- May 12, 2020
Think back to a year ago. If someone had offered you the chance to take the LSAT at home, you probably would have been ecstatic. Afterward, you would have closed your computer and gone out for celebratory drinks with friends. Instead, here we are, mere days from the May LSAT-Flex and instead of feeling relief at the thought of not having to worry about getting kicked out of the exam room for bringing in a phone, we’re endlessly Google-ing questions, trying to find answers in between our second Netflix marathon. Downside—we can’t go out for post-LSAT drinks. Upside—we all know who Joe Exotic is now.
Just as we helped you during the transition to a digital LSAT in 2019, we’re going to get you through the new LSAT-Flex. We’ve collected the top LSAT-Flex FAQs to help dispel any myths or misconceptions. Maybe we’ll get back to the normal in-person test this summer, or maybe not. One thing’s for sure, we’re committed to making sure you’re not caught by surprise on test day.
LSAT-Flex Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the LSAT-Flex?
The LAST-Flex is the remote version of the Law School Admissions Test. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders, LSAC decided to implement the LSAT-Flex as a way for students to still take the LSAT but on their own computers at home, rather than in a testing room with dozens of other students.
2. Who can take the LSAT-Flex?
May LSAT-Flex: anyone registered for the March or April 2020 LSAT
June LSAT-Flex: anyone registered for the June 2020 LSAT
3. When is the LSAT-Flex?
The May LSAT-Flex will take place the week of May 18, with most students likely taking it on May 18 and May 19. The June LSAT-Flex will take place the week of June 14, with most students taking it on June 14 and June 15. For both exams, you can choose your preferred day and time slot.
4. When can I register for the LSAT-Flex?
Scheduling for the May LSAT-Flex is now open. Scheduling for the June LSAT opens May 13 at noon Eastern.
5. How do I register for LSAT-Flex?
June test registrants need to log into their LSAC accounts and submit the online form to confirm your interest in taking the June LSAT-Flex. If you don’t want to take Flex, you can receive a coupon for any future test between July 2020 and April 2021.
6. Is the LSAT-Flex different from the normal LSAT?
Yes! The LSAT-Flex is shorter and can be taken on a computer, not just a tablet.
7. What do I need to take the LSAT-Flex?
You’ll need a computer that has a microphone and web camera. If you want to test your equipment, you can take a free practice LSAT using ProctorU’s software. If you don’t have all the equipment you need, contact LSAC about loaner options.
8. How will the LSAT-Flex be proctored? I.e. how will they know if I cheat?
Live proctors will supervise you as you take the exam via your mic and webcam. The recorded video will then be reviewed again by more people and AI technology.
9. What if I don’t have access to a quiet, private room to take the LSAT-Flex?
LSAC gets it; some of us are quarantined with entire families or loud roommates. Just contact them and let them know about your situation ASAP.
10. What if my roommate or dogs come into my room during my LSAT-Flex?
If you someone walks into your LSAT-Flex, you need to tell them to leave immediately. If your pupper comes into the room, don’t worry about…unless it tries to jump into your lap.
11. How many sections are on the LSAT-Flex?
There are 3 sections on the LSAT-Flex: 1 Reading Comprehension section, 1 Logical Reasoning section, and 1 Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) section. You will also need to complete a writing sample if you don’t have one on file. The normal LSAT has two Logical Reasoning sections, one Reading Comprehension section, one Logic Games section, and one experimental section. In short, there are fewer sections on the LSAT-Flex.
12. How long is the LSAT-Flex?
The LSAT-Flex is comprised of three 35-minute sections, which means it’s about two hours long. You will not get any breaks.
13. Will the LSAT-Flex have fewer questions than the normal LSAT?
Yes. Since the LSAT-Flex will only include one Logical Reasoning section, instead of two, and no unscored experimental section, there will be fewer questions.
14. Will the LSAT-Flex be harder than the normal LSAT?
The LSAT-Flex won’t be inherently harder or easier. Some students might find it advantageous to take a test at home, while others might be worried about interruptions or distractions. Some might have always hated the LR section and are relieved to hear there’s only one section of it now. However, the individual sections of the exam are not any more difficult or easier than usual.
15. Is the LSAT-Flex scoring system different?
Not necessarily. You will still receive a score in the standard range of 120-180 and a percentile ranking.
16. Will law schools look at LSAT-Flex scores differently?
No. LSAT-Flex scores will be regarded in the same way as normal LSAT scores. However, your score report will indicate if you took the Flex test.
17. When will I get my LSAT-Flex scores?
May LSAT-Flex: June 5
June LSAT-Flex: June 30
18. Will I still be able to apply for accommodations?
All test takers who were approved to receive accommodations for the April or June 2020 LSAT will receive the same or equivalent accommodations for their LSAT-Flex test.
19. How can I prep for the LSAT-Flex?
If you were already planning to take the April or June LSAT, then you are already familiar with the LSAT concepts. Now you just need to pivot to apply those skills to the shorter LSAT-Flex format. Since all three sections will be weighed pretty equally, you really need to dig into your weaker areas. You should take practice LSATs under realistic conditions to build your endurance and work on your timing. Although your score might be slightly different, you can still calculate your LSAT-Flex score using a normal practice LSAT score.
20. What can I have with me during the LSAT-Flex?
- -Five sheets of scratch paper
- -Photo ID (ex: a valid passport or government ID/Driver’s License)
- -No. 2 or HB pencils and pencil sharpener
- -A highlighter
- -An eraser (no mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves)
- -Beverage in a plastic container or juice box (maximum size: 20 oz/591 ml). No aluminum cans
- -Analog/non-digital watch
You cannot have any earbuds, wear hats or hoodies, or dig into bags or backpacks during the exam.
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