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April LSAT-Flex: What You Need to Know

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If you’re thinking about signing up for the April LSAT, you need to know: it’s now the April LSAT-Flex. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) has announced that all exams through April 2021 will be given in the at-home, online version. So what does the April 2021 LSAT-Flex date mean for you? We’ve got everything you need to know right here. Read on to learn about important registration deadlines, and how best to prep for a flex exam.

 

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COVID-19 and the LSAT-Flex

Due to the disruption of the COVID-19 emergency and continuing uncertainty around 2021 safety measures concerning public gatherings, the April 2021 LSAT-Flex will replace the April 2021 in-person LSAT. LSAT-Flex is a remotely proctored, online exam. 2020 test-takers also had to adapt to this new testing measure; in addition, the January, February, and April 2021 exams are all being given in this format. If you were registered for a 2021 LSAT, you’ll be automatically signed up for the corresponding LSAT-flex instead.

In other words, if your current LSAT registration is for the April 2021 exam, you will be automatically registered for the April 2021 LSAT-Flex. The opt-out with full refund deadline for the April test has already passed (it was in the second week of November 2020). However, it is still possible to change your test date for free up until two weeks before the exam. You can also choose to receive a voucher for a future LSAT instead. Those interested can make the change in their LSAC accounts.

The primary test dates for the April LSAT-Flex are Saturday, April 10, 2021 and Sunday, April 11, 2021. Depending on specific remote proctoring requirements, a small number of tests will also take place later in the week.

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April 2021 LSAT-Flex Dates and Deadlines

The April 2021 LSAT is too late in the cycle to apply for admission in Fall 2021, but it’s a great time to take the exam for the 2022 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.

Primary April LSAT-Flex Dates*

The main April LSAT-Flex administrations are:

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Sunday, April 11, 2021

*The April 2021 LSAT-Flex will also be administered a small number of times during the week of April 11, 2021.

April LSAT-Flex Assistance Request Deadline

  • Sunday, March 21, 2021

If you think you may have trouble accessing appropriate computer hardware (including a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone—LSAC uses audio and video feeds to proctor the exam), an internet connection, or a quiet place to take LSAT-Flex, this is the deadline to request assistance from LSAC.

There are specific technical requirements for the April LSAT-Flex that LSAC can help you access. It’s key to arrange these in advance, as the live remote proctors need to access test-takers’ computer activity to ensure fair exams.

Registration Deadlines for April 2021 LSAT-Flex

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 – LSAT-Flex opt-out deadline
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Regular registration and accommodation request deadline for those with disabilities or circumstances requiring accommodation needs

There are limited slots for each testing time. Registering early will help you to get the testing date and time that works best for your schedule.

April LSAT-Flex Cancellation Deadlines

Need to change your LSAT-flex test date or time? You can cancel your registration or even withdraw your registration if necessary.

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021 – Change your test date or cancel your registration without paying a fee
  • Friday, April 9, 2021 – Late test date change or registration cancellation; $125 fee

LSAT-Flex Score Preview Deadlines

As of August 2020, LSAC provides an optional Score Preview option. This is available for first-time test-takers; it lets you see your LSAT score before deciding whether to keep it on your LSAC transcript and report it to law schools.

The price for this service varies depending on when you sign up for it.

  • Friday, April 9, 2021 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $45
  • Saturday, April 17—Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $75

*If you are a first-time test taker with an approved LSAT fee waiver, you can sign up for Score Preview free of charge.

April 2021 LSAT-Flex Score Release Date

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 – Scores released via test-takers’ LSAC accounts

To access your scores, you’ll need to create an online account with LSAC. This will allow you to view your scores, then send them to law schools, about two weeks after your exam.

LSAT Score Release and the LSAT Writing Sample

To get your LSAT scores, you’ll need to sign up for an LSAC account; you’ll also need to complete LSAT writing. This completed writing sample is a relatively new condition for score release. Because of this, LSAC is opening the Writing section option eight days before each test’s administration. For the April exam, this means you can take the essay starting from Friday, April 2, 2021.

If you’re still focusing on prepping for the multiple-choice portion of the test up until the exam date, you can also take the Writing section after taking the LSAT-Flex. Nevertheless, you’ll need to complete it before you receive your scores.

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Tips and Pointers for the April 2021 LSAT-Flex

  1. Familiarize yourself with the LSAT-Flex.

Dive in with the LSAT-Flex 101 video below!

With a shorter runtime and an entirely remote delivery, the LSAT-Flex test is a big change from the standard LSAT exam. The main sections (Reading Comprehension section, Logical Reasoning section, and Analytical Reasoning section) remain the same—but there’s only one of each, and there’s no unscored section.

To guide you through this change to your law school journeys, Magoosh has put together a free LSAT-Flex 101 course that covers the basics of the online test. It also guides you to all the resources you need to prepare for the exam, including a practice test specially designed to align with the shorter LSAT-Flex format, a score predictor, and study guides.

Not already using Magoosh? You’ll also get a free trial of our LSAT prep, which includes the video lessons we—and our students!—highly recommend.

  1. Take (and score) a practice test.

Sign up for LSAC Official Prep online and take a real LSAT exam from previous administrations in its digital format. These are still formatted like the traditional test given at in-person LSAT administrations, so you may need to adapt them to fit the new LSAT-Flex format. The overall number of questions will be different, meaning that raw scores will be different (though scaled scores for the LSAT-Flex and your corresponding percentile ranking remain the same).

Find a quiet place, like a library, to take the practice test and do the whole thing in one sitting. This is a great time to find a place where you can take the actual LSAT-Flex while respecting COVID-19 restrictions and meet the needs of the remote testing solution. Remember that LSAC is available to help LSAT-Flex test-takers access the materials they need during the COVID-19 situation, including providing loaner devices.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Note that if you choose to take the LSAT earlier than April, it will also be an LSAT-Flex. For more on these options, check out our posts on the January LSAT-Flex and February LSAT-Flex!

Top LSAT Resources and Tips

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

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Takeaway

Take the time now to decide if the April 2021 LSAT-Flex 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 April LSAT-Flex: 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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