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If you’re planning on taking the LSAT in the next couple months (specifically in the next 6 months), you should know about LSAC’s big transition to the digital LSAT.

The Interface

The new test will be taken on a tablet. You will be provided with a keyboard to type out the writing section and scratch paper.

The image above is a sample of what the new test will look like. You will have the option to highlight, strike-out, erase, and flag questions. Additionally you can jump from one question to another. Other than these changes, the test will be exactly the same as the paper version.

LSAC has stated that it will be providing a free online familiarization tool that can be used with any device by the end of the year as well online tutorials. We here at LSAT Engine are also working hard to adjust our interface to match the new format.

Pros and Cons of the Digital Version


  • Minimizes the chances of submitting the incorrect answer that bubbling in an answer sheet had
  • The ability to flag and jump from question to question is also more efficient than flipping from page to page
  • No need to bring a wristwatch anymore; there is a timer provided at the top right corner
  • There will be 9 LSAT administrations in the 2019-2020 testing year, up from the usual 6 administrations. View the new dates here.


  • The reading comp section is no longer viewable in its entirety at once. You have to scroll to read the passage.
  • If you prefer paper, after the transition is made, all LSAT administrations will be digital.

The July 2019 Transition

LSAC has stated that the July 15, 2019 test will be the transition administration. After this date, all LSATs will be administered digitally. When you sign up for this date, you will be randomly assigned a paper or digital version of the LSAT. You do not get to choose. However, there are a few perks to taking the July 2019 test. Regardless of the format, July test takers have the chance to see their score before they decide if they wish to cancel it. Additionally, those who cancel can take the test again for free through April 2020. Those who take the digital version will also be able to see their scores immediately after the test.

Summary and Recommendations

In summary, it looks like the digital test doesn’t look too different from its paper predecessor. For now, it's going to be offered 9 times a year, which may prove to be much more convenient for prospective law school applicants.

If you’re applying to law school in Fall 2019, it may be fruitful to sign up for the next few LSAT administrations through June, especially if you prefer the paper version and have been studying for that version. But if you are willing to try the July 2019 test, the perks offered may also be worth it, namely the cancellation option and the free retake. If you would like to read more, read the LSAC Digital LSAT FAQs and the LSAC press release. Feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions. Good luck!

Posted: 11-13-2018