Taking the June LSAT? What You Need to Know

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The June 2021 LSAT is actually an LSAT-Flex! That’s right: the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the test-maker, has recently announced that they’ll be continuing the at-home, online LSAT for at least the next year. So what do you need to know about the June LSAT-Flex? Here are key details about registration, the Flex experience, and prep!

 

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COVID-19 and the LSAT-Flex

The LSAC put the LSAT-Flex into place in 2020 to provide a safe way for test-takers to take the LSAT at home. Because the COVID-19 pandemic still makes public gatherings unsafe, they have decided to continue the LSAT-Flex through June 2022.

The LSAT-Flex is a remotely proctored, online exam. All 2021 LSATs thus far have been LSAT-Flex tests. The LSAC

The test dates for the June LSAT-Flex will be in the week of June 12, 2021: Saturday, June 12;
Sunday, June 13; and Tuesday, June 15, in the U.S.
International testing will take place on Thursday, June 17 internationally.

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June 2021 LSAT-Flex Dates and Deadlines

The June LSAT-Flex is a great opportunity to take the exam if you’re applying for the 2022 admission cycle. (It won’t work for Fall 2021 admissions in the vast majority of cases–classes start in three months.) It’s early enough in the application process that you can retest if needed. On the other hand, 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 without the LSAT weighing on your mind.

Primary June LSAT-Flex Dates*

The main June LSAT-Flex administrations are the week of June 12, 2021. As we mentioned above, primary U.S. test dates are:

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  • Saturday, June 12, 2021
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021

International testing will take place on Thursday, June 17.

June LSAT-Flex Assistance Request Deadline

  • Sunday, May 16, 2021

If you’re among those who may have trouble getting ahold of anything necessary to take the exam–the computer hardware (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—you can request assistance from LSAC.

LSAC’s assisted thousands of students with loaner devices, internet access, and appropriate places to test during the LSAT-Flex. However, because of these specific technical requirements, it’s key to make arrangements early.

Registration Deadlines for June 2021 LSAT-Flex

  • Friday, April 30, 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.

June LSAT-Flex Cancellation Deadlines

If you have to change your LSAT-flex test date or time, go to your online LSAC account. There, you’ll be able to can cancel your registration or even withdraw your registration if necessary.

  • Two weeks before your test date or earlier – Change your test date or cancel your registration without paying a fee
  • Less than two dates before your test date – Late test date change or registration cancellation; $125 fee

LSAT-Flex Score Preview Deadlines

This past year, LSAC has begun to offer an optional Score Preview option. If you’re taking the exam for the first time, this service lets you view your LSAT score. That way, you can decide if you want to keep it on your LSAC transcript (and eventually let law schools see it).

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

  • Day before the first session of an administration – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $45
  • During or after the first session of an administration – 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.

June 2021 LSAT-Flex Score Release Date

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 – Scores released via test-takers’ LSAC accounts

Here’s how to get your scores: create an online account with LSAC. This account will let you view your scores and 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 June exam, this means you can take the essay starting from Friday, April 4, 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 June 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.

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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 August or October LSAT to give yourself a few more months to prepare.

Note that if you choose to take the LSAT before June (or actually in 2021 at all), it will also be an 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 June 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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