January LSAT-Flex: What You Need to Know

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This post references the LSAT-Flex, which was offered through June 2021. As of August 2021, the LSAC is offering the remote LSAT instead. Though much of the below information is still relevant to the new remote LSAT, check out key changes to the remote LSAT to ensure you understand the differences and info on 2022 test dates! We will be updating this post closer to the 2022 administration.

When the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) launched LSAT-Flex in response to COVID-19, they didn’t know how long it would be needed. However, they have now announced that all exams through April 2021 (at least) will be LSAT-Flex exams, removing the uncertainty for test-takers. So, if you’re considering taking the January 2021 LSAT, you should actually be prepping for the January LSAT-Flex.

Wondering what the LSAT-Flex is? Need to get your ducks (and dates) in a row? Here’s what you need to know for the January 2021 LSAT-Flex—along with our top tips for preparing for the LSAT!


 

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COVID-19 and the LSAT-Flex

Following public health guidance about the ongoing COVID-19 situation around the globe and public gatherings, LSAC has decided to deliver the January 2021 LSAT via the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex, instead of its traditional in-person testing format. This also applies through future administrations of the LSAT-Flex through at least April 2021.

Test-takers who were previously registered for the January 2021 in-person LSAT will be automatically registered for the January 2021 LSAT-Flex, unless they choose to opt out by November 13, 2020 (in order to receive a full refund). You can access the online opt-out form through your LSAC account. In other words, your current LSAT registration for January means that you have been signed up for the corresponding LSAT-flex administration.

The January 2021 LSAT-Flex administrations will begin on the same date 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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January 2021 LSAT-Flex 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.

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Primary January LSAT-Flex Dates*

  • Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • Sunday, January 17, 2021

*The January 2021 LSAT-Flex will also be administered a small number of times during the week of January 18, 2021.

January LSAT-Flex Assistance Request Deadline

  • Sunday, December 20, 2020

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.

Registration Deadlines for January 2021 LSAT-Flex

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 – LSAT-Flex opt-out deadline
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – 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-Flex 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, January 2, 2021 – Change your test date or cancel your registration without paying a fee.
  • Friday, January 15, 2020 – Late test date change or registration cancellation; $125 fee.

LSAT-Flex 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 15, 2021 – Deadline to purchase LSAC’s Score Preview for $45
  • Saturday, January 23 – Wednesday, January 27, 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.

January 2021 LSAT-Flex Score Release Date

  • Wednesday, February 3, 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 Score Release and the Writing Sample

In order to get your score for the January LSAT-Flex, 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-Flex. However, be aware that you’ll need to complete it before you receive your scores.

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Tips and Pointers for the January LSAT-Flex

  1. Familiarize yourself with the LSAT-Flex.

Start by watching the LSAT-Flex 101 video below!

With a shorter runtime and a completely remote delivery, the LSAT-Flex test 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 format, 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.

With this online test, you can get a feel for the two-hour limit and receive your score. Use this score as feedback about your current familiarity with the test. Look at how many questions you missed in each section and determine your strengths and weaknesses. (Is Logical Reasoning your Achilles Heel? Analytical Reasoning? Reading Comprehension?) LSAT-Flex tests the same material as the regular LSAT, and knowing these will allow you to structure your preparation accordingly—including how many practice tests you end up taking in the future.

This is also a great time to make sure you have an appropriate place to take the exam. You’ll want somewhere quiet, where you can do your best work with clarity. This means having reliable internet without any ongoing disruption in the background. If you’re struggling to find the right place, contact LSAT, and they will do their best to help you find the necessary equipment and space you need (even offering free loaner devices in some cases) while respecting COVID-19 restrictions.

  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. Because an incremental approach to LSAT study works best, for most people, that’s somewhere in the range of 2-6 months (check out these LSAT schedules to see what this could look like). That means taking the January 2020 LSAT is going to put you on a tight schedule.

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 March or April LSAT-Flex administrations and giving yourself a few more months to prepare.

If you decide to take your LSAT-Flex on a later date, check out our posts on the February LSAT-Flex and April LSAT-Flex!

Top LSAT Resources

Looking for more 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 January 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
  • 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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2 Responses to January LSAT-Flex: What You Need to Know

  1. Pall S September 26, 2019 at 3:39 AM #

    I will be giving the LSAT in January 2020 from India. Is Jan 2020 LSAT too late for Fall 2020 admissions?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 1, 2019 at 2:07 PM #

      Hi Pall,

      The admission process and timeline varies by school. You can see some information here, but I would recommend that you research the admissions deadlines for your target schools.


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