When the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) launched LSAT-Flex in response to COVID-19, they didn’t know how long a remote version of the exam would be needed. However, they have now announced that all exams through June 2022 (at least) will be remote exams, removing the uncertainty for test-takers. So, if you’re considering taking the January 2022 LSAT, you should actually be prepping for the January remote LSAT.
Wondering what a remote LSAT is? Need to get your ducks (and dates) in a row? Here’s what you need to know for the January 2022 remote LSAT!
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COVID-19 and the Remote LSAT
Following public health guidance about the ongoing COVID-19 situation around the globe and public gatherings, LSAC has decided to deliver all LSATs through at least June 2022 in the remote LSAT format.
This is different from in-person testing in several ways; notably, testing happens throughout the week instead of on just one day. The majority of test-takers will take the LSAT 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.
January 2022 LSAT Dates and Deadlines
One important thing to note about the January 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 if you don’t have the available time, use the January test as an early test date for the next year’s admissions cycle.
Primary January Remote LSAT Dates
- Week of January 15, 2022
LSAC has not yet announced the specific dates for this administration. Check back for updates as more information becomes available!
January Remote LSAT Assistance Request Deadline
- Sunday, December 19, 2021
If you anticipate any difficulties accessing appropriate computer hardware, an internet connection, or a quiet place to take the remote LSAT, this is the deadline to request assistance from LSAC.
Registration Deadlines for Remote January 2022 LSAT
- Friday, December 3, 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.
January 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.
- Friday, December 3, 2021 – Change your test date or cancel your registration without paying a fee.
- Monday, December 13, 2021 – Late test date change or registration cancellation; $125 fee.
Remote LSAT Score Preview Deadlines
In August of 2020, LSAC began offering a optional new Score Preview option, 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.
This service changes in price* depending on the date test takers sign up for it by:
- Friday, January 14, 2022 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $45
- Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 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.
January 2022 Remote LSAT Score Release Date
The LSAC has not yet announced the score release dates for the January LSAT in 2022–check back for more info as it becomes available!
In the meantime, 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 Score Release and the Writing Sample
In order to get your score for the January LSAT, you’ll need to complete the LSAT writing sample (also known as just the “essay”). To accommodate this, LSAT opens the Writing section option eight days before each test’s administration. In the case of the January exam, this means you’ll be able to access the section from Friday, January 8.
You can also take the Writing section after taking the LSAT. However, be aware that you’ll need to complete it before you receive your scores.
Take the time now to decide if the remote January LSAT is right for you by:
- Familiarizing yourself with the LSAT;
- 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. Keep in mind that studying for the January LSAT will fall over the holidays.
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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