WHEN IS THE LSAT OFFERED? LSAT TEST DATES 2023-2024
AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
The LSAT used to be offered only four times a year. However, in 2019, the LSAT was administered nine times; that’s almost once a month! What does this mean for you? Well, more LSAT dates mean more opportunities to take the LSAT exam and more time to study. Previously, there were only four LSATs you could choose to take in a given year. Some of us arranged our entire schedules around those tests. Now, however, you can choose the date that suits your busy life without feeling pressured to squeeze in LSAT test prep. And since you’re taking it at home, you don’t need to worry about choosing from various LSAT test centers—some of which may or may not have been next to a practicing orchestra.
See below for upcoming LSAT test dates:
|2023-2024 LSAT TEST DATE||SCORE RELEASE DATE||Registration Deadline||REGISTER Date||SUGGESTED PREP DATES|
|January 13 and 14 2023||February 1, 2023||December 1, 2022||Closed||Start November 2022|
|February 2023 (February 10 and 11)||March 1, 2023||December 27, 2022||Closed||Start December 2022|
|April 2023 (April 14 and 15)||May 3, 2023||March 2, 2023||Now||Start January 2023|
|June 2023 (June 9 and 10)||June 28, 2023||April 25, 2023||Now||Start March 2023|
|August 2023 (August 11 and 12)||August 30, 2023||June 29, 2023||Now||Start May 2023|
|September 2023 (September 8 and 9)||September 27, 2023||July 25, 2023||Now||Start June 2023|
|October 2023 (October 13 and 14)||November 1, 2023||August 31, 2023||Now||Start July 2023|
|November 2023 (November 10 and 11)||November 29, 2023||September 28, 2023||Now||Start August 2023|
|January 2024 (January 12 and 13)||January 31, 2024||November 30, 2023||Now||Start November 2023|
|February 2024 (February 9)||February 28, 2024||December 26, 2023||Now||Start December 2023|
|April 2024 (April 12)||May 1, 2024||February 29, 2024||Now||Start January 2024|
|June 2024 (June 7 and 8)||June 26, 2024||April 23, 2024||Now||Start March 2024|
A Note on Registering Early
The AAMC announced 30 MCAT test dates for 2020. There are three test dates in January, and then a break before testing resumes in mid-March. Starting on March 14, tests are administered frequently until early September, with the final test date being September 12, 2020. Scores are released roughly one month after the test date. Registration for January-June MCAT exam dates will open October 16, 2019, but pre-registration begins October 8, 2019. Registration for July-September MCAT dates opens in February 2020.
Remember, popular MCAT centers and dates go fast, so we strongly recommend you pre-register and make a game plan.
MCAT Registration Dates
Registration NOW OPEN for the January - June MCAT exams
Registration Opens February 2020 for the July - September 2020 MCAT exams
* For MCAT registration, scheduling, or test location questions, contact the MCAT Program Office at 202-828-0690 or aamc.org/mcat
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What Is the LSAT?
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.
How Much Does the LSAT Cost?
The current LSAT registration fee is $215. However, there are additional fees to keep in mind if you’re applying to law school:
LSAT Registration Fee: $215
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Fee: $195
Law School Report: $45 each
How Do You Register for the LSAT?
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.
Can You Change Your LSAT Date or LSAT Test Center?
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).
Who Needs to Take the LSAT?
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.)
Who Can Take the LSAT? & When Should You Apply to Law School?
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.
What Is LSAT-Flex?
The LSAC-Flex is a shorter, remote LSAT exam created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders. The LSAT-Flex is two hours long (instead of the usual fours) and is 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 will still be 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.
Who Is Eligible to Take LSAT-Flex?
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.
How Do I Prep for LSAT-Flex?
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.
How Do I Calculate My LSAT-Flex Score?
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.
What’s on the LSAT?
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.
1 Section 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 Logic Games: There are 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 must make deductions about the situation using the rules. You might be asked to determine the order that runners finish a race or the kennels in which various dogs must be kept. Many students find logic games to be the toughest part of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), so here are some free logic games examples.
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, Reading Comprehension, or Logic Games 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
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.
How Is the LSAT Scored?
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.
How Do I Prepare for the LSAT?
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.
How Long Should I Prep for the LSAT?
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!
When Should I Take the LSAT? How Do I Choose an LSAT Date?
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.
How Many Times Can I Take the LSAT?
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
- Three times in a single testing year (the testing year goes from June 1 to May 31).
- Five times within the current and five past testing years
- A total of seven times in a lifetime
What Is a “Passing” LSAT Score?
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.
What Is the Credential Assembly Service?
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.
Where Do I Start?
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.
|2023 LSAT TEST DATE||SCORE RELEASE DATE|
|January 2023 (January 13 and 14)||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|
|2024 LSAT TEST DATE||SCORE RELEASE DATE|
|January 2024 (January 12 and 13)||January 31, 2024|
|February 2024 (February 9)||February 28, 2024|
|April 2024 (April 12)||May 1, 2024|
|June 2024 (June 7 and 8)||June 26, 2024|