2024-2025 LSAT Test Dates and LSAT Score Release Dates

Reviewed by: Matt Riley

The LSAT exam is administered around eight times throughout the year for students planning to attend law school. Most students will have the option to take the exam either remotely while proctored live, or in-person at a Prometric test center. It is important to know that the registration deadline for each exam is about six weeks prior to the actual LSAT test date, so if you plan on testing in-person at a test center rather than remote, be sure to register early to ensure space. This six week period is also a crucial time to solidify any prep and study needs for best results once locked into a test date. After completing the LSAT, expect to receive your scores about three weeks later.

See below for upcoming LSAT test dates:

Taking the LSAT in August 2024 or later? All LSAT administrations from August 2024 onward will no longer have a Logic Games Section. Instead, the new LSAT will include two Logical Reasoning Sections, one Reading Comprehension Section, one unscored Experimental Section, and an updated LSAT Writing prompt.

January 2024 (January 10,11,12, and 13)January 31, 2024November 30, 2023ClosedStart November 2023
February 2024 (February 9 and 10)February 28, 2024December 26, 2023ClosedStart December 2023
April 2024 (April 11, 12, and 13)May 1, 2024February 29, 2024ClosedStart January 2024
June 2024 (June 6, 7, and 8)June 26, 2024April 23, 2024ClosedStart March 2024
August 2024 (August 7, 8, 9, and 10)August 28, 2024June 27, 2024NowStart May 2024
September 2024 (September 4, 5, 6, and 7)September 25, 2024July 23, 2024NowStart June 2024
October 2024 (October 1, 2, 4, and 5)October 23, 2024August 22, 2024NowStart July 2024
November 2024 (November 6, 7, 8, and 9)November 27, 2024September 26, 2024NowStart August 2024
January 2025 (January 15, 16, 17, and 18)February 5, 2025December 3, 2024NowStart November 2024
February 2025 (February 7 and 8)February 26, 2025December 24, 2024NowStart December 2024
April 2025 (April 10, 11, and 12)April 30, 2025February 27, 2025NowStart January 2025
June 2025 (June 5, 6, and 7)June 25, 2025April 22, 2025NowStart March 2025

LSAT stands for Law School Admission Test, and it’s administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Basically, it’s a test of logic and argumentation (more on this below). This sets the LSAT apart from other pre-graduate level standardized tests like the GRE or the GMAT, which mirror the SAT and ACT that you are likely familiar with; those exams test reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The LSAT is offered about eight times per year. The LSAT testing year generally runs from August through June.

The LSAT will be offered eight times in 2024: January 2024, February 2024, April 2024, June 2024, August 2024, September 2024, October 2024, and November 2024. There is no LSAT in March, December, May, or July in 2024.

There is no such thing as an easier or harder LSAT—objectively speaking. A particularly tough LSAT will likely result in lower raw scores across the board. This means you can miss more questions and still get the same scaled score as an “easier” test with higher average raw scores. Unfortunately, this is not something anyone can predict before the test happens.

The current LSAT registration fee is $238. However, there are additional fees to keep in mind if you’re applying to law school: 

LSAT Registration Fee: $238 
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Fee: $207
Law School Report: $45 each

You can register for the LSAT on the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) website before the test’s application deadline. To register, you’ll need to create an LSAC account, choose your preferred test center, and pay the registration fee.

Yes! Things happen and sometimes you need to reschedule your LSAT or take it at a different test center. Rescheduling your LSAT or changing your test center costs $135, and you must do so through your LSAC account by the posted registration deadline (which is usually about four weeks before the exam date).

The LSAT is the only test accepted by all 203 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), so we recommend the LSAT for anyone who wants to go to an ABA-accredited law school. (Sidenote: don’t go to a non-accredited law school. Trust us.)

You can take the LSAT as early as your freshman year of college. However, LSAT test scores are only valid for five years. If you’re planning on applying to law school after college, you might be better off waiting until your junior or senior year.

The LSAC-Flex was a shorter, remote LSAT exam created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders. The LSAT-Flex was two hours long (instead of the usual fours) and was comprised of three scored 35-minute sections: 1 Logical Reasoning Section, 1 Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) Section, and 1 Reading Comprehension Section. The LSAT Writing Section was available as a separate section to be completed within one year of the LSAT-Flex date. The LSAT-Flex was only offered through June 2021 and is no longer available.

Only students whose in-person LSAT was canceled by LSAC will be allowed to take the corresponding LSAT-Flex. The LSAT-Flex was only offered through June 2021 and is no longer available.

