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  1. Adding an update to this: • At this point, over 18,000 LSAT Writing results have been approved. These scores will be released tomorrow at 9 AM EST as scheduled. • Around 5,500 have yet to even start an LSAT Writing session. These students will not get scores. If you are in the position of having taken the LSAT Writing but have not yet received "Completed" status (and over 2,000 have been processed in just the last 36 hours), some will be processed by tomorrow and some will not. They've added extra staff, and will be working through the night and then through the weekend to get through all the flagged sessions. The expectation is that: • If you took it up through the 13th or 14th or earlier and had no violation, your score will come out tomorrow. If you took it more recently with no violation, you're looking at a short delay. • If you took it up through the 10th or earlier and had a violation, your score will likely come out tomorrow. If you took it in the past week and had a violation, you're looking at a longer delay. The number of actual essays in the review queue is now down quite a bit, hence they believe they can get it all processed in the next week or so (no guarantees though and I'd expect exceptions). According to how I understand it, the problem was that many, many sessions had violations and were flagged. some people didn't follow the rules and forgot to show their paper or take off their watches, and this caused backlogs for a large percentage of test takers. This was the status as of a bit ago, and I may update this post as the numbers change or if I was wrong (all errors are my fault). Please let me know if you have any questions!
  2. LSAC has just emailed October 2020 Flex test takers to inform them that beginning next Tuesday, 9/22, at noon Eastern students will be able to select the specific day and time of their October exam. You can sign up via your lsac.org account, and request a start time in twenty-minute intervals from roughly 7 am to 7 pm EST on the following dates: Saturday, October 3, 2020 Sunday, October 4, 2020 Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Thursday, October 8, 2020 There will also be a small number of tests given on Wednesday, October 7 for select proctoring scenarios. While slots generally do not fill up, if you know you have a particular day and time you'd like to test we encourage you to select it as soon as you can, as signing up is always first-come, first-served. Let us know if you have any questions and good luck with your registration!
  3. Assuming there is no major violation, you should still be fine! They were most worried about LSAT Writing being done this week, and felt they'd get all prior ones done. So anyone prior to this past weekend who didn't have a big issue should go through just fine
  4. Since we’re seeing a lot of LSAT Writing results that are delayed right now, I talked to LSAC yesterday about the status on the processing. Here’s the story on what’s happening: If you’ve taken the LSAT Writing already, and are still waiting on your results, you are likely in a queue to have your session reviewed. This largely isn’t a big deal, but if they see any problem—ID issue, wearing a smartwatch, phone on your desk, backpack in the room, didn’t show both sides of scratch paper, etc—they go back in and manually review the session. This takes time, and is the source of the delay that’s occurring right now. Many of those issues get cleared, although some won’t (ID, smartwatch, and smartphone are big problems). So, if you are waiting, at this point you have no choice but to wait it out while they look over your session. As of yesterday, there were more than 9,000 August test takers who still needed to complete their LSAT Writing, so if you don't have a result on record, you should plan to take yours as soon as possible, and follow the rules to the letter. If you haven’t taken the LSAT Writing yet, this is how it works: If you go through your session without any violations, your results will be posted relatively quickly. If you miss a guideline and create a violation, then your session goes to the end of the long review queue, and your results will be delayed. LSAC expects to process all the ones in the queue right now, but new Writing results that have violations will be cutting it extremely close as far as making the September 18th score release date. LSAC has added staff to review the crush of Writing results, but if you haven’t done yours yet, do it soon. We’ll talk about this in our next PowerScore LSAT podcast, so more on this on Monday or Tuesday probably!
  5. Thanks for asking! Here's our main podcast page: https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/. You can also find it on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc. We talk about all things LSAT, and after each Flex test we run down which prior sections were used, the relative difficulty of each, and the possible scales for each of the various test forms. The episode on the August Flex test will be out later in the week, once the majority of test takers have finished up!
  6. Thanks! Right now we are on top of it, but it will be a long week for sure. I think July was a good warmup for this one since it had a ton of forms too. The podcast will be out later this week, maybe Wednesday night or Thursday.
