Law school applications in 2020 and 2021 have been a wild ride. For a lot of applicants, the recent LSAT-Flex has helped make pursuing dreams of law school possible, despite the pandemic. However, keeping track of the changes can be tricky. Case in point? LSAC just recently announced additional LSAT(-Flex) test changes 2021-22.
No need to worry! Here’s everything you need to know about the LSAT changes in 2021 and 2022, all in one place. For a quick rundown, take a glance at the Table of Contents. For more detail, follow the links.
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New Remote LSAT: Keeping the Flex Format Through June 2022
If you’re planning to take the LSAT in 2021 and had your fingers crossed the Flex format would remain, congratulations! LSAC, the test-maker, has announced that the LSAT will remain in the Flex form—online, live, remotely proctored—through at least June 2022. What are they calling this new exam? We aren’t sure yet. We’ve heard it called the LSAT-Flex and the “New Remote LSAT.” However LSAC decides to brand the exam, it’s essentially a new-and-improved Flex.
To help students plan, they’ve also announced the LSAT test dates for the 2021-2022 cycle, as well.
If you planned on taking the LSAT with accommodations, or if you need additional resources to take the exam online, know that LSAC has committed to helping students access what they need. This includes high-speed internet, laptops, and even quiet locations to take the test. If you need a loaner device or other resources, get in contact with LSAC ASAP!
Return of the Unscored Section (and Break!)
One big difference between the in-person LSAT and the LSAT-Flex is that the LSAT-Flex doesn’t have an unscored section. Instead of four scored sections and one unscored section, the Flex exams have three scored sections.
Part of that will change as of August 2021. With the introduction of the new remote LSAT, the unscored section will be coming back. As on earlier, in-person tests, this “experimental” section could test any one of the three areas, and it won’t be specially labeled. In other words, you won’t know which the unscored section is while you’re taking the exam. This may seem like a bummer, but it’s important: it helps the LSAC people figure out which items are valid for future tests.
On the plus side, there will now be a break in the LSAT-Flex (woohoo!). It will come between the second and third sections of the exam.
Second LR Section Gone for Good
LSAC has also announced that at least “for the next several years,” the second Logical Reasoning section will not come back. This means that, until August 2021, the entire test is three scored sections. Starting in August 2021, the test will be three scored sections and one unscored section.
Compared to in-person, five-section LSATs, the three-section LSAT-Flex scoring requires some calculations to get from your raw to your scaled scores. However, the scoring is still going to use the same 120-180 scale as before, on the in-person tests (and as it currently does now, in the pre-August 2021 LSAT-Flex!).
In other words? There’s no advantage or disadvantage, score-wise, to taking the exam before or after August. As LSAC puts it, “Because they both contain three scored sections with the same methodology and questions, we anticipate that scores from the current LSAT-Flex and the LSAT beginning in August will be aligned.”
A Final Word on LSAT Test Changes 2021-2022
In response to COVID-19, LSAC, like many test-makers, made some big adaptations. Knowing about the LSAT test changes for 2021-22 in advance, and knowing what to expect on your LSAT-Flex, can make all the difference in your score.