test is secure?
We know that the security, integrity, and validity of the LSAT are important to candidates and schools, so we are taking many steps to ensure the security of the LSAT-Flex. All LSAT-Flex test takers are monitored by live remote proctors via the camera and microphone in the test takers’ computers. The video and audio feeds are recorded in case further review is necessary.
Can ProctorU get personal information from my computer?
No, ProctorU cannot access your computer files without your knowledge.
What if I was approved for testing accommodations for the in-person LSAT? Will I still have my accommodations with LSAT-Flex?
Yes. LSAC is committed to working with LSAT-Flex test takers with disabilities to see that their accommodation needs are met under the circumstances. All test takers who were approved to receive accommodations for an in-person LSAT test date will receive the same or equivalent accommodations for the test’s associated LSAT-Flex test. LSAC will communicate directly with each registrant with approved accommodations who is scheduled to take an LSAT-Flex exam, regarding their approved accommodations in the context of LSAT-Flex.
Are breaks available as an accommodation on the LSAT-Flex and, if so, are test takers allowed to leave the camera view to use the restroom?
Yes. Both section breaks (breaks in-between each test section) and stop-the-clock breaks are available as accommodations on the LSAT-Flex. If breaks are approved as an accommodation (for any reason), they may be used to leave the camera view and go to the restroom. Note that scratch paper or other materials must remain on the desk and test takers are not permitted to work on the test during breaks. Upon return from a break, test takers should be prepared to show their photo ID and complete a full room scan again just like at the beginning of the test.
Further, any test taker approved to receive 100% or more additional testing time on the LSAT-Flex, or who has been approved to receive a paper-and-pencil or alternative nonelectronic format of LSAT-Flex, will be granted five-minute section breaks upon request with no further analysis or review. Requests for these breaks must be made by the published accommodation request deadline. Applicants can still request any other break(s) as accommodations on LSAT-Flex and are not limited to five-minute section breaks.
I have been approved for accommodations that will make my test appointment much longer than the standard administration. Am I going to be able to take a break at some point during the test?
While the standard administration of the LSAT-Flex does not include any breaks, LSAC understands that accommodated test takers often have a longer testing appointment and therefore may have a greater need for the opportunity to take a break during the test. Therefore, any test taker who has been approved for 100% additional time (or more), or who is taking the LSAT-Flex in a paper-and-pencil format (which may be a longer administration due to the need to open/repackage testing materials), may request five-minute breaks between test sections regardless of their disability or impairment. Test takers with these accommodations simply need to request the five-minute break for their administration by the accommodation request deadline associated with their test date. Test takers can use these breaks to use the restroom even if the need for a restroom break is unrelated to the test taker’s disability.
In addition, breaks between test sections and stop/start breaks are available as accommodations on the LSAT-Flex, and can also be used for the purposes of using the restroom. Please take this into consideration when requesting testing accommodations.
Preparing for the LSAT-Flex
How can I prepare for the LSAT-Flex?
If you want to familiarize yourself with the LSAT-Flex interface so that you will know how to eliminate and select responses, we recommend using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC’s LawHub.
We encourage you to learn more about the technical requirements of the remotely proctored exam and to test your equipment as soon as possible using the information and tool on this page.
Since the proportion of Logical Reasoning questions is different on the LSAT-Flex, how should I prepare? Will Logical Reasoning questions be weighted the same as Analytical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension questions, or will they be counted double?
We are not double-counting Logical Reasoning questions on the LSAT-Flex. The Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension questions on the LSAT-Flex are scored without weighting one section more than another. The LSAT-Flex includes roughly the same number of Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension questions, so if you find one type of question more challenging than others, you may want to focus your preparation on those questions.
Taking the LSAT-Flex
What am I allowed to have with me during LSAT-Flex?
Generally, your desktop must be clear of anything not test-related and should only have:
- Five blank sheets of scratch paper (lined, unlined, or graphed)
- Valid ID
- One or more writing utensils (standard pencil, mechanical pencil, or ink pen, for example)
- A highlighter
- An eraser (no mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves)
- A pencil sharpener
- Soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs
- Beverage in plastic container or juice box (maximum size: 20 oz/591 ml). Aluminum cans are not permitted.
