Updates for November LSAT!

Below please find the recent announcement by LSAC regarding the November 2020 LSAT Administration…

Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, LSAC has made the decision to offer the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex in November, instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for November 14 in the U.S. and Canada.  The LSAT-Flex gives candidates the opportunity to earn an LSAT score and continue their law school journeys despite COVID-19 restrictions on travel or public gatherings. You can learn more about the LSAT-Flex and see answers to frequently asked questions on our website.

The November LSAT-Flex will be administered the week starting Saturday, November 7 (please note this is a change from the previously announced November 14 date). Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. Due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration, this will be an undisclosed test. The November LSAT-Flex will count toward the annual, multi-year, and lifetime limits on taking the LSAT. We are targeting Tuesday, November 24, as the score release date.

Key dates for November test takers

      • Registration for the November LSAT-Flex is open through Wednesday, September 23. Candidates currently registered for the November LSAT may either take the November LSAT-Flex or opt out and receive a coupon that can be applied to any future test between January and April 2021. Candidates should visit their LSAC account and submit the online form with their choice. Candidate who do not contact LSAC by September 23, will be automatically registered for the LSAT-Flex on or about September 26. They may withdraw from the November LSAT-Flex by October 30 and receive the coupon. After the October 30 deadline, coupons are not available.
          • Because the November LSAT-Flex is an online, remotely proctored test, LASC is able to offer a variety of test start times for test takers to choose from. LSAC will open the scheduling sign-up process about two weeks before the first day of testing in November, so test takers can select the available time that works best for them. Test takers will receive more information and instructions prior to that time.
      • LSAC is working to help every test taker in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada have the equipment and other resources they need to take the online, remotely proctored exam and do their best work. Any candidate who does not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to test should submit an online form in their LSAC account no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, October 18, 2020, so that we can work with them to address their needs.

Visit www.lsac.org for additional information on the upcoming LSAT-Flex exams.

October & November LSAT-Flex Exam Space:

LSAC will be offering resources and support for students who have equipment needs and/or are unable to identify an appropriate test space for LSAT-Flex administrations. You must contact LSAC via online form located in your LSAC account before the following dates to be eligible for resources:

    • October LSAT-Flex: Sunday, September 13 no later than 10:59 PM (CST)/11:59 PM(EST)
    • November LSAT-Flex: Sunday, October 18 no later than 10:59 PM (CST)/11:59 PM (EST)

Campus Space: Pre-Law Advising Services has secured campus test space options for the October and November LSAT-Flex administrations. Test space is limited so rooms will be available on a need-based, first come, first served basis. Please stay tuned for additional details in the upcoming weeks!

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Where to take the LSAT-Flex?

Due to important safety guidelines related to COVID-19, space availability on campus for study and coursework is more limited than prior semesters. Planning ahead and identifying an appropriate place to sit for the exam will be a critical part of your LSAT-Flex prep process this fall.  Please keep in mind that any space that you identify will need to adhere to very specific criteria provided by LSAC.  The good news!  We are here to help and have compiled information and resources below aimed to assist in your planning for the August and October LSAT -Flex administrations!

General LSAT-Flex Parameters:

    •  The LSAT-Flex is comprised of three, 35-minute sections. We recommend planning a 3-hour window to take your exam (allowing for approximately 30 minutes before and after).
    • The exam is online and will be proctored remotely.
    • You will need a computer or laptop with webcam.
        • October Examinees: If you do not have access to required equipment (Windows/Mac computer or laptop with a webcam), please reach out to LSAC via online form found in your LSAC account BEFORE September 13, 2020 at 11:59 EST (10:59 CST). LSAC will work with you to try and provide a loaner device for the exam.
    • There are NO breaks during the exam.
    • You are the only person permitted in the room during the exam.

Please carefully review the LSAC website for a full list of testing requirements and information.

Selecting a location to take the exam…

You will be the only individual permitted in the room during your exam therefore you will need to identify a private location to take the exam. LSAC also requires a flat, hard surface to take the exam on (table, desk, etc.) and has provided a detailed list of materials that you are allowed to have on your desk during the exam.  Before beginning the exam, you will be required to show the proctor a 360° view of the room via your webcam.  Be sure to carefully confirm that your test space meets the LSAC guidelines and that all prohibited items have been removed from your desk.

