August 2020 LSAT = “LSAT-Flex” Format

While it isn’t a surprise, the LSAC announced that the August 2020 LSAT also will be offered in the new “LSAT-Flex” format. In addition, they announced several important new rules and policies pertaining to the LSAT which LSAT Prep students should know. The entire content of the letter is listed below. For those who want the key takeaways, here they are:

  • The August 2020 LSATs will be offered in the “LSAT-Flex” format due to the coronavirus.
  • Those taking the LSAT-Flex in August will have a “score-preview” option allowing first-time test-takers to see their LSAT scores before deciding whether or not to cancel.  (Yes, LSAC is charging a fee for that service – $45 before you take the test, and $75 after you take the test (but undoubtedly before you see your score.)
  • The cost of the “score-preview” option will be waived for students who receive a fee waiver for the LSAT.
  • Students must take the separately administered LSAT Writing sample before they receive their LSAT score (but not necessarily before they take the LSAT).
  • The LSAC has been receiving information from law schools suggesting that the ungraded LSAT Writing sample may be considered and read more now that the LSAT is being offered in a digital format. [As a side note, all ScoreItUp courses come with a detailed online tutorial discussing the LSAT Writing sample in detail, including specific step-by-step instructions on how to write a very effective LSAT Writing sample.]
  • The LSAC has detailed instructions and FAQ’s on their website (see below for details).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mark@scoreitup.com.  Please the letter sent by the LSAC to August test-takers (reprinted in full below).

 

Full content of the letter that LSAC sent out to August LSAT-takers:

[Dear LSAT Applicant]:

We hope you are staying safe, healthy, and strong during these challenging times. 

Because you are currently registered for the August 29 LSAT, we want to share several important announcements about the August test:

  • Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, we will offer the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex in August, instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for August 29 in the U.S. and Canada. The LSAT-Flex gives candidates the opportunity to earn an LSAT score and continue their law school journeys despite COVID-19 restrictions on travel or public gatherings. The August LSAT-Flex will be administered starting Saturday, August 29. Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. Due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration, this will be an undisclosed test. We are targeting Friday, September 18 as the score release date.
    The second half of this email provides more detail on next steps, assistance, and familiarization resources.
  • In response to requests and feedback from test takers, we have created a new score preview option for first-time test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether or not 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 you may sign up during a specified time period after testing has concluded for $75. 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 to decide if they want to cancel or keep their score. If they take no action their scores will be added to their LSAC file and released to schools at the end of the six-day period. This feature will be available for purchase starting around August 1.  
    Note: First-time test takers who have an approved LSAT fee waiver will receive score preview free of charge.
    You can learn more about the score preview option at our website: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/lsat-scoring/about-score-preview
  • In response to feedback from our member law schools, we are reinstating the requirement that all test takers must have a completed LSAT Writing sample on file before they will receive their score for the August LSAT-Flex or future tests.The writing sample has been a required part of the LSAT for decades, and law schools expect to see your LSAT writing sample when they review your application. Indeed, many schools have reported that they find the writing sample even more valuable due to the improved readability of the online LSAT Writing format introduced June 2019. To help candidates complete the writing portion of their test, we will now open LSAT Writing eight (8) days prior to every test administration. Candidates may complete their LSAT Writing at the time and date that is most convenient to them but must have a completed writing sample in their file in order to see their score or have their score released to law schools.
    Note: Candidates only need one writing sample. August (or future) test takers who already have a writing sample on file from a previous exam do not need to complete a new LSAT Writing sample.
    For more information about LSAT Writing, see https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/about-lsat-writing

What you need to do next

Because you are currently registered for the August 29 LSAT, you may take the August LSAT-Flex or opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future test between October 2020 and April 2021. Please visit your LSAC account and submit the online form with your choice. If we do not hear from you by July 15, you will be automatically registered for the August LSAT-Flex on or about July 16. Note: You may withdraw from the August LSAT-Flex any time up to August 21, 2020 and receive the coupon. After the August 21 deadline, coupons are not available.

LSAC is working to help every test taker have the equipment and other resources they need to take the LSAT-Flex. If you do not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to test, you can make note of your situation via the same online form in your LSAC account no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, August 9, 2020. We will work with you to try to address your needs.

Because the August LSAT-Flex is an online, remotely proctored test, we are able to offer a variety of test start times for you to choose from. We will open the scheduling sign-up process in mid-August, so that you can select the available time that works best for you. We will send more information and instructions prior to that time.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our LSAT-Flex Frequently-Asked-Questions page, where you can find more information about the LSAT-Flex, including answers to your questions about the test’s format, security, and technical requirements, as well as how best to prepare.

If you want to familiarize yourself with the format and content of the LSAT-Flex, we recommend using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC’s LawHub.

If you are a first-time test taker and wish to purchase the score preview option described above, keep an eye out for an announcement of its availability on or about August 1. And remember that if you have not previously completed an LSAT writing sample, you must complete LSAT Writing before we can release your score to you or to any law schools.

Stay safe and stay focused on your legal education journey — the world needs your voice and your advocacy now more than ever!

Sincerely,

Susan L. Krinsky
Senior Vice President for Candidate Services, Chief of Staff, and Director of Enrollment Management
Law School Admission Council

 

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