Despite the shorter format, prepping for the LSAT-Flex is not that different from prepping for the normal LSAT. You probably already prepped for the LSAT before your Flex exam was even announced. Once you know you're taking the LSAT-Flex start practicing allocating your time differently. It's likely Reading Comprehension will now have a bigger impact on your test score, since one LR section was removed, so make sure you've saved enough time get through RC. However, you should always dedicate the most prep time on the skills and sections you have the most trouble with. You can continue taking normal LSAT practice tests to help you build endurance—just be sure to replicate the same conditions as test day! The LSAT-Flex was only offered through June 2021 and is no longer available.

If you take normal practice LSATs, your score will be one or two points higher than what you would get on your LSAT-Flex. You can also use this online calculator to determine what your Flex score will be. The LSAT-Flex was only offered through June 2021 and is no longer available.

The LSAT is composed of four 35-minute sections (plus the Writing Sample), only three of which actually factor into the score that law schools receive.

2 sections of Logical Reasoning: The Logical Reasoning section has 24-26 multiple-choice questions. Each question consists of a brief paragraph – usually an argument – a question about the contents of the paragraph, and five answer choices.

1 Section of Reading Comprehension: There are four passages, each featuring between five and eight associated multiple-choice questions, which, like Logical Reasoning, also have five answer choices. Since 2007, one of the passages is split into two shorter passages that relate to one another.

1 Unscored Experimental Section: During the exam, you will get one extra Logical Reasoning or Reading Comprehension section that won’t be scored. This “Experimental” section allows the makers of the LSAT to test out questions they plan to use on future exams. You will not know which section is the experimental while you’re taking the exam.

1 Unscored Writing Section: You’ll be given a prompt that presents two possible courses of action that a person or group is considering, and you must write an essay advocating for one of the two courses of action. This will be sent to law schools along with the rest of your application materials. For many years, the Writing section was the last section you had to take on test day. But in June 2019, this section was removed from test day. You can now complete the Writing section on your computer at home within one year of your exam date. You also now only have to do the LSAT Writing section once. So if you’re retaking the test, you do not have to retake the Writing section.

Prior to August 2024, the LSAT had an additional section called Logic Games: There were four games, each featuring between five and seven associated multiple-choice questions. Each game outlines a situation and gives rules governing that situation, and you had to make deductions about the situation using the rules. You might have be asked to determine the order that runners finish a race or the kennels in which various dogs must be kept. Many students found logic games to be the toughest part of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Here are some free logic games examples.

The normal LSAT (pre-COVID) had six 35-minute sections (2 LR sections, 1 LG section, 1 Reading Comp section, 1 Experimental Section, and 1 Writing Section), only four of which actually factored into scores.

When people talk about their LSAT “score,” they’re usually talking about their scaled score, which is a number between 120 and 180. However, when you take the LSAT, you actually receive three scores:

Raw Score: This is simply the number of questions you get right. Every question is worth exactly one point in your raw score, and there’s no guessing penalty. 

Percentile Score: This refers to the percentage of other test takers whose raw score you topped. For example, if you scored in the 99th percentile, that means 99% of other test takers had the same raw score as you, or a lower raw score than you. Those percentages don’t just reflect the single LSAT administration you took, by the way, but rather are averaged over several years of LSAT administrations.

Scaled Score: This is that number between 120 and 180. 120 is the lowest score on the scale, and 180 is the highest. Each number on that scale corresponds fairly closely to a certain percentile score. For instance, a score of 172 almost always means you scored in the 99th percentile, and a score of 151 almost always means you scored in the 51st percentile. However, the raw score that corresponds to a given scaled score changes a bit from test to test. LSAC decides which raw score is going to correspond to which scaled score based on a variety of factors, like the total number of questions on the test and the difficulty of the questions.

You may also sometimes hear people talk about the “curve” of a given LSAT. This is a more informal way to discuss how the LSAT is scored. When people talk about the “curve,” they’re usually referring to the number of questions you can get wrong and still earn a 170 (since that’s a round, aspirational score to discuss). On some exams, you can get as many as 14 or 15 questions wrong and still get a 170 (these tests would be said to have a “-14” or “-15” curve). On some tests, you’ll need to get as few as 8 or 9 questions wrong to earn that same score (these tests would have a “-8” or “-9” curve). Most exams have a “-10,” “-11,” or “-12” curve. While every LSAT will include some very difficult questions, exams with  “-14” or “-15” curves will have feature many abnormally difficult questions, and an exam with a “-8” or “-9” curve will feature fewer difficult questions, or the difficult questions will be less demanding than usual. You won’t know what the curve of your LSAT will be ahead of time, but all LSATs work out to become more or less equally difficult.

