LSAT Will Go All Digital

October 3, 2018

The Law School Admission Test will be all digital, abandoning its traditional paper-and-pencil approach, starting after July 2019. The Law School Admission Council, which runs the test, said that the structure and substance of the test will not change, only the way it is given, which will be on tablets loaded with special software. The time frame for the shift is designed to recognize that some people have been preparing for the test in its current format, and so the council said it did not want to spring a sudden change on them. The LSAT will, effective with the change, be given nine times a year, up from the current six. The move comes at a time when the LSAT is facing increased competition from the Graduate Record Exam, recognized by a growing number of law schools.

An analysis from Kaplan Test Prep urges those considering taking the LSAT to do so before the change so they can fully prepare using existing materials that are based on the paper-and-pencil test. But the analysis notes that the shift "follows the trend that we have seen among all major graduate-level admissions exams over the past decade."

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