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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:

  1. If you go through your session without any violations, your results will be posted relatively quickly.
  2. 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!

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On 9/11/2020 at 2:38 PM, DKilloranPowerScore said:

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:

  1. If you go through your session without any violations, your results will be posted relatively quickly.
  2. 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!

When you say “new results will be cutting it close”, how “new” do you estimate would fall under that category? I wrote mine on September 5th, so I’m not sure if that’s too early or too late. 

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Mine is still in queue to be reviewed I think because I wrote mine on the 31st... that's 14 days ago now. Will my mark be released on the 18th still? Or will I have to wait until I get my test cleared/wait until I finish rewriting altogether? 

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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 :)

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I did my writing sample on the 6th. I I called LSAC yesterday on the advice of the LSAT subreddit and they weren't able to answer anything, however my sample was approved this morning. Not sure if my phone call sped up the process or if it was just a coincidence, but it might be worth a shot to call or email them.

Good luck to everyone still waiting!

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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!

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