Some people can wake up one morning and decide to take the LSAT without preparing for it (if they registered, of course). However, most of us will need some amount of studying and LSAT test prep. Since we all retain information differently, LSAT prep is not one-size-fits-all. The method that works for you will likely depend on your schedule, goals, learning preference, and location. There are a few common ways LSAT courses are offered: 

  • Online Courses: These courses are fully online and are usually composed of on-demand video lessons, making them ideal for someone with a busy schedule or who would rather prep for the LSAT at their own pace. 
  • Live Course Courses: The perfect hybrid of online and in-person courses. Live Course courses are taught by an instructor and live-streamed at set times a few days per week. You get the interaction of an in-person course with the convenience of a virtual learning experience.

You’ll want to devote between two and four months to prep for the LSAT. Blueprint's Live Course and 170+ Course runs between two and eight months, but students can choose to access the Self-Paced Course before and after the class ends for additional practice. People retaking the LSAT might be able to get away with less prep time, as long as they understand what their strengths and weaknesses are—working with a private tutor is great for that!

The short answer: take the LSAT when you’re ready, but “ready” can be subjective. We advise students to sign up for an LSAT date that will give them enough time to prep without feeling like they’re taking too much on or ignoring other responsibilities. 

You need to also think about when you’re applying to law school and when applications are due. If you are planning to apply to law school in the same year that you’re taking the LSAT, you should try to take an LSAT administered earlier in the year, if possible. Since most law schools begin accepting applicants as soon as September, it’s better to apply early in the application cycle (September or October) rather than later (January or February of the following year). You will need a reportable LSAT score, so it’s better to take the LSAT earlier in the year, provided you have enough time to study with LSAT prep courses to get your score back in time.

It’s not uncommon to retake the LSAT more than once to earn a competitive score. Just remember there are rules for how many times you can take the LSAT

  • Five times within the current reportable score period (i.e., since June 2017)
  • A total of seven times over a lifetime

Good news: you can’t fail the LSAT. 120 is the lowest score you can receive, but it doesn’t mean you failed the exam. The LSAT score you need is the score that will help you get into the law school of your choice—and that varies by school. Law schools take a holistic look at you as an applicant, and will take into account your LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, and overall application. Fortunately, you can at least estimate your chances of admission using Blueprint’s Law School Compass. Play with the numbers to see what LSAT score you would need to increase the likelihood of getting accepted to different schools.

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is the reporting method that LSAC uses to send your information and LSAT scores to law schools. This is similar to the Common Application you likely used to apply to your undergrad school. After you send your transcripts to LSAC and have your recommenders send their letters to LSAC, the CAS will summarize your grades, compile your letters of recommendation, and send everything required in one big report to each law school you apply to.

Nearly all ABA-approved law schools require you to apply using the CAS. There is a cost to use the CAS ($195), plus a cost for sending a report to each law school that you apply to ($45). LSAC allows you to purchase bundled packages that include the LSAT, the CAS, and law school reports to help reduce your costs. 

If you’re sure you want to take the LSAT, this is a great place to start! First, choose an LSAT test date and decide when you want to take the LSAT based on your schedule and when you plan on applying to law school. Then, check the LSAC site to see if registration is open for the test you’ve picked. Once you’ve registered for your LSAT date, it’s time to choose your prep. If you’re not sure which LSAT prep is right for you, you can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our LSAT Advisors to help walk you through your options. If you want a taste of the LSAT, sign-up for our free LSAT Practice Bundle to take a diagnostic exam.

January 13 and 14 2023 February 1, 2023
February 2023 (February 10 and 11) March 1, 2023
April 2023 (April 14 and 15) May 3, 2023
June 2023 (June 9 and 10) June 28, 2023
August 2023 (August 11 and 12) August 30, 2023
September 2023 (September 8 and 9) September 27, 2023
October 2023 (October 13 and 14) November 1, 2023
November 2023 (November 10 and 11) November 29, 2023
March 2022 (March 11) March 30, 2022
April 2022 (April 29) May 18, 2022
June 2022 (June 10) June 29, 2022
August 2022 (August 12) June 29, 2022
September 2022 (September 9) September 28, 2022
October 2022 (October 14) November 2, 2022
November 2022 (November 11) November 30, 2022
January 2021 (January 16) February 1, 2021
February 2021 (February 20) March 10, 2021
April 2021 (April 10) April 29, 2021
June 2021 (June 12) July 1, 2021
Week starting August 14, 2021 TBD
Week starting October 9, 2021 TBD
Week starting November 13, 2021 TBD

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