In July 2019, the LSAT went digital, and in March 2020, LSAC® launched their Official LSAT Prep platform to help future law students prepare for this high-stakes exam in the same format that they will see on test day.
Official LSAT Prep offers two subscription levels: LSAT Prep (free) and LSAT Prep Plus ($99 for premium access).
If you’ve gotten used to buying books of official tests to practice with (like the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests series), listen up, because LSAC’S Official Prep is now going to be your #1 go-to resource for preparing for the digital LSAT instead. We’re pretty sure EVERYONE is going to be using this now.
Here’s everything you need to know regarding how to make the most of LSAT’s platform and LSAT Prep and Prep Plus platform! (Note: this is not Khan Academy LSAT Prep – that’s different!)
How do I access LSAC’s Official LSAT Prep for the Digital LSAT?
You can create an individual account on LSAC’s test prep page on their site.
For a direct link to log in go to LawHub: https://lawhub.lsac.org
You may also be able to sign up for an account as part of an LSAT prep course that is offered by a licensee of official LSAT questions, like Magoosh.
How much does official LSAT Prep and Prep Plus cost?
LSAC® offers a free version of this digital library- called LSAT Prep – with two previously administered exams, currently PrepTest 71 and PrepTest 73.
The paid version of LSAT Prep Plus costs $99 for 12 months of access, and includes over 70 official tests from previous LSAT administrations.
While $99 isn’t cheap, for the amount of PrepTests you get – over 70 – it’s a bargain compared to what was previously available in book form.
What’s included in LSAT Prep Plus?
LSAT Prep Plus includes over 70 previously administered tests from recent years – almost every single disclosed test from the mid-1990s to 2019 (with the potential for more recent tests to be added in the future).
How do I use Official LSAT Prep or LSAT Prep Plus?
After creating an account, you’ll be able to select individual PrepTest exams to practice with in either “self-paced” or “exam” mode.
In self-paced mode, you’ll be able to reveal the correct answers as you practice. After you complete practice sections, you’ll be able to see your overall count of correct and incorrect answers on a section and go back and review your answers.
In exam mode, you’ll be able to take a timed official exam just as you would on test day. You’ll take complete sections of an exam and won’t be able to see your answers until the end. You’ll also see a timer so you can practice your pacing, and if you have extended time (or just want to give yourself a little more time in practice) you can adjust the time allowed per section from the default section timing. Note: you’ll be able to pause a test in exam mode while practicing on Official LSAT Prep, but you won’t have the option to do that during the actual exam.
If you are working with a company or tutor that licenses official practice questions from LSAC, your practice on the LSAT Official Prep site may be integrated into your course or study plan. For example, your tutor or study plan may recommend you take a certain Logic Games section in self-paced mode and another as part of a practice test. If you sign up for LSAT Official Prep or Prep Plus as part of a third-party LSAT prep program, check in with that test prep provider to see how to make best use of this platform as part of your studying.
Magoosh LSAT offers prep plans for both the free version of LSAT Prep and for the paid version of LSAT Prep Plus.
What if I can’t afford to pay $99?
With a basic Official LSAT access account, you’ll be able to access two tests: PrepTest 71 and 73. That’s definitely a good start for official material, but as we discuss below, if these are the only official tests you are going to use, you should be very judicious in how and when you use them in your prep (don’t waste them!).
Bonus tip: You can get a third free official test from LSAC as well, the June 2007 test, from some test prep companies, including Magoosh.
If you have a fee waiver from LSAC, you’ll also be able to get free access to the Prep Plus library. Some test prep companies also offer free prep for fee waiver students (again including Magoosh!): you can see a complete list of these companies on LSAC’s site here.
Does LSAT Official Prep Plus have any features for students with accommodations?
Yes! We’re pretty pleased to see that students will have the ability to adjust their timing on sections when they take practice tests on the official platform, since nailing your timing is so crucial for the LSAT.
When should I sign up for LSAT Official Prep?
We recommend signing up for a free account as soon as you are thinking about taking the LSAT to check out what the platform looks like; however, if you are only planning on using the free tests (PrepTests 71 and 73), you should reserve those for when you are well into your studying to take as stand-alone practice tests.
If you are looking for an additional official LSAT test to take as a diagnostic, Magoosh has one here (the June 2007 LSAT) with complete expert text AND video explanations for every single question!
If you sign up for the paid LSAT Prep Plus subscription, you’ll have access for 12 months, which is more than enough time for most serious LSAT studiers. Sign up when you are beginning your prep (ideally 3-9 months before you plan to take the LSAT), and this should be enough time for you to fully utilize the platform and have time to use it for an LSAT retake or two if you need to do that.
How can I incorporate LSAT official prep into my study plan?
Since the LSAT is now a digital test, we recommend that you take practice tests in the digital format as much as possible, and so LSAC’s Official Prep will likely be essential for your preparation. It’s certainly ok to take paper tests for practice as well, but remember that taking a paper test is a very different experience from taking an online test. For example, you can’t scribble in notes in the margin of the digital LSAT the way you would be able to on a paper test. So you should get used to practicing with the digital interface and using a notepad on the side for scratch paper, just like you will on the real deal. If you have access to a Microsoft Surface Go tablet (or a similar tablet), that’s even better, as it will more closely mimic the exact technology you’ll be using on exam day.
What you won’t currently find on LSAT Prep or LSAT Prep Plus, however, is explanations for the correct answers to these official questions, so you’ll need another source for this – like Magoosh online LSAT Prep, where you’ll be able to practice with official questions and immediately review expert written and video explanations for every single one.
Magoosh also has LSAT study schedules ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months in duration. For most students, we recommend starting with our free official practice test as a diagnostic and then beginning strategy and concept review, focusing on your weakest areas, and then taking at least 3-5 practice tests spaced over the course of your prep.
How do I upgrade my free LSAC Prep account to LSAT Prep Plus?
If you have a Magoosh Starter subscription, you can upgrade your account to one of our Premium prep plans that includes LSAC Prep Plus and only pay the difference (click on the upgrade message on your dashboard or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you set up!)
If you would like to upgrade on your own to LSAC Prep Plus, you can do so by clicking on your profile in the upper righthand corner when logged into LSAT Official Prep and you’ll see an upgrade option.
Have you tried out the new LSAC Official Prep platform? Let us know what you think of it in the comments!