If you’re planning on taking the August LSAT in 2021, it’s important to be aware: the August LSAT is remote. However, this August remote LSAT shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been following LSAT news. In spring of 2021, LSAC announced that they would continue to administer the LSAT remotely through at least June 2022.
If you need to take the test this year but wanted to take it in person, that won’t be an option (at least in the US)–your best bet is to prepare well for the remote format. The October LSAT and the November LSAT will be remote LSATs as well.
Changes to the August LSAT
Along with their news about the fully remote LSAT over the next year, the LSAC also announced that some important changes will be taking place for the August remote LSAT. An unscored section will return, and there will be a break between the second and third sections. But there’s still only one scored Logical Reasoning section–that second one’s not making a comeback anytime soon.
August LSAT Test Dates
The remote August 2021 LSAT exam administration will be held during the week of August 14, 2021. Specifically, those dates will be:
- Saturday, August 14, 2021
- Sunday, August 15, 2021
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021
August LSAT Score Release
August LSAT scores will be available in your LSAC account as of Friday, September 10, 2021.
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)
The registration deadline for the August remote LSAT is Friday, July 2, 2021. This is also the deadline for accommodation and assistance requests.
The remote LSAT costs the same amount that the in-person LSAT did, so don’t worry about additional fees. 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 2021 LSAT test dates moving online, let’s look at our best strategies and tips for studying for the remote LSAT.
Study Tips for the Remote LSAT
Sign up for LSAT-Flex 101
Magoosh’s free LSAT-Flex 101 course covers everything you need to know about the remote LSAT. 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.
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!