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10 LSATs a year? Here’s how they should be scheduled


LSAC recently announced that by the year 2020, the exam will be given 10 times per year. LSAC has said that you’ll have the option to take the test in almost every month, with the exception of May and December; however, we feel that this proposed schedule lacks imagination. So, in the event that LSAC would like to reconsider its testing schedule, here are some alternatives:

1. Multiple time options per day

Some people wake up in the morning chipper and ready to tackle some Reading Comprehension passages, and others need a few hours to get into the swing of things.

Right now, morning go-getters benefit from most of the test administrations, while those who prefer not to be up at the crack of dawn are relegated to just a few options. In the interest of equality — which, as we all know, is one of LSAC’s favorite buzzwords — wouldn’t it make more sense to offer multiple time options for each test? Forget having the test 10 times per year – instead, give it five times per year, but let test-takers pick whether they want to get the test out of the way first thing or have some extra time to recover from what will inevitably have been a terrible night of sleep.

2. All 10 days over the holiday season

OK, so at first glance this probably seems like a terrible idea, but think about it for a minute. No matter your religious affiliation (or lack thereof), it’s very likely that you are forced to attend some event over the holiday season that you’d rather not go to. Maybe it’s the day that your school holds finals. Maybe it’s your high school reunion. Maybe it’s the big holiday bash that your stuffy Auntie Mabel holds each year, where she feeds everyone tuna casserole and those weird gelatin molds from the 50s.

Point being, we all have some event over the holidays that we’d really rather get out of attending. And what excuse could be more bulletproof than taking the LSAT, a test that is a step toward securing a better future for yourself?! Even Auntie Mabel can’t argue with that. After all those years of torturing test-takers, it’s about time that LSAC did everyone a solid, so they should select 10 key dates over the holiday season that will provide test-takers with an out for the thing they’re most dreading.

3. Use star signs and planetary alignments for optimal outcomes

Everyone knows that their performance on the LSAT is determined primarily based on their star sign and the alignment of the planets as of your test day. Therefore, in order to best position test-takers for success, LSAC should hire some zodiac experts to select the most auspicious days each year. Then, those impulsive Scorpios can pick the test administration when the calming influence of Venus is at its strongest, while those sturdy Tauruses can select the test administration when quick-footed Mercury can lend them some extra mental agility. (Note: I made these things up, as I am not a planetary expert – but LSAC, if you take my advice and are looking to hire one, I can learn quick.)