Each of these items must be held up and shown to the proctor during the security check-in procedure. Both sides of each sheet of scratch paper must be shown to the proctor and destroyed in camera view upon test completion.
You may wear an analog (nondigital) wristwatch. The watch may not have a dedicated start/stop functionality independent of telling time, but it may have an altered faceplate and a rotating “diver’s” bezel. Timing devices of any other kind are not permitted.
What kind of identification do I need to take LSAT-Flex?
Every candidate is required to present a valid government-issued photo ID at the beginning of the test. You must use either a passport or a government ID issued in North America. The ID must be current (or it may be expired if the expiration is within 6 months of your test date) and contain:
- A recent and recognizable photo of you
- Your first name (must match your registration)
- Your last name (must match your registration)
- Your date of birth
Please note that by law, U.S. military IDs cannot be photographed and thus cannot be used for this purpose.
What behaviors are prohibited?
Adhering to the highest moral and ethical standards is essential for those in the legal profession. Every test taker is required to sign a Candidate Agreement each time they take the LSAT. Please make sure you read the entire Agreement; rushing through it or ignoring any of it could have serious adverse consequences.
Generally, during the test you may not:
- Communicate with anyone other than your proctor
- Read aloud
- Allow your face to leave the webcam’s view
- Leave your seat
- Run any prohibited software applications
- Access any prohibited materials
- Connect or disconnect any external storage devices
After the test you may not:
- Share details of the test in an oral or written form, which includes sharing content on the internet or through any means or media
- Copy, save, duplicate, or distribute any test material on your computer or any written notes you may have used during the test
The proctor’s instructions must be followed at all times. Any suspicious behavior noted by the proctor will be grounds for immediately ending the testing session. Terminated sessions are subject to score cancellation polices and to LSAC investigations that could lead to a finding of misconduct or irregularity. Any such finding may be shared with the law schools to which you apply.
What electronic devices are prohibited?
One cell phone is allowed for use as a mirror during check-in as instructed by your proctor, but it must be turned off and put away as instructed by the proctor before the test begins. Additional cell phones are prohibited.
Devices that cannot be in the room during LSAT-Flex include timers of any kind, electronic cigarettes, fitness-tracking devices, digital watches, calculator watches, chronograph watches (digital or nondigital), beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), calculators, cameras, recording devices, listening devices (including, but not limited to, headphones, ear buds, air pods, and other electronic listening devices and/or noise-cancelling devices other than generic foam ear plugs), headsets, and iPods and other media players. Please note that tablets, laptops, personal computers, or any other electronic device not being used to take the test are prohibited.
Prohibited electronic devices may not be in the room during the test because they cannot be monitored via your webcam feed. Please be aware that your proctor will not allow you to test if any prohibited electronics are noted during the room scan portion of your check-in. This includes any monitors or desktop computers that happen to be on the desk you may be resting your laptop on during the test. If your session is flagged for a violation during the test, your audio and video data may be referred to for an investigation by the Misconduct and Irregularities Subcommittee. More information can be found at Misconduct & Irregularities and LSAT Candidate Agreement.
What other items are prohibited?
Test takers may not access briefcases, handbags, or backpacks of any kind. Hats or hoods, except religious apparel, may not be worn. Sunglasses may not be worn. Books, printed materials, and any notes written before the start of the test may not be used, accessed, or referenced at any point during your session.
Other nonelectronic prohibited items can remain in the room, but they must be put away and not accessed or referenced during the test.
What if I need headphones, earplugs, or earbuds to take the test?
Starting with the August test, LSAT-Flex test takers may now use soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs, which will need to be shown to and approved by your LSAT-Flex proctor. NOTE: Please ensure that your earplugs will not interfere with your ability to receive instruction from your proctor. Test takers are responsible for adhering to proctor instructions and communications at all times.
In addition, unless a specified accommodation has been granted, test takers cannot wear headphones, earbuds, or anything similar that is not a soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plug. These types of items are unable to be monitored by proctors to ensure a fair and equal testing environment. It’s LSAC’s goal to safeguard your test and score by putting this policy in place to mitigate testing irregularities that could result in the termination of your session or cancellation of your score.
