Abigail Ruths (senior-biobehavioral health) studies in the Biobehavioral Health Building on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The Law School Application Test, also known as the LSAT, has been an integral part of the law school application process since 1948. Offered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the LSAT is a keystone of law school applications in the United States and Canada.

The test evaluates test takers on the reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning skills. In its 70 years of existence, the LSAT has always been a half day, standardized, printed test — until now.

Starting with the July 2019 LSAT administration, test takers will take the exam in a new, specially designed, digital format.

The digital LSAT exam will be offered at the same testing centers on a more frequent schedule of administration.

Wendy Margolis, chief executive communications and public affairs officer for LSAC, said the content of the exam will remain the same despite the change in format.

“In the Digital mode, the LSAT will continue to have the same four scored sections test takers are familiar with — one Analytical Reasoning, one Reading Comprehension and two Logical Reasoning — as well as the same distribution of question types within those four sections,” Margolis said via email. “Likewise, the difficulty of the test is not changing.”

Melissa Thirsk, LSAC Chief Marketing Officer, said no change in scores is anticipated as a result of this change.

“The move to the Digital LSAT represents the culmination of several years of work and, based on our research, we do not expect test takers’ scores to be affected by this transition,” Thirsk said via email. “We conducted two large-scale field tests in 2017 and candidates found the Digital LSAT easy to use.”

The digital format test will be administered on dedicated tablets provided by the LSAC and will provide test takers with many of the same tools typically available during traditional, paper-format testing. Students will have the ability to highlight portions of text, a question flagging option, a running timer and an automatic five minute warning. Students study in the Paterno Humanities Reading Room, also known as the […]

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