What Is a Non-Disclosed LSAT?

What is a non-disclosed LSAT? This would probably be a bad question to ask yourself if you’ve already taken the LSAT, and that particular LSAT happened to be in February. Although, I should probably qualify that even further. It’s only a bad question if you took the February LSAT and you weren’t happy about your score! If this is the case, read on.

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On the other hand, if you haven’t signed up for the LSAT yet, consider this your official warning. Some tests don’t disclose which questions you got right or wrong. This is important, especially if you plan on taking the LSAT more than once, which you make likely do if you’re aiming for a score that will get you in one of these top 100 law schools.

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What Normally Happens When Your Score Comes In?

Typically, once you take the LSAT and your results come in, here is what you can expect, along with your actual score, percentile, and writing sample:

  1. A copy of all the test questions.
  2. A copy of your multiple choice answer sheet.
  3. A copy of the correct answers, which hopefully matches just about all of your answers.
  4. The score conversion table.

This is really helpful if you plan on taking the exam again. You’ll be able to see which questions you missed, and determine what you need to work on before you take the next exam. It’s great! But, with the non-disclosed LSAT, it’s a different story.

The Non-Disclosed LSAT Gives You Nothing — Mostly

For the record, just about all the test dates disclose your scores, just as described above. There are four test dates each year, and only the February exam is non-disclosed.

So unfortunately, if you took the LSAT in February, outside the United States, Canada, and Caribbean, or you happened to take a braille or Saturday Sabbath Observer exam, you will not get much in the details department.

You will get your score, your percentile, and your writing sample, but that’s it. While you will be privy to your actual score, you will have no clue what your strengths and weaknesses were. So if you need to take the LSAT again, this could be a major disadvantage.

Putting it Together

The purpose of this article isn’t to scare you away from the non-disclosed LSAT dates. I took the LSAT in February, and it worked out just fine for me. I really just want you to be informed so you can strategically decide on the best date to take your exam. If you only plan to take the test once, or this is your last time taking the test, then by all means, take the February LSAT.

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    Randall earned his JD from the University of Denver in 2013. He received his BA in Communications and Social Science from the University of Washington in 2010. Randall took the LSAT twice, and managed to improve his score by 14 points the second time around. He paid the price of learning to score high on the LSAT and hopes to help other potential law students avoid similar pain.

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