LSAT Testing Options: The Essentials

Taking the LSAT can be a daunting prospect. You likely imagine hours upon hours of studying, and you aren’t wrong. Preparing for the LSAT is a big task. To dispel some of the fears around LSAT test prep, you should make sure you have all of the necessary—but not sufficient!—information to make an informed decision about your LSAT prep plan, whether you are working independently or with one of our expert LSAT tutors. This guide will give you an overview of LSAT testing options, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as info on online LSAT resources.

LSAT Testing Options: What You Need To Know

First things first—you don’t really have a lot of testing options on the LSAT. Traditionally, the LSAT was administered as a pencil-and-paper test several times a year. In 2019, the LSAT switched to a digital format, administered on tablets, but still in person. Then, due to COVID-19 restrictions across the globe, the LSAC canceled the April 2020 in-person LSAT and rolled out the LSAT-Flex, a remote testing opportunity, in May of 2020. Regardless, there has consistently been one de facto option for LSAT testing—the LSAC’s way or the highway. While there remain some questions about whether the LSAT-Flex is here to stay as an alternate to the digital in-person LSAT, for now, the LSAT-Flex is the only testing opportunity until at least April 2021. To make sure you are best prepared, it is highly recommended that you make use of the LSAC’s Prep Plus subscription plan to access real, online LSAT and LSAT-Flex practice tests.

LSAT Testing Options: Digital LSAT vs. LSAT-Flex

Digital LSAT

The digital LSAT is the functionally the same as the traditional LSAT except taken on a tablet. It still consists of two Logical Reasoning sections, one Logic Games section, and one Reading Comprehension section, along with one unscored experimental section and an unscored writing sample, which is taken at a separate time. It is highly likely that this will be an LSAT testing option in a post-COVID world, as the LSAT-Flex was designed as a stop-gap measure to allow students to test safely from a remote location. For more information, check out our detailed overview of the LSAT.

LSAT-Flex

The LSAT-Flex is a modified, remotely-proctored version of the digital LSAT. It is also the only LSAT testing option until at least April 2021. In order to best optimize the LSAT-Flex to a remote format, and to mitigate security concerns, the LSAT-Flex removes one Logical Reasoning section, the experimental section, and all breaks. The writing sample is still required and taken at a separate time. This makes for a shorter test (2 hours vs. 3.5 hours). To learn more, visit our in-depth LSAT-Flex overview.

So, as you can see, LSAT testing options are primarily controlled by the LSAC. While you may have more options post-COVID, you should prepare for the test you have in front of you—as of writing, that is the LSAT-Flex. Here at Inspirica, we tailor LSAT programs to the individual student and can help you prepare for whatever the LSAC throws your way. To get started or learn more, schedule a phone conference with one of our program coordinators!