Can I use other computer programs while I take LSAT-Flex?
All LSAT-Flex test takers (with or without test accommodations) are permitted to use external computer programs to make web content accessible, such as screen magnification or keyboard-controlled screen reader software. In order to protect the security of test content, selectable text functionality (i.e., the ability to select text or place the cursor on the screen) is not available on LSAT-Flex or with practice tests in LawHub. Therefore, the computer-based LSAT-Flex is accessible with screen reader software programs that can be controlled and navigated using keystrokes and keyboard commands rather than the mouse and cursor.
If you use screen reader programs or software, please be sure to test the compatibility of your programs with LSAT-Flex prior to the test date. The LSAT-Flex is a high-stakes test, and we want to ensure that all test takers are familiar with the functionality of any accessibility software or programs prior to the date of the exam. Therefore, we recommend that test takers test their equipment and familiarize themselves with the LSAT-Flex interface in advance of the test by using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC’s LawHub. The practice test software is designed to replicate the actual test-day experience with LSAT-Flex. If you require any assistance, please contact accessibility@LSAC.org.
Where should I take the test?
Choose a quiet, well-lit, and private work area where you can complete the test without interruption. A hard work surface is required. It is very important to have a strong and stable internet connection in order to have a successful remote testing experience. Ensure that your workspace is clean and clear of all prohibited items. Your entire face must be clearly visible throughout the test. Once you begin testing, do not move out of view of the webcam or change working environments until the test is over.
What should I wear during my testing session?
Your testing session will be proctored live, and video of your session will later be reviewed by LSAC personnel. Please dress as you would if you were taking the test in person at a physical testing center. Items that can obscure your face from the proctor’s view, such as hats or hoods (with the exception of religious apparel), sunglasses, and headphones, may not be worn.
Will I be able to take breaks during the test?
You are required to remain in your seat with your face in view of the camera throughout the duration of the test. There will be a brief pause between sections, but otherwise no breaks will be given.
What happens if I lose my internet connection, or have other technical difficulties?
In most cases, the remote proctoring system will save your progress and pause the test while the technical issue is resolved, then restart the test and allow you to resume where you left off.
If your connection is interrupted during the test you will be required to complete the security check-in process again before resuming. The proctor will exercise discretion in whether to allow you to resume your testing session more than once should you continue to experience connectivity issues. If you are unable to restore your connection during your scheduled testing window, your testing session will be terminated, and you will be moved to a future registration date.
What if someone else enters the room while I am taking the test?
If someone else enters the room, you must ask them to leave immediately. At the proctor’s discretion, you may continue testing once the person leaves the room. Your testing session will be flagged for further review. You will not be penalized if the interaction is brief and it is evident that no information about the test was communicated.
What if my pet enters the room while I’m taking the test?
If a pet wanders into the room while you are testing, you may continue testing. Your face must be clearly visible throughout the test, and once you begin, you cannot move out of view of the webcam until the test is over.
LSAT-Flex Scores and Law School Admission
How will my LSAT-Flex score relate to a score from the standard LSAT?
Test takers receive a score on the standard 120-180 LSAT range as well as a percentile ranking. Because all LSAT-Flex questions are actual LSAT questions that have gone through a multi-year process of development and pre-testing, LSAT-Flex results enable LSAC to accurately predict standard LSAT scores. If a test taker has a score from a standard LSAT and a score from an LSAT-Flex, those scores will be reported separately and not as an average, and the LSAT-Flex will have an annotation that the test was administered in the online, remotely proctored format.
When will I get my score from the LSAT-Flex?
October LSAT-Flex: We are currently targeting Friday, October 23, as the score release date for all test takers, regardless of when they test during the week of October 3.
November LSAT-Flex: We are currently targeting Tuesday, November 24, as the score release date for all test takers who test during the week of November 7.
January LSAT-Flex: We are currently targeting Wednesday, February 3, as the score release date for all test takers, regardless of when they test during the week of January 16.
February LSAT-Flex: We are currently targeting Wednesday, March 10, as the score release date for all test takers, regardless of when they test during the week of February 20.
