Top 10 Things To Know About The Future Digital LSAT

Beginning with the July 2019 LSAT, the LSAC will begin the long-awaited transition from the current paper-and-pencil LSAT to an electronic/digital form of the LSAT.  Here are the Top 10 things to be aware of regarding the conversion:

  1.  The most significant thing about the upcoming digital LSAT, by far, is what is not changing:  i.e., the substance and content of the exam.  The LSAT’s content will remain exactly the same as before, including the same number of sections, same section types, same question types, same amount of time per section, etc.
  2. The transition to the digital LSAT will begin with the July 2019 LSAT, so the upcoming March and June 2019 LSATs will be the same paper-and-pencil test as before.
  3. The July LSAT will have 50% of the students taking the current paper-and-pencil exam, and 50% taking the new digital version – and no, you won’t know until you get there which group you fall into!  The good news?  The July 2019 LSAT is the one time you can cancel your LSAT score after seeing your result.
  4. Beginning with the September 2019 LSAT, the exam will be offered only in a digital format going forward.
  5. The LSAC’s online tutorials show exactly how the new digital LSAT works.  The LSAC indicated that their studies show that test-takers were able to make the transition very easily. Going through the tutorial, I would agree: if you have even modest computer skills, it is very straightforward.
  6. Since there is no difference at all in the content, there is no reason to change the nature of your preparation for the exam, other than to familiarize yourself with the digital LSAT.  Symbolic logic, causation, logic games “trees” and all of the rest of standard-fare LSAT Prep remains just as applicable as before.
  7. One procedural difference is that the LSAT’s ungraded Writing Sample – historically the sixth and final section the LSAT – will now be offered separately from the rest of the LSAT.  The good news is that you do not need to do the Writing Sample after your brain has been fried from doing five prior sections of the exam!  See here for more details on the change to the Writing Sample.
  8. The scoring of the exam, and the speed in which you will get your score on the exam, also will not change.
  9. You now will be given scratch paper, which can be used during the Analytical Reasoning section – that may turn out to be a nice benefit for some test-takers.
  10. Candidly, the biggest impact the change to the digital LSAT is likely to have is on test-takers with extremely minimal computer skills.  If you have even modest experience with computers, the transition is something to be aware of but not something to worry about. But you should go to the LSAC’s online tutorial, spend a little time practicing with it, and see for yourself!
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