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February LSAT-Flex: What You Need to Know

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As you may have seen if you’ve been following recent LSAT administrations, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) turned most of 2020’s exams into online, at-home LSAT-Flex tests. They’ve recently announced that this will be the case going forward, through at least April 2021. This means that if you’re planning to take the February LSAT, you’ll actually need to plan to take the February LSAT-Flex. To get you set up, we’ve compiled all the important dates you need to know here—along with our best advice on getting the most out of your February 2021 LSAT-Flex prep.


 

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COVID-19 and the LSAT-Flex

Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the disruption of the COVID-19 emergency around the globe, LSAC has chosen to deliver the February 2021 LSAT via the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex, instead of its traditional in-person testing format.

If your current LSAT registration is for a February test administration and you want to take the February LSAT-Flex, you don’t need to do anything. You will be signed up for the corresponding LSAT-Flex. test-takers who were previously registered for the February 2021 in-person LSAT will be automatically registered for the February 2021 LSAT-Flex, unless they choose to opt out by November 13, 2020 (in order to receive a full refund). You can access the opt-out online form through your LSAC account, as long as you do it by the appropriate week of November.

The first day of testing for the February 2021 LSAT-Flex administrations will be the same as the previously announced in-person test. The majority of test-takers will take the LSAT-Flex on Saturday or Sunday of that week, although some tests will take place later in the week based on demand and specific remote proctoring requirements.

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February 2021 LSAT Dates and Deadlines

One important thing to note about the February LSAT is that it is late in the application cycle. This means you definitely will not have time to retest, so plan to test earlier if you can—or use the February test as an early test date for the next year’s application cycle.

Primary February LSAT-Flex Dates*

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021

*The February 2021 LSAT-Flex will also be administered a small number of times during the week of February 20, 2021.

LSAT-Flex Assistance Request Deadline

  • Sunday, January 31, 2021

If you anticipate any difficulties accessing appropriate computer hardware, an internet connection, or a quiet place to take LSAT-Flex, this is the deadline to request assistance from LSAC.

LSAT Registration Deadlines

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 – LSAT-Flex opt-out deadline
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – Regular registration and accommodation request deadline

There are limited slots for each testing time, so be sure to register early to get the testing date and time that works best for your schedule.

LSAT Cancellation Deadlines

Even after you register, you can still change your mind about your testing date or time. You can also cancel your registration, or, if you miss the cancellation deadline, you can at least withdraw your registration.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021– Change your test date or cancel your registration without paying a fee.
  • Friday, February 19, 2021 – Late test date change or registration cancellation; $125 fee.

LSAT Score Preview Deadlines

In August of 2020, LSAC began offering an optional Score Preview feature, available for first-time test-takers who want to see their LSAT score before deciding whether to keep it as part of their LSAC transcript and report it to law schools.

The new Score Preview option changes in price* depending on the date test-takers sign up for it by:

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $45
  • Saturday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 6, 2021 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $75

*First-time test-takers who have an approved LSAT fee waiver can sign up for Score Preview free of charge.

LSAT Score Release Date

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021– Scores released via LSAC account

Be sure to create an online account with LSAC—you will be able to view your scores and send them to law schools starting about two weeks after the exam.

LSAT Writing and the February 2021 LSAT-Flex

Before you can get your February LSAT-Flex score, you’ll need to submit your writing sample online. This doesn’t have to be done at the same time that you take the rest of the exam, but it must be done before LSAC will send your scores to you.

To accomodate test-takers at home, the LSAC is opening up the writing sample (a.k.a. the essay) eight days before the test’s administration, meaning that it will be accessible from Thursday, February 11.

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Tips and Pointers for the February LSAT

  1. Familiarize yourself with the LSAT-Flex format.

Start by watching the LSAT-Flex 101 video below!

With a shorter runtime and a completely remote delivery, the LSAT-Flex is a big change from the traditional in-person LSAT exam.

To help you with the transition, Magoosh has put together a free LSAT-Flex 101 course that covers the basics of the test, plus all the resources you need to prepare for the exam, including a practice test specially designed to align with the shorter LSAT-Flex, a score predictor, and study guides.

And if you’re 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.

Take an LSAT-Flex practice test.

An online test is best, as you’ll be familiar with the instructions and feel of the test day experience ahead of time. This is also a great opportunity to ensure you have all the necessary equipment you need for the actual LSAT: an appropriate place to take it while respecting COVID-19 restrictions, as well as reliable internet, so that you can do your best work with clarity and with no ongoing disruption. If you need materials or support, this is a good time to request it from the LSAC. They’re providing extensive assistance, including free loaner devices where necessary.

In addition, you can get a feel for the two-hour limit and receive your score. Look at how many questions you missed in each section (the Logical Reasoning section, Analytical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension) and to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these will allow you to structure your preparation accordingly.

  1. Determine your goal score.

If you haven’t already, start researching schools and determine the score you’ll need to be competitive. If you’re considering top 100 schools, you’ll want to have a very solid application in addition to a great LSAT score.

  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. That means taking the February 2020 LSAT is going to put you on a tight schedule, particularly if you are taking an incremental approach to studying.

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 might want to hold off on the February 2020 LSAT and consider a spring or summer date (there are additional administrations of the LSAT-Flex, including April LSAT-Flex administrations, in 2021) to give yourself a little more time to prepare.

If you do decide to take your LSAT-Flex on a different date, check out our posts on the January LSAT-Flex or April LSAT-Flex!

Top LSAT Resources

Looking for additional LSAT-Flex information? Whether you are just getting started or are polishing up those LSAT skills, these resources can help:

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Takeaway

Take the time now to decide if the February LSAT-Flex is right for you by:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the LSAT-Flex;
  • Determining your starting LSAT score based on a practice test;
  • Setting your goal score based on your target law schools; and
  • If you need to increase your score by more than 7 points, considering a spring or summer testing date.

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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One Response to February LSAT-Flex: What You Need to Know

  1. Agnes November 28, 2017 at 11:49 AM #

    This was so encouraging thank you! I was worried about taking the LSAT in February but this gave me hope. 🙂


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