  7. You may get part of what was used today, but that's not even guaranteed. The sections used in the Flex change throughout the day, and so for example the test form used first thing this morning at 7 AM EST started changing around 11 AM EST. They moved in a different RC and LR, but kept the same LG. That will change again this afternoon. tomorrow will likely use part of this afternoon's test, but again change other parts of it. That happens every day across the Flex in order to stop the exact scenario you describe The end result is that a test taker on Saturday can have an entirely different test than someone on Sunday, and that applies to Monday test takers as well. Each individual test form then gets its own adjusted scale as well.
  8. LSAC has just announced that the November 2020 exam will be an LSAT-Flex, confirming our suspicions that the remainder of this year's tests will be taken from home. They have also moved up the date of the first November tests by a week, from November 14th to November 7th. Along with the earlier start date, the November registration deadline is now a week earlier, as well: you must sign up by September 23rd if you want to test in November. The option to select your test day and time should go live on/around October 24th (two weeks prior to the first day of testing). If anyone has questions about the November test or the Flex format, please let me know!
  9. It's an unusual setup for the Flex, and it's three total sections back to back, not four. So, no Experimental section and only one LR instead of two. The score is still on the 120-180 scale, but the conversion scale is adjusted down to account for the roughly 75 total questions in each Flex test (instead of the usual 1001 or so). Closest idea of scales would be from this webinar, at the 1:22:53 mark: https://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/crystal-ball-webinar-the-lsat-flex-tests/. Because they have to adjust for difficulty, each Flex scale will look a bit different, so we show some examples there.
  10. It's at https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/. And it's on Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, etc
  11. You'd likely run into an issue with another computer in the room. However, I've seen many people have TVs in the room and not have an issue. Their big fear here is cheating, and having devices that can listen or view your screen is what they are trying to stop. And, to be honest, the proctors really vary in rule enforcement, so one person might get away with something that another person is stopped for doing!
  12. It's confusing for sure! Let me try to help: 1. Yes, you will be. 2. It will--it's a browser extension of sorts--and LSAC has included Macs in the approved devices. 3. Safari has had some issues, so I'd use Chrome 4. This is correct, and is a newly approved use from just this week. Pens are now also ok! 5. You are correct--no bathroom breaks. some proctors have allowed it, but don't count on it. You do have a 1 minute break at the end of each section though, to mentally reset. 6. Yes. 7. You end up calling ProctorU, and for many people, this is where they run into issues. We've talked about this multiple times on our podcast, but one tip is don't close the program or disconnect if you can help it while there's an issue. 8. There is now a pausing feature in the software if there's an issue like this to avoid lost time. But, you likely lose some time when this occurs. 9. They really don't want to see things like this on the desk, and I know that some proctors will force you to remove all those items. Better to do it beforehand! 10. three sections, back-to-back-to-back, one section of each type, 35 minutes for each section. Hopefully that covers it but let me know if anything above isn't clear. Thanks!
  13. LSAC has just announced that the October LSAT will be a Flex exam, both in the US and worldwide! Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday during the week of October 3rd. If anyone has any questions about the test format, just let me know.
  14. LSAC has just announced that beginning with the October 2020 LSAT they are reinstating the retake limits first established in September 2019, but that have been suspended for all tests from May through August of this year. For those unaware, here are the restrictions being resurrected for multiple attempts: • You can sit for the LSAT three times in a single testing year (LSAC's year goes from June 1 to May 31). This applies to cancellations as well as to kept scores. After three attempts you have to wait until the following June before you are permitted to test again. • You are allowed five attempts within any five year period (the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools). After your fifth LSAT you must wait until five years have passed since your first test before being allowed to retake. • You can take the LSAT seven times in total. After that no further attempts are allowed. These limits apply regardless of whether future tests are Flex or in-person, but will not be enacted retroactively: the May, June, July, and August 2020 LSATs do NOT count toward these limits, but tests from September 2019 through February 2020, and tests after August 2020 all will. So plan accordingly as you map out your testing timeline—taking the LSAT solely for experience now comes with additional consequences. In other LSAT World news, we will release a PodCast episode shortly that breaks down the scoring info above and the ongoing July 2020 missing-score debacle. Here's the link if you want to give it a listen, Episode 62 when it posts in an hour: https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/
  15. All the school sees is a regular cancellation notification, they will not see that you score previewed and then cancelled That aside, they don't care about cancels because they don't know why it happened. You could have been sick, or maybe there was a technical problem with your test. They don't automatically presume it's because you did poorly! To them it's a void they basically ignore, and instead they focus on what they can see (your score, grades, essays, etc).
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