Additional things to consider:
    • Reliable Internet Connection/Technical difficulties: Very few individuals have experienced technical issues during the prior LSAT-Flex administrations, however, it is very important that you ensure your test space has a good, reliable internet connection. Should you experience difficulties during the exam, LSAC has provided procedures for individuals to work-through connection or technical issues and then resume the exam. In situations of repeated or prolonged issues, the proctor will have discretion. Please visit the LSAC website and carefully review details regarding exam day issues.
    • Noise:  Is the space relatively quiet?  Can you control the level of noise in the room? Is the noise level different at different times of day? Only soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs will be allowed during the exam.   Earplugs must be shown and approved by the proctor on the test date.  Be sure the noise level is conducive to your ability to concentrate on your exam and to be responsive to instructions from the proctor.
        • Pets (it happens): Pets are permitted to enter the exam room during the exam, however, even the most well-trained pet can display unexpected behavior. Once the test begins,  you cannot move out of the view of the camera to address a pet issue if it should arise. We love pets too, BUT… avoid unnecessary issues or distractions by planning to remove pets from your testing space in advance (the goldfish can stay).
    • Interruptions /Individuals Accidentally Entering the Room: You will be the only individual permited in the room during your exam. If someone enters the room, you must ask them to leave immediately. The proctor has the discretion to determine if the exam may continue after the interruption.
        • TIP: Consider creating a “Do Not Disturb/LSAT Exam in Progress” sign to post on your door during the exam.
    • Room Set-up: Plan ahead and physically arrange the testing space to fit your needs before the exam. Be sure that anything you need is within reaching distance on your desktop. Once the exam starts, you cannot move around or move out of view of the webcam.
    • Trial-Run: Make sure you are comfortable with the test space you have created and are comfortable with all of your materials fitting on your desk surface. Create a zoom call with a friend or family member to “test” your exam day experience.
        • Tip: Be sure to plan your trial-run at the same time of day that you have scheduled your exam!
    • Accessibility/Location: Where is the test space located?  Is it fully accessible to you?  Is there parking available, can you park for up to 3 hours?  Be sure to plan for travel time to your test location taking into account possible delays or unexpected issues.

Possible locations for your test space…

  • There are a variety of locations that could potentially serve as test space for your exam.  Below are a few common locations to consider.
Your Campus Residence:  

Your campus residence can be a great space to take the exam as you likely already use this space for your academic work and may have an ideal set-up in your bedroom or designated office.  When deciding if your campus residence is the right place for your exam be sure to consider the following…

      • Roommates:
          • Will you have the residence to yourself? If not, identify potential issues (ex: loud video games/tv in common areas during the exam time).
          • Be proactive – approach roommates at least 1-2 weeks prior to the exam and arrange an agreement for the time of your exam (plan for a 3-hour block to give plenty of time).
          • Be sure your roommates are aware of the potential consequences if your exam is interrupted or flagged for further review by the proctor due to disruptions.
          • If your roommates are unable or unwilling to make an agreement with you about potential concerns, consider another space.
          • Tip: Be sure to remind roommates 1-2 days prior to your exam.
      • Neighbors:
          • If you know your neighbors, or know they have a tendency to make noise, reach out to them 5-7 days in advance to make them aware of your situation.
          • Let them know your plans and request that they try to keep the noise level low during the exam time.
          • Though it won’t guarantee a completely silent exam environment, it could definitely help!
      • Internet Connection:
          • Test your internet connection beforehand to ensure you have a secure and strong connection.
          • Tip: If you are aware that your test space internet is spotty or unreliable, try using an Ethernet cable or WiFi booster. If your internet is not reliable, consider taking the exam somewhere else.
      • Be Creative – is there a space within a space?
          • Consider common rooms or study space provided by your apartment complex, residence hall, or fraternity/sorority house.
          • Be sure to consider privacy, availability (you need at least 2 hours, 3 preferably), and internet reliability – test it out in advance.
          • Tip: Does your building  have vacant offices you might be able to use? Reach out to management, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Libraries:
    • Champaign Public Library: Beginning Monday, August 24, individuals may reserve study rooms at the Champaign Public Library, NO library card is required. Rooms may be reserved for 2 hours exactly.  Please call the library to make a reservation (217) 403-2000.  The Champaign Public Library is located at 200 W. Green St, library hours are: Mon-Thu 9-9 | Fri-Sat 9-6 | Sun 12-6. 
    • Campus Libraries: Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, campus libraries are currently unavailable for space reservations. We will continue to monitor any changes to space availability through campus libraries and provide updates if space becomes available.
Hotel Rooms:

Hotel rooms could also provide a suitable location for your exam and there are many options available in the Champaign-Urbana area. Be sure to confirm the internet access in advance. For hotel and motel options in Champaign, please visit https://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/.

