The October 2021 LSAT is officially a remote LSAT! If you’re looking to apply for law school this year, you may be considering the October test date. The October exam allows you get to your scores back in time to apply for schools this application cycle, and even retest if needed. In this post, we’ll take a look at key information you need about the remote October LSAT—now the October remote LSAT.
The October LSAT
In spring of this year, LSAC announced that all LSATs through June 2022 will be given remotely, in the remote LSAT format. On other words, if you’re taking the exam this year, you’ll be taking it remotely!
This came along with several other changes to the remote LSAT that will begin in August 2021: notably, the return of an unscored section and a break between the second and third sections. This will make the exam a little longer than earlier Flex exams, but it will have the same number of scored sections.
October LSAT Dates
The remote LSAT will be available the week of October 9, 2021. The LSAC hasn’t yet released the specific dates for the remote October LSAT, but based on remote LSAT history, it’s reasonable to assume that most administrations will be given on that Saturday and Sunday, with fewer tests given later in the week as needed. Check back closer to October for more specific test dates!
October LSAT Score Release Dates
Although the LSAT hasn’t yet announced the release dates for the October LSAT scores, historically, these come out two weeks after the test day. We’ll let you know once they make a more specific announcement this year!
One important update to LSAT scores has happened recently. You’ll need to have a completed LSAT Writing sample before you receive your scores for the October LSAT. To accommodate this, LSAT will open the Writing section eight days prior to the test. You can take the writing section at your convenience, but you need to finish it before you’ll get your scores.
You can also sign up for “score preview” for the October test. This costs $45 if you sign up before your test and $75 after testing has finished. (If you have a fee waiver, don’t worry–you’ll get this option automatically.) The name of this option is a little bit misleading–you won’t get your scores any earlier than other test takers. On the other hand, there is a big benefit: after the score release, you have six days to choose if you want to keep or cancel them. If you do nothing, your scores are retained and get sent to schools.
Registration (and Auto-Registration)
If you have not already registered for the October remote LSAT, the deadline is Wednesday, August 25, 2021. This is also the deadline to request accommodations or assistance.
October LSAT Cost
The fees for the October remote LSAT are the same as for an in-person LSAT. Plan on spending around $200 for test registration, if you haven’t previously registered for the October exam.
Upcoming LSAT Dates
If you don’t want to (or can’t) take the October LSAT, there’s still one more date in 2021: the week of November 13. However, keep in mind that this will also be a remote LSAT (as will the rest of LSATs through June 2022).
As there are so few LSAT testing options left in 2021, let’s take a look at Magoosh’s strategies and tips for studying for the October test.
Tips for October LSAT Prep
Sign up for LSAT-Flex 101
Wondering how to ace this new design format? Magoosh has a free LSAT-Flex 101 course that looks at everything you need to know about the LSAT-Flex. It comes with a free, official LSAT-Flex practice test, as well as a free trial of Magoosh LSAT Prep.
Take a practice test to determine your baseline.
Hooray! Magoosh’s LSAT prep program now includes official LSAT questions and a full LSAT practice test! You can also sign up for LSAC Official Prep online and take a real LSAT exam from a recent year in its digital format.
Note: You can also get access to LSAC Official Prep with an LSAT prep subscription to Magoosh.
Find a quiet place, like a library, to take the practice test and do the whole thing in one sitting.
Be sure to time yourself strictly—it’s critical to accurately assess your starting point.
Score your practice test.
Use the answer key in your book, determine your overall score and your strengths and weaknesses. And if you haven’t already, start looking at law schools and determine the score you’ll need to be competitive.
Design your study schedule.
Finally, assess how far your goal score is from your baseline to help determine how long you’ll need to prep for the LSAT. For most people, it’s usually about 3 months.
Make sure you have sufficient time to bring up your score between now and the October exam, or consider signing up for a later test, like the November LSAT.
Next, let’s take a look at some of our best strategies for doing well on the LSAT.
Top LSAT Approaches
Here are three of our recommended strategies for crushing the LSAT:
- Tips for Acing LSAT Reading Comprehension
- LSAT Logic Games: Complete Guide
- Top Tips for LSAT Logical Reasoning
The deadline to register for the October LSAT will be here soon. Be sure to take some time and determine whether the October LSAT is right for you by:
- Determining your baseline LSAT score based on a practice test;
- Setting your goal score based on where you want to attend law school; and
- Deciding how much time you need to dedicate to LSAT prep.
Once you work through these steps, you’ll be confident in the test date you choose. Whenever you decide to take the LSAT, remember the key to getting your best score on the LSAT is making sure you have enough time to study!