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Taking the April LSAT in 2020? Here’s What You Need to Know.

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If you’re thinking about signing up for the April LSAT, we’ve got everything you need to know right here. Read on to learn about important registration deadlines and how best to prep for the April exam.

Update: Big News! LSAC just launched their new Official LSAT Prep, which you will want to check out for your upcoming April LSAT test!

April 2020 LSAT Dates and Deadlines

The April 2020 LSAT is too late in the cycle to apply for admission in Fall 2020, but it’s a great time to take the exam for the 2021 admission cycle. It’s early enough in the application process that you can retest if needed, or if you get the score you want on the first try, then you’ll have lots of time to get the rest of your application ready.

Let’s start with the most important date: the test will be administered on Saturday, April 25th at 8:30am. (If you’re not a morning person, consider one of the other test dates with an afternoon start time!)

If that date works for your schedule, and you’ll have at least 3 months to dedicate to studying, then keep reading to find out all the crucial deadlines.

Registration Deadlines

  • March 3, 2020 Non-published test center registration deadline.
  • March 10, 2020 – Regular registration and accommodation request deadline.
  • April 7, 2020 – Photo upload deadline for regular administration.

Be sure to ready early because there is limited seating at many of the test center locations. Make sure you get the test center you want.

April 2020 LSAT Cancellation Deadlines

After you register, you can still change your test center location or test date. You can also cancel your registration, or, if you miss the cancellation deadline, you can withdraw your registration.

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  • March 31, 2020 – Deadline to change your test date, your location, or cancel your registration without losing your entire registration fee.
  • April 24, 2020 – Deadline to withdraw your registration completely. You will not be able to receive a refund at this point or use the fee towards another test date.

Note: to change your test date, or your test center, you will have to pay an additional $125.00. And even if you cancel by April 24, you will only receive a partial refund of your registration fee.

April 2020 LSAT Score Release Dates

Last year LSAC phased out its traditional practice of releasing scores through the mail, and now is only releasing scores via email.

To receive an email containing your LSAT score report, you must create an online account with LSAC, so I’d recommend setting up an online account as soon as possible. And as an added bonus, you can also use this account to send your scores to law schools.

For the April 2020 LSAT, the score release dates haven’t been published yet, but we’ll post them here as soon as they’re available. So be sure to check back soon!

Tips and Pointers for the April 2020 LSAT

1. Take and score a practice test.

Sign up for LSAC Official Prep online and take a real LSAT exam from a recent year in its digital format. Find a quiet place, like a library, to take the practice test and do the whole thing in one sitting.

Note: You can also get access to LSAC Official Prep with an LSAT prep subscription to Magoosh.

Be sure to time yourself strictly—it’s critical to accurately assess your starting point.

Use the answer keys to determine your score. More importantly, look at how many questions you missed in each section to help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these is critical to structuring your LSAT prep.

2. Determine your goal score.

If you don’t already know your goal LSAT score, start researching schools to learn what score you’ll need to be competitive. If you’re considering top 100 schools, you’ll need a really good LSAT score and a very solid application.

3. Build a study plan.

The final step is to estimate how long it will take you to get from your current score to your goal score. For most people, that’s somewhere in the range of 2-6 months, with the average being around 3 months.

So, if you need to increase your score by less than 10 points, you’re in great shape. However, if you’re trying to improve by more than 10 points in two months, you have a real challenge ahead of you. Consider postponing to the June or July LSAT to give yourself a few more months to prepare.

Top LSAT Tips

Here are three of our favorite tips and strategies, whether you are just beginning your prep or are perfecting those LSAT skills:

  • 10 LSAT Study Tips You Should Know Before You Test
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  • Takeaway

    Take the time now to decide if the April 2020 LSAT is right for you by:

    • Determining your starting LSAT score based on a practice test;
    • Setting your goal score based on your target law schools; and
    • Establishing how much time you need, and how much time you actually have, to dedicate to LSAT prep.

    Once you go through these steps, you’ll feel confident making your decision on which LSAT test date is right for you.

    Whenever you decide to take the LSAT, remember the key to getting your best score on the LSAT is making sure you have sufficient time to prepare.

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    2 Responses to Taking the April LSAT in 2020? Here’s What You Need to Know.

    1. mary November 14, 2019 at 6:28 PM #

      i would like to become a lawer when i am older i am only 15 right now but i am working really hard to be one but i was wondering if you might have any tips for me or something i can read about being one

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM #

        Hi Mary!

        Thanks for reaching out to us. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you’re interested in being a lawyer.

        You’re absolutely welcome to start preparing early, but there’s a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind. 🙂

        1) You still need to focus on getting into college, so other exams like the SAT or ACT might have more priority.
        2) You’ll also need to focus on your GPA. 😀

        While it’s certainly not “too soon” for you to start studying and preparing to be a lawyer, those are definitely some things you should think about. 🙂 If you’d really like to start preparing, I’d recommend slowly building a foundation that will help you do well on the LSAT (and in school too!) as opposed to jumping into very specialized LSAT prep. For example, it’s never too early to read things that will develop your reading comprehension (New York Times, Economist, etc.)!

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