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Taking the September LSAT? What You Need to Know

With the July LSAT soon to be history, you only have three more options for an LSAT test date this year:

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Monday, November 25, 2019

With so few dates left for 2019, let’s look at all the crucial dates you need to know for the September 2019 LSAT, along with our best strategies and tips for studying for the September LSAT.

September LSAT Reminder

September LSAT Will Be Digital

One important thing to know about the September 2019 LSAT is that it will be the first all digital LSAT. That means all test takers will take the LSAT digitally at the testing center and take the writing sample online at home.

The format will be the same as past LSATs, but you should take some time to get familiar with the digital LSAT software and layout. You don’t want any surprises on the day of the test!

September LSAT Dates and Deadlines

If you’re planning to take the September LSAT, mark the following dates on your calendar:

Registration Deadlines

  • July 24, 2019 – Non-published test center registration deadline (for those of you who live far away from and can’t travel to a published test center)
  • August 1, 2019 – Regular registration and accomodation request deadline.
  • August 29, 2019 – Photo upload deadline.

If you’re unsure about registering for a non-published test center, review the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) instructions regarding non-published test centers. Also, there is limited seating at many of the test center locations, so be sure to register as soon as possible to get the test center you want.

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Deadline to Change or Withdraw Your Registration

Once you register, you can still change your mind about your test date or your test center location, or withdraw your registration.

  • August 21, 2019 – The deadline to change your test date, your test center, or withdraw your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • September 20, 2019– The last possible day to withdraw your registration. You will not be able to receive a refund at this point or use the fee towards another test date.

If you decide to change your test date, or your test center, you will have to pay an additional $125.00. Also, even if you cancel by August 21st, you are only going to get $50 of your $200 registration fee back.

And remember, even though you can receive a refund up to a certain point, choose your test date carefully. Give yourself enough time to study—a three month timeline works for most test takers.

September LSAT Score Release Dates

While LSAT scores have been mailed to test takers in the past, starting with the September 2019 LSAT, all scores will be emailed. According to the LSAC, scores should be emailed on Monday, October 14, 2019, so watch your inboxes!

Tips and Pointers for the September LSAT

  1. Take 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.

  1. Determine your goal score.

If you haven’t already, start reviewing LSAT score ranges for the law schools you’d like to attend. If you’re considering top 100 schools, you’ll need to have a very competitive LSAT score and a solid application.

  1. Build a study plan.

The final step is to figure out 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. We have a wide range of study plans available.

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, you have a challenge ahead of you, and you’ll need extra time to study.

Top LSAT Tips

Here are some of our favorite pointers, whether you are just starting to study or are polishing up your LSAT skills:

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The deadline to register for the September LSAT is quickly approaching. Take the time now to decide if the September LSAT is right for you by:

  • Determining your starting LSAT score;
  • 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 deciding which LSAT test date is right for you.

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2 Responses to Taking the September LSAT? What You Need to Know

  1. Will July 31, 2019 at 1:45 PM #

    Individuals impacted by Barry in New Orleans . LSAC rescheduling these 2 hours away . Majority of them have no transportation , and even though they were proactive when relocated and sent multiple emails They are being waitlisted. Told up to a 100 miles . When they attend Tulane . This seems unfair. Is there a point of contact for this. Other than the robo answering system.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 15, 2019 at 7:53 PM #

      Hi Will,

      Unfortunately, we aren’t involved with LSAC or LSAT scheduling, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. The only recommendation that I can give you is to keep contacting LSAC for more information.

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