Additional Resources:

August LSAT-Flex: If you have been unable to secure a location for your LSAT-Flex exam, please email the Pre-Law Advising Services office at ccaas-prelaw@illinois.edu subject line “Test Room” by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 26.  A member of the PLAS office will be in touch with you to provide further information and guidance.

October LSAT-Flex Resources:

    • LSAC will be offering resources and support for students who have equipment needs and/or are unable to identify an appropriate test space for LSAT-Flex administrations. If you will need support or assistance for the October LSAT-Flex, you must contact LSAC via online form located in your LSAC account before Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11:59 EST (10:59 CST).
    • Pre-Law Advising Services is currently working on securing on campus test space options for the October LSAT-Flex administration. Rooms will be available on a need-based, first come, first served basis. Please stay tuned for additional details in the upcoming weeks!
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UPDATE: October LSAT

Below please find the recent announcement from LSAC regarding the October LSAT administration…

Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, LSAC has made the decision to offer the online, remotely proctored LSAT-Flex in October, instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for October 3 in the U.S. and Canada and instead of the in-person international LSAT scheduled for October 4 or October 10.

The October LSAT-Flex will be administered the week starting Saturday, October 3. Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday, with a small number of tests occurring Wednesday based on specific remote proctoring requirements. We expect international test takers will test on Thursday, October 8 (US Time), and we will try to provide extended testing hours that day so candidates in every time zone can find times that work for their schedules. Due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration, this will be an undisclosed test.

Because the October LSAT-Flex is an online, remotely proctored test, we are able to offer a variety of test start times for test takers to choose from. We will open the scheduling sign-up process about two weeks before the first day of testing in October, so test takers can select the available time that works best for them. Test takers will receive more information and instructions prior to that time.

The October LSAT-Flex will count toward the annual, multi-year, and lifetime limits on taking the LSAT. We are targeting Friday, October 23, as the score release date.

    • Registration Information: Registration for the October LSAT-Flex is open through Friday, August 21.
        • Candidates currently registered for the October LSAT may either take the October LSAT-Flex or opt out and receive a coupon that can be applied to any future test between November 2020 and April 2021. Candidates should visit their LSAC account and submit the online form with their choice.
        • If LSAC does not hear from candidates by August 21, they will be automatically registered for the October LSAT-Flex on or about August 24.
        • Withdraw: Candidates may withdraw from the October LSAT-Flex by September 25, 2020, and receive the coupon. After the September 25 deadline, coupons are not available.

 

Test Day Resources (Equipment and Testing Location): As with previous administrations of the LSAT-Flex, LSAC is working to help every test taker in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada have the equipment and other resources they need to take the online, remotely proctored exam and do their best work. Any candidate who does not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to test should submit an online form in their LSAC account no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, September 13, 2020, so that we can work with them to address their needs. Through the first three administrations of the LSAT Flex, we have shipped more than 650 free loaner devices to candidates who did not have a computer to take the online test, and guaranteed hotel reimbursements to hundreds more who needed reliable internet or a quiet place to test. We are committed to ensuring that COVID-19 does not create new barriers for students who want to pursue legal education.

NEW!  First-Time Taker Score Preview Option: In response to requests from test takers, LSAC has created a new score preview option for first-time test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether or not to keep it. For the October test, score preview will cost $45 before 11:59 p.m. ET on October 2, or $75 after testing has concluded. First-time test takers who have an approved LSAT fee waiver will receive score preview free of charge. You can learn more about the score preview option here.

For more information, please visit the LSAC website.

 

 

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Updates from LSAC!

Please see the following recently announced updates to the August 2020 LSAT Administration…

August 2020 LSAT Administration Updates

Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, the LSAT-Flex will be offered in August  instead of the in-person LSAT scheduled for August 29 (U.S. and Canada). The August LSAT-Flex will be administered starting Saturday, August 29. Most test takers will test on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a small number of tests occurring later in the week based on specific remote proctoring requirements. LSAC will continue to provide loaner devices and quiet, internet-equipped places to test for candidates that need assistance, to help maintain diversity, equity, and opportunity in the face of COVID-19. Due to the demands of the LSAT-Flex administration, this will be an undisclosed test. The targeted score release date is Friday, September 18.

  • Any candidate who is already registered for the August 29 LSAT may either take the August LSAT-Flex or opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future test between October 2020 and April 2021. Current August registrants should visit their LSAC account and submit the online form with their choice. If no election is made by July 15, candidates will be automatically registered for the August LSAT-Flex on or about July 16. Note: Candidates may withdraw from the August LSAT-Flex any time up to August 21, 2020 and receive the coupon. After the withdrawal deadline, no coupon will be provided.
  • Any candidate who does not have the necessary equipment or an appropriate place to test should alert LSAC to their situation via the same online form in their LSAC account no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, August 9, 2020.
  • Because the August LSAT-Flex is an online, remotely proctored test, LSAC will offer a variety of test start times for candidates to choose from. The scheduling sign-up process will open in mid-August.