April LSAT-Flex: We are currently targeting Wednesday, April 28, as the score release date for all test takers, regardless of when they test during the week of April 10.
We will update these score release dates as needed.
LSAT Writing and Score Release
Beginning with the August 2020 LSAT-Flex administration, each candidate must now have an LSAT Writing sample on file before their score can be released. To help meet this requirement, LSAT Writing now becomes available in test takers’ LSAC accounts eight days prior to each test administration. We strongly recommend test takers complete LSAT Writing at the earliest possible time so that their scores can be released on time.
Writing samples must be processed before they are added to candidates LSAC files. Please note that processing can take up to three weeks from the date the candidate completes LSAT Writing, depending on volume and any flagged issues.
Loaner Devices and Score Release
If you received a loaner device from LSAC, your score will not be released, and a hold will be placed on your account until we have received the device back from you. Please repack the device using the box and return address label provided and ship it back to LSAC via your local UPS drop-off facility within 48 hours of completing your LSAT-Flex.
To find a UPS drop-off facility near you, visit UPS’s Find Locations page.
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 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 after testing has concluded.
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 from the date their score is released 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.
If you are a first-time test taker, this feature is now available for purchase through your LSAC online account.
Can I cancel my LSAT-Flex score?
Yes. 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 (prior to the scoring of your test) by contacting LSAC directly at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001. Please note that this six-day deadline does not apply for first-time test takers who have signed up for Score Preview.
Do I still need to take LSAT Writing? When can I do that, and how?
Yes, LSAT Writing is required, and if you do not already have a completed writing sample on file, you should complete LSAT Writing as soon as possible after you take LSAT-Flex. Beginning with the August LSAT-Flex, all test takers must have a completed writing sample on file before they will receive their score or have their score released to law schools. LSAT Writing is included with your test registration fee and, beginning with the August LSAT-Flex, will be available in your online account eight days prior to every test administration.
Will law schools accept the LSAT-Flex as a valid alternative to the standard LSAT?
Yes. While every school has its own process for admission and candidates should always talk directly to the schools to which they are applying, we have received overwhelming support for the LSAT-Flex from our member law schools. We have not received any indication from any member school that they will not accept the LSAT-Flex as a valid part of a candidate’s application. To the contrary, we have heard from many, many schools thanking LSAC for providing the LSAT-Flex so that candidates have the opportunity to test at a time when the COVID-19 crisis has made in-person testing impossible.
Is the LSAT-Flex a useful predictor of a candidate’s performance in law school, given that the proportion of Logical Reasoning questions is different on the LSAT-Flex than it is on the LSAT?
Yes. The LSAT-Flex is composed of LSAT questions that have been extensively tested and analyzed through the same rigorous item-development and section-development processes that are used for the LSAT. While the proportion of Logical Reasoning questions on the LSAT-Flex is different than the proportion on a standard LSAT, the LSAT-Flex provides law schools with a valuable assessment of a candidate's skill level on the critical reading and reasoning skills that are vital to success in law school, just as the standard LSAT does. Because the LSAT-Flex is a test taken remotely, scores for the LSAT-Flex will have an annotation that the test was administered in the online, remotely proctored format. As always, we want to stress that both the LSAT and the LSAT-Flex should be used in conjunction with a candidate’s academic achievement, work experience, and life experience in a holistic law school admission process.
Future LSAT-Flex Administrations
Will you be giving additional LSAT-Flex test administrations if the COVID-19 emergency continues?
If necessary, yes. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and will follow the direction of public health authorities in determining whether the future in-person LSAT administrations must be canceled in some or all locations. We are making contingency plans so that no matter how the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, candidates will have the opportunity to test. If necessary, additional remotely proctored LSAT-Flex administrations could be a part of the solution.
Will this test format be offered over the long term even when things get better?
It is too soon to speculate on whether the LSAT-Flex format will continue to be offered after the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat to public health and safety. Right now, we are focused on trying to ensure that everyone who wants to take the LSAT to pursue their legal education goals has the opportunity to test, even during this unprecedented time of disruption due to the COVID-19 emergency.