Act Fast or Risk Being Waitlisted at a June LSAT Test Center
- Apr 24, 2013
Over the last couple years, there’s been a lot of talk about how quickly the population of LSAT test-takers has declined. Despite all that, many aspiring law students are finding that their LSAT test centers of choice are already full for the June LSAT. Is there going to be a rebound in the LSAT test-taking population, or has LSAC adjusted to the trend by making fewer seats available? If you’re locked out of the LSAT, it doesn’t really matter what the cause is.
What can you do about this? If there is, in fact, an LSAT test center open within 100 miles of your domicile, you get two choices: you can take what LSAC offers you or you can hold off on registering.
If you decide you don’t want to take the exam at some distant LSAT test center, it’s possible that if you check back later something closer will open up. But it’s also possible, and even more likely perhaps, that things will continue to fill up and that you’ll be stuck taking the LSAT even farther from home, or perhaps end up on a waitlist, (more on that later), or even not be able to take the June LSAT.
Therefore, if you’re not thrilled with the open options, it’s probably in your best interest to register for the June LSAT anyway. Take what LSAC offers you. You can always change LSAT test centers later. Once you’re registered for the June LSAT, check LSAC’s website regularly. I’d say religiously, but once a week won’t cut it here; we’re talking more like every day. The deadline to change June LSAT test centers is May 19, and there’s always the chance that someone will change out of the spot you want, leaving you an opportunity to sneak in.
There’s a $35 fee to change LSAT test centers, but that beats having to wait until October when you were ready to take the LSAT now. And if that $35 saves you from having to travel 100 miles each way, it’ll be well worth it. Hell, the savings in gasoline alone may make up for it.
The worst-case scenario is that nothing opens up, and you end up actually having to take the June LSAT at a faraway LSAT test center. Not the best outcome, but if it results in an LSAT score you’re happy with, you’ll soon stop griping.
If all the LSAT test centers within 100 miles are full, LSAC may be able to put you on a waitlist for the LSAT. If this happens to you, LSAC chooses your LSAT test center; your opinion doesn’t count. Again, this beats having to wait until the October LSAT, so if everything in your area is full, this is your best option.
And finally, if none of the above applies to you, because your LSAT test center of choice is still available for the June LSAT, get on it and register now while you can.
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