LSAT changes: New format, additional dates

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced two very big changes to the LSAT, coming in the next year:

  • A digital format for the test. Beginning in July 2019, applicants will take the test on a tablet, rather than on paper. The test content will be the same—this is NOT an adaptive test like some you may have taken in elementary or secondary school (where the questions fed to you change depending on your answers on early questions). It’s just on a tablet, rather than on paper. For the July 2019 test, some test-takers will be assigned the paper-and-pencil version, while others will take the new tablet version. For that July 2019 test sitting only, applicants will be able to cancel their scores AFTER seeing them (rather than before, as is currently the case), and if they do cancel, be allowed to take the test again for free during the 2019-20 test cycle. Beginning with the September 2019 test, all tests will be digital. There’s much more information about this transition available from LSAC here.

  • More test sittings. LSAC will greatly expand the number of times each year the LSAT is available—for 2019-20, that will mean 9 times a year. The full schedule from now through Spring 2020 looks like this:

    Saturday, November 17, 2018
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Saturday, March 30, 2019
    Monday, June 3, 2019
    Monday, July 15, 2019
    Saturday, September 21, 2019
    Monday, October 28, 2019
    Saturday, November 23, 2019
    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Saturday, February 22, 2020
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    Saturday, April 25, 2020

    This shouldn’t really affect when you take the test, except that you’ll have more options. Ideally, you still want to have taken the test in time to apply in November of the application cycle. Scores will still be good for five years.

LSAC has answered some of the basic questions about the digital LSAT on its FAQ here, but look for more detail in the coming months.