So, you’ve decided that LSAT-Flex is the testing choice for you. It’s nice to make a decision, isn’t it? It’d be a real shame if someone came along and talked about all the ways that could go terribly, terribly wrong, wouldn’t it?
Look, somebody’s got to be the bad guy here, and today it’s me. I’ll externalize some of the more “out there” ways that this test could go wrong, just to get the possibilities out of your head. Then you can get back to the important work of waiting out the ‘rona prepping for the LSAT.
What if…you sit down to take the exam and it isn’t the LSAT at all?
You’ve been prepping for this godforsaken charming and quirky test for months now. You’ve steeled yourself for the world’s dullest Reading Comp passages about, who knows, sweet potato varietals and 14th Century religious poetry. You can map out Logic Games scenarios in your freaking sleep. But how is any of that supposed to help when you log in to take the LSAT and it’s actually a licensing exam for aspiring life insurance salespeople?? How could it go this wrong? I’m not even 100% certain what life insurance is for.
Alright, take a breath. As with the at-home Writing section, LSAC will provide test-takers with software. The chances that LSAC would contaminate their precious, precious exams with non-LSAT content are just about zero. With your software, you’re guaranteed an LSAT exam. And if you do end up with a licensure exam instead, well, maybe a couple of years in the cutthroat world of competitive salesmanship will make you an even more formidable attorney.*
What if… the language preference gets set incorrectly?
You’ve installed the software. At a cool 201 MB, it was smooth sailing. You see the familiar — dare I say, beloved — LSAC logo, but then, all of the words suddenly start looking wrong? Those aren’t the letters you know. Is that Russian? What did you click? Is there an undo button? Could you even read the undo button if you found it?? Помоги мне!
Good(?) news: LSAC doesn’t even offer the test in Russian. It would be impossible to change your language preference to anything other than English even temporarily, let alone permanently, because, outside of two testing centers in Puerto Rico, the LSAT is offered exclusively in English. Is this a debatably wise decision given the fact that about one in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home? Perhaps so. But for the sake of this hypothetical, LSAC’s monolingual focus has saved you from a Cyrillic disaster.
What if… your roommate wanders in, shirt off, gut out, scratching himself, and wondering where the fresh bread you baked is?
Here you are, prepped and ready to go. You’ve got your ID ready to show the proctor, your scratch paper is immaculate, and your workspace is clear of distractions. But then…He wanders in. Your most useless roommate! You told him six times that you needed two hours alone! But he was in the camera’s view and now your test is going to be canceled and your score is ruined and you’ll never get into law school so maybe you should just give up now and actually try to find that life insurance sales job??
Okay, there are some legitimate things to worry about here. LSAC takes proctoring very seriously. LSAC’s monitoring procedures involve reviewing what’s sure to be thrilling footage of every test-taker at work to ensure that there are no irregularities — in this case, your roomie in quarantine-chic disarray. Useless Cody wandering into your test space would likely invalidate your score. Not ideal! Take some preventative steps: Distract any roommates, pets, children, or particularly lively household pests with a snack and lock your door firmly before booting up the software.
But even if Cody-Who-Never-Does-Dishes does break into your sealed test-bunker, you can always cancel your results and take the test again. Don’t abandon your legal dreams just because of a lousy roommate.
What if… my computer explodes in a freak accident in the middle of the test?
Come now, you’re being silly. If there is a mild electrical fire, fight through it! Umm, ok. Even at Blueprint our dedication to the LSAT only goes so far. If you have mechanical troubles while taking the test, LSAC has a technical support hotline. Give them a call.
And remember, law schools know that these ‘rona times are pretty extraordinary. If there were ever a time when admissions’ offices are going to be understanding, it’s now. Even LSAC will vouch for you.
Now, get out of here and worry no more, unless you’re thinking about getting into insurance sales. Then you can start worrying.
* If you’re looking to purchase life insurance in the tri-state area, uh, guess who has two thumbs and semi-accidental possession of an insurance sales license?**
** Please do not ask your local Blueprint instructor(s) about purchasing life insurance. We left that life behind long ago…
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