According to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website, an online remotely-proctored version of the LSAT will be rolled out in May for those who were registered for the April 2020 test. The LSAT-Flex is being introduced to help students deal with the havoc being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. LSAC will make other spring and summer LSAT-Flex dates available if conditions warrant them.
Test centers will reopen for in-person LSATs as soon as circumstances allow. Test-takers can rest assured that all required health and safety measures will be in place before any centers reopen.
LSAT-Flex will be available to students with laptop or desktop computers, using either Windows or Mac operating systems. Your computer will need to have a camera and microphone to communicate with the proctor.
Update: April 29
Due to COVID-19, LSAC has canceled the scheduled June 8 in-person LSAT. Test-takers who are registered for the test will be able to take online LSAT-Flex instead. The June LSAT-Flex will be administered over the week of June 14 with a targeted score-release day of June 30.
LSAC has also announced that all registrants for the canceled April 25 in-person test have been automatically registered for an LSAT-Felx exam on the week of May 18. These test takers may chose to switch to a different LSAT date.
What can I expect from the LSAT-Flex experience?
The LSAT-FLEX will be very similar to the standard LSAT. The questions will be the same, but the test will be timed differently. There will be three 35-minute scored sections (instead of the traditional test’s four 35-minute scored sections plus an unscored section). Each LSAT-Flex will consist of one section each of multiple-choice questions in:
- Reading comprehension
- Analytical reasoning
- Logical reasoning
Students who do not already have a writing sample from a prior LSAT should complete the LSAT Writing as soon as possible after taking the LSAT-Flex. Most law schools will not deem your file complete without the LSAT Writing. It is included with your test registration fee and will be accessible in your online account starting the day you take your LSAT-Flex.
The total test should take approximately two hours to complete.
LSAT-Flex scores should be released approximately two weeks after the test. The test will be scored exactly as the standard LSAT is. Since LSAT-Flex questions are actual LSAT questions, LSAC will be able to predict standard LSAT scores (in the range of 120-180). The scores will have a note that the test was administered on-line and remotely proctored.
More LSAT-Flex details to come soon
The exact date and instructions for the May LSAT-Flex will be announced no later than April 17. Test-takers with disabilities who were approved for the April 2020 test date will receive the same or equivalent accommodations for the May LSAT-Flex test.
LSAC is hard at work creating new ways for candidates to take the LSAT and receive their scores in a timely manner.
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