 

Update to LSAT Writing Sample Requirements:

In response to feedback from member law schools, LSAC is reinstating the requirement that all test takers must have a completed LSAT Writing sample on file before they will receive their score for the August LSAT-Flex or future tests. The writing sample has been a required part of the LSAT for decades.  Law schools expect to see the LSAT writing sample when they review a candidate’s application and many schools have reported that they now find the writing sample even more valuable due to the improved readability of the online LSAT Writing format introduced in June 2019.

To help candidates complete the writing portion of their test, LSAC will now open LSAT Writing eight (8) days prior to every test administration. Candidates may complete their LSAT Writing at the time and date that is most convenient to them, but we will not release scores to candidates or schools until a candidate has a completed writing sample in their file. Candidates only need one writing sample. August (and future) test takers who already have a writing sample on file from a previous exam do not need to complete a new LSAT Writing sample.

 

For additional information about the LSAT-Flex visit the FAQ page.

For candidates who want to familiarize themselves with the format and content of the LSAT-Flex, free Official LSAT Prep practice tests are available on LSAC’s LawHub.

For more information about LSAT Writing, see https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/about-lsat-writing

 

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Advising Appointments Resume June 15!

A message from the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services…

Hello pre-law students and alumni!  My name is Megan Pickens and I am very excited to be taking over leadership of the Pre-Law Advising Office here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining Pre-Law Advising Services I worked at the University of Illinois College of Law in the Office of Student Affairs and Academic Administration.  I am a licensed attorney in Illinois and was a practicing attorney prior to joining the University.  

Thank you all for your patience during this period of transition.  I look forward to helping you explore your interest in law school and the legal profession. 

Appointments:

Virtual advising appointments will resume the week of June 15.  Appointments can be scheduled online at: https://go.oncehub.com/PreLawAdvisingatIllinois.  Please be sure to review the guidelines for appointments on the Pre-Law Advising website, prior to scheduling an appointment.

Questions may also be emailed to ccaas-prelaw@illinois.edu.

I look forward to sharing news about additional members of the Pre-Law Advising team in the upcoming months!

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Important Updates! Summer 2020 and Future LSAT Administration

Below please find important updates from LSAC regarding future and Summer 2020 LSAT offerings including adjustments to planned test dates, deadlines, administration format, and fees.

Summer 2020 Updates

Given the continued uncertainties and health risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to replace the in-person LSAT scheduled for July 13 in the U.S. and Canada with an LSAT-Flex administration, which would occur the week of July 12 with scores available on July 30. We have also extended the July test registration deadline to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, June 1, to allow additional time for candidates to register given the new testing dates and format.

In addition, the in-person paper-and-pencil International LSAT scheduled for June 27-28 will also be cancelled, and those international test takers will have the option of taking the LSAT-Flex during the week of July 12 as well.

As you may know, we recently delivered the first LSAT-Flex administration in the U.S. and Canada, which was generally quite successful. Nearly 10,000 candidates took the LSAT-Flex between May 18 and 22. While some test takers experienced technical difficulties with their computers, internet connection, or the proctoring process, 99% of test takers who started the test successfully completed it. We are using the experience of delivering the May exam to make future LSAT-Flex administrations even better.

Our next LSAT-Flex administration is scheduled for the week of June 14, so we will continue to learn and apply any lessons to the July LSAT-Flex administration.

2020-2021 Test Administration and Fees

LSAC has today opened up registration for all of the remaining tests in the 2020-2021 testing cycle. While it is too soon to predict how the ongoing COVID-19 emergency will affect the format or dates of these tests, we will continue doing everything we can to support our law school candidates and provide testing opportunities, while following public health guidance to help protect the safety of test takers and the broader community.

We also announced today that the prices for all LSAC services – testing, CAS, school reports, cancellation fees, and other services – will remain at their 2019-2020 levels. While the cost of providing many of these services continues to rise, LSAC is committed to closing the gap through greater efficiency in order to keep candidate costs as low as possible.

 

You can find more information about the LSAT-Flex at LSAT-Flex Frequently-Asked-Questions page, and more information about 2020-2021 registration and pricing at LSAC.org. If you want to familiarize yourself with the format and content of the LSAT-Flex, we recommend using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC’s LawHub.

 

 

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