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Was there an August LSAT in 2020? Yes, and it was an LSAT-Flex!

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August LSAT-Flex

When LSAC announced that there would be an August test date instead of the traditional September test date in 2020, they did not expect that it would become an LSAT-Flex. But it’s 2020, and surprises are the name of the game. This is now true for the October LSAT and the November LSAT as well.

LSAC has not yet confirmed whether there will be an August LSAT test date in 2021, but check back here for updates!

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August LSAT-Flex Test Dates

The August 2020 LSAT-Flex exam administration was held during the week of Saturday, August 29th to Friday, September 4th.

The majority of test-takers sat for the exam on Saturday, August 29th, Sunday, August 30th, or Monday, August 31st, along with a smaller number of tests administered during the week.

August LSAT-Flex Score Release

The score release date is Friday, September 18th.

Before you receive your scores for the August LSAT, you’ll need to have a completed LSAT Writing sample. Because of this, LSAT opened the Writing section eight days before the test administration. You can complete this at your convenience, but it’ll have to be done before you can get your scores.

There will be a “score preview” option for the August test, which costs $45 if you sign up before your test and $75 after you take the test. (If you have a fee waiver, that will also apply to this option, which you’ll get automatically.) You won’t get your scores any earlier, but you will have six days after their release to decide if you want to keep or cancel them. If you do nothing, your scores will be kept and sent to schools.

Registration (and Auto-Registration)

All students who registered to take the August LSAT in the United States or Canada were automatically registered for the August LSAT-Flex. However, those who preferred not to take the August LSAT-Flex, could choose to receive a coupon for another test date.

Fees

The LSAT-Flex and standard LSAT cost the same amount. If you haven’t already registered for the test, plan to spend $200 on registration.

Upcoming LSAT Test Dates

After August, you will have two more chances to take the LSAT this year:

With both the remaining 2020 LSAT test dates moving online, let’s look at our best strategies and tips for studying for the LSAT-Flex.

Study Tips for the LSAT-Flex

Sign up for LSAT-Flex 101

Magoosh’s free LSAT-Flex 101 course covers everything you need to know about the LSAT-Flex. It includes a free, official LSAT-Flex practice test along with a free trial of Magoosh LSAT Prep.

Take an official practice test.

Find a quiet place, like a library, to take the LSAT-Flex 101 practice test. Try to take the whole thing in one sitting, and be sure to time yourself strictly—it’s critical to accurately assess your starting point.

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. Use our LSAT-Flex score conversion table to estimate your standard LSAT score.

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 fewer 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.

Takeaway

Take the time now to decide which test date 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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