The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) is rolling out a couple of changes for test-takers this summer. First, the LSAT is going digital. It’s about time, right? As a former admissions committee member, reading handwritten LSAT writing samples was a struggle. I counseled many applicants to take the sample seriously – committees read it – and to try not writing like a serial killer. Seriously, some writing samples were hard to get through. A digital test is great for all constituents!
Benefits of the new digital LSAT: Eliminating human error
The good folks at LSAC very slowly pursued this new computerized format for good reason: they were developing their own platform to best serve the integrity of the test. In July, LSAC will administer the test digitally to half of the test-takers after years of research and planning. Those taking the test digitally will receive a tablet with their registration information preloaded, streamlining the entire process from start to finish. No separate answer sheets or No.2 pencils needed. No longer will admissions committees receive an LSAT addendum with the sentences – “I realized I mis-bubbled a whole section on the answer sheet” or “The proctor did not announce time remaining appropriately.” These types of human error will become obsolete as takers are answering directly on the tablet and will have onscreen time notifications. It appears the test will be user-friendly in all facets.
Digital LSAT tip: Stay cool!
Hopefully, the years of research and planning will mean a smooth rollout in July and all possible issues will have been contrived and solved prior to administration. If you are one of the lucky July tablet test-takers, remember to keep your cool in the face of any malfunctions – LSAC will have extra tablets on hand to swap out almost immediately and know that all of your work will be saved every ten seconds or so. The LSAC is confident that they are ready for the transition to digital and will provide test-takers with the best exam experience available.
As a test-taker, remember, even in its new user-friendly iteration, the LSAT should not be taken lightly. Study and prepare in advance. Don’t take an official test “to see how you will do.” That is why practice tests exist. Check out a free resource to prepare for the new digital LSAT test at Khan Academy, an LSAC partner. The new format should be good for all. Let’s hope the rollout is successful!
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