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  1. LSAC has just announced they will open up registration for every LSAT from August 2021 through June 2022 starting tomorrow! These tests are all in the new “3 scored + 1 Experimental” format: August 14th, 2021 October 9th, 2021 November 13th, 2021 January 15th, 2022 February 12th, 2022 March 12th, 2022 April 30th, 2022 June 11th, 2022 Making them available now is a big change from the way registration was previously done, where you normally had to wait until closer to the test date to register. Now you can lock in your schedule much further in advance.
  2. If you have any questions about PowerScore or how the classes operate, please feel free to reach out to my via DM 😀 And regardless of which choice you ultimately make, best of luck to you with this test!
  3. I talked to them about this last night, and they hope that, if the pandemic allows, that they could add in-person back as an option for some people in the future. they know not everyone has great internet or a great place to take the test, and so that option appeals to them. But, it will depend on the pandemic and how things proceed there. Safety will be top priority. Even if they can allow in-person testing again, it looks like the at-home, remote version we're using now will stick around
  4. They have not stated anywhere that any of the tests will be disclosed.As we talked about in our podcast on this announcement today, at most we may see one test a year released from them, but I seriously doubt we'll see three a year like the "old" days. The reason they are adding the experimental is to have more tests; disclosing a bunch would go against that.
  5. The extra testing time and additional brain work is not a positive. But, you there's now a break which for some people will be a big plus. I'd personally prefer the 3-section Flex format but I don't see the extra section as a very big negative!
  6. LSAC has just announced the next 9 LSAT dates as well as some future test format changes! The nine new LSAT dates are: June 12th, 2021 (last Flex) August 14th, 2021 (adds Exp + break) October 9th, 2021 November 13th, 2021 January 15th, 2022 February 12th, 2022 March 12th, 2022 April 30th, 2022 June 11th, 2022 These start dates are the first day of each test administration, and each exam could run anywhere from 2-6 days depending the number of test takers The June 2021 exam is the last LSAT-Flex, and then starting in August a fourth, unscored section will be added (the return of the Experimental!), along with a 10 minute break between sections 2 and 3. The exam is still online, and taken at home. Registration for the June 2021 LSAT will open next Monday (2/22) and run through 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, April 29th. This end date is intentional: 4/29 is the score release date for the April test, so anyone waiting on April results before making June plans will have the rest of that day to decide. Registration for subsequent tests—August 2021 and beyond—will begin in mid-May of this year (exact date TBD). I spoke with LSAC about these changes for a while last night, so if you have any questions, please let me know.
  7. I'm sorry this happened! You should contact LSAC by both phone and the email form in your CAS account. Tell them you had a catastrophic problem and that you need to retake the test this week, and ask to be escalated. This is an option that other students have gotten, and although everyone isn't offered it, you would likely qualify in my opinion. And if the phone person says you can't do that because "you saw the test already," ignore them and tell them to log your complaint. They are using outdated info when they say that. Good luck--I hope it works out for you!
  8. We did two extensive LSAT podcast episodes on these questions that might help. Episodes 11 and 12 at https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/.
  9. And now the scoring scale for the May 2020 Flex exam has been posted as well: https://lsac.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056747654-May-2020-LSAT-FLEX-Sample-Conversion-Chart
  10. Update on the Flex tests discussed above: These two exam forms have now been posted into LSAC accounts...
  11. The second LR and Experimental were omitted for security reasons, not financial ones. If they used a longer format of the test for the Flex, they'd have to allow people to take a break mid-way to go to the bathroom, etc. But, they are so security conscious there that they didn't want to do that, hence the shortened form of the exam that we have now. Either way, everything appearing on the Flex has been previously vetted via experimental usage. We list all the prior tests and sources used in our Flex exam recaps at the end of each test week. So everything has gotten a test run and nothing is being used for the first time When they are starting to run out of unused tests is when we'll see the Experimental reinstated.
  12. It will certainly be around through next April, and may longer! There's been no official word, but we've speculated on our podcast that what they might do is eventually add a 4th, experimental section and then add a break between sections 2 and 3. That would leave the test identical to now as far as scored content, but then add a way for them to test new questions. Because at some point they will run out!
  13. I spoke to LSAC this morning, and they indicated that within the next few days they will be adding a version of the Flex into their Prep and Prep Plus packages. This is the current plan: • PT 73 (September 2014) will be added in 3-section Flex version to Prep (their free access package available to anyone with an LSAC account). • Parts of the May 2020 Flex will be added to the paid Prep Plus package (which is $99 a year). That latter one is BIG news since it means we'll see new, previously unreleased questions this year!
  14. LSAC has just announced that the January, February, and April 2021 exams will all be LSAT-Flex, confirming our suspicions that the Flex format will continue to feature well into the coming year. The test start dates of January 16th, February 20th, and April 10th will remain the same, with tests offered primarily on Saturday and Sunday at the start of each testing week (additional days will be made available, as needed). The registration deadlines are December 2nd, January 6th, and February 24th, respectively. The option to select your test day and time should go live on/around January 4th for the January LSAT, February 8th for the February LSAT, and March 29th for the April LSAT (about two weeks prior to the first day of testing for each). There will also be international LSAT-Flex options available in January and April for anyone hoping to test overseas. In terms of test specifics, all three Flex tests will closely resemble this October and November: • Score preview available for a fee for first-time test takers • Writing Sample on record required for score release (to student and schools) • Tests count towards the annual/lifetime repeat limit • Each exam is nondisclosed • Scores scheduled for release approximately two weeks from the last testing day: February 3rd, March 10th, and April 28th or 29th. Finally, credit to LSAC for again making the right decision on the early 2021 LSATs, and for announcing it well in advance so there's as little confusion and anxiety as possible. I know not everyone prefers the Flex format, but there’s no denying that this is the safest possible approach, and with 3-6 months’ notice at least there’s plenty of time to get yourself ready. Here’s hoping we get an update on post-April LSATs months ahead of time, too! If anyone has questions about the January, February, and April tests or the Flex format, please let me know!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. It's at https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/. And it's on Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, etc
  25. 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!
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