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Is there an August LSAT in 2020? Yes!

In more strange 2020 news, the LSAC announced that there will be an August test date instead of the traditional September test date. We don’t yet know whether or not this is a permanent change, but is was the first in a long line of changes to the 2020 LSAT testing schedule.

To summarize: LSAC announced an August 2020 LSAT test instead of a September test in 2020. Then, in response to COVID-19, LSAC canceled the regular March, April, June, and July LSAT administrations, and instituted the new LSAT-Flex exam for the months of May, June, and July.

The August exam administration will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 8:30am. The registration deadline for the August 29, 2020 test is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The score release date is TBD.

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

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020

With so few LSAT testing options left in 2020, let’s look at the crucial dates you need to know for the August 2020 LSAT, plus our best strategies and tips for studying for the August test.

Is the August LSAT an LSAT-Flex?

As of this moment (late June, 2020), the August LSAT is not an LSAT-Flex—it is a typical LSAT exam. However, this is subject to change depending on that status of COVID-19 and stay-at-home policies in each state. We will keep you posted, and you can also check LSAC’s Coronavirus and the LSAT updates here.

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Bold Prediction: I don’t have any inside information, but if I were a gambler, I’d put money on the August LSAT becoming an LSAT-Flex. I’d expect LSAC to announce this change in mid July. What do you think? (Leave a comment to let me know!)

August LSAT Dates, Deadlines, and Fees

If you’re aiming to take the August LSAT, plan to spend $200 on registration, and mark the following dates on your calendar:

Registration Deadlines

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (11:59pm ET): This is the main registration and accommodation request deadline.
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (11:59pm ET): This is your photo upload deadline

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. LSAC notes that they will not extend deadlines for students who experience technical difficulties when registering after business hours.

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. But it will cost you!

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (11:59pm ET): This is the deadline to change your test date and/or test center, or withdraw your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • Friday, August 28, 2020 (11:59pm ET): This is 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 center, you will have to pay an additional $125. Also, even if you cancel by July 29th, you are only going to get $50 of your $200 registration fee back. Learn more about fees here.

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.

August LSAT Score Release Dates

While LSAT scores have been mailed to test takers in the past, beginning with the September 2019 LSAT, LSAC now mails all LSAT test scores. LSAC has not yet announced a score release date for the August test.

Study Tips for the August LSAT

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.

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.

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

The deadline to register for the August LSAT is quickly approaching. Take the time now to decide if this 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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