Once again, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) will be changing up the LSAT beginning in August 2021. However, unlike the temporary changes LSAC instituted to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, these new changes will be around for at least a few years.
This article will explain what you need to know about these updates and how you can best prepare to get your dream score on the LSAT.
1. Say goodbye to the 3-Section LSAT Flex
Though the LSAT will remain online in the short term, LSAC will be doing away with the 3-section format. From August 2021 onward, LSAC will be bringing back an experimental (unscored) section in addition to the 3 sections that count.
The test will now be constructed as follows (in no particular order):
LSAC is implementing this change to test possible questions for future exams. Again, don’t fret! Your score will continue to be determined solely based on the three scored sections and will be graded on the 120-180 scale.
2. Small breaks
Yes – we know how stressful this may have been for other students (some going as far to even wear a diaper during the exam)! However, future LSAT-Flex takers will be allowed to have one 10-minute break between the second and third sections.
However, those that leave their chair during the break will have to complete a new security screening before beginning the latter half of the test.
3. The 4-Section format is here to stay (at least for the next 2-3 years)
LSAC has announced that this new format will stay for at least the next 2-3 years.
4. Online Testing is here to stay (until at least June 2022)
LSAC has also announced that they will continue to offer the LSAT in the “online, live remote-proctored format” through June 2022. However, they may offer an option to take the LSAT in-person at testing centers. Note, though, that this will be optional at least through June 2022.
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