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Watch Out for These Looming October LSAT Deadlines

If you’re preparing for the October LSAT, don’t overlook actually signing up to take the test. Some important LSAC deadlines are coming up.

Tomorrow, September 14, is your absolute final deadline to register for the 2012 October LSAT. LSAC considers your registration late at this point, so it’ll cost you an extra $69 to register on top of the usual $160. If you want to take the October LSAT and haven’t registered yet, go to LSAC’s website and do so right away. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself excluded from the LSAT test center the morning of October 6, sadly pressing your face against the glass because all your friends are in there taking the LSAT but you aren’t allowed in the building.

If you’ve already signed up for the October LSAT, there are upcoming deadlines for you, too. If you’ve just found out that a motorcycle rally is scheduled to go right by your LSAT test center the morning of October 6, I’d advise changing test centers. The deadline to change LSAT test centers online is this Sunday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Changing LSAT test centers will cost you $35.

The deadline to change your LSAT test date is the same: Sunday before midnight EST. If you signed up for the October LSAT but you haven’t begun seriously studying yet, avail yourself of this opportunity to change your LSAT test date for $80.

If you’ve been studying hard but you’re having your doubts about whether you’ll be ready in time for the October LSAT, don’t change your LSAT test date yet. This Sunday’s deadline isn’t your last chance to get out of the October LSAT. You can also withdraw your registration up until midnight EST on October 5, the day before the LSAT. It’s common for big LSAT score increases to come from reviewing everything, putting it all together, and working on your pacing. If you’ve been working hard, give yourself a chance to do this before you give up.

Unlike cancelling your LSAT score or just failing to show for the LSAT, withdrawing doesn’t result in any notation on your score report. Whereas changing your LSAT test date will cost you $80, if you withdraw you’ll have to pay the full fee to reregister. Nonetheless, that beats having to put the LSAT off a few more months when you might have been able to get it over and done with.