November 2019 LSAT Instant Reaction

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Many congrats to all those who just completed the November 2019 LSAT, all those who were permitted to take it, anyway. We hope the celebration carries you through the week, to the Wednesday you inevitably see people from your high school to Thanksgiving to Black Friday and, if we’re still calling it this, Cyber Monday. Toast to peptides and microchips while listening to jazz as a projection of an old film plays. Feel like you earned this week’s feast.

And if you’d like to discuss this exam in an LSAC-approved manner, we offer you this comment section. We’re hearing the games were a little tricky on this one. We’re also, unfortunately, hearing about quite a few lengthy test center delays and many test centers that canceled the exam today altogether, some due to technical issues and some because there weren’t enough qualified proctors to administer the test.

To those who signed up at one of the approx. 30 test centers that didn’t hold the exam today, apparently as a result of an insufficient amount of qualified proctors, that’s a tough break. That said, if you want to take the LSAT again as soon as possible, you at least have almost two weeks to cram in some last-minute studying, plus a pretty good excuse if you ever need to dip out from family time this Thanksgiving. For anyone who signed up at one of those test centers, you can make up this test by taking a paper version of the exam on December 8th (and the scores for that make-up will be released on December 19th, the same day those who took the exam today get their scores back). Alternatively, you can get priority registration for a later LSAT, or even receive a refund if you want to opt-out of this LSAT business altogether. If your exam was canceled for some other reason, you should be receiving an update from LSAC about your make-up options.

And finally, back to those who took the exam today, specifically to those who are considering canceling their scores: check out LSAC’s official cancellation policy here. Or you can hear it from us: you have until Sunday, December 1st, 11:59 pm Eastern to cancel. So you have some time. Sleep on it. Take a look at this video, featuring sage advice from Blueprint co-founder Matt Riley.

Before canceling, also consider that almost every law school will simply use your highest LSAT when constructing your academic index, or whatever calculation it uses to assess you as an applicant. Although law schools will see every score you got on the LSAT in the last five years, the vast majority of them won’t hold having multiple LSAT scores against you to a significant degree. For most test takers, our recommendation is … don’t cancel. Choose to receive your score, just on the chance that you’ll be happy enough with the score that you don’t have to study for the next exam. For a more thorough discussion of this issue, check out this blog post.

No matter the decision, you made it out of this LSAT. Now, we hope you can close this post, take a break from this LSAT world, and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

2 Responses

  1. Casey Cousineau says:

    I was one of the students who did not take the test today as expected. I plan to take the Dec. 8 test, but none of my preparation was with the paper version of the test. Any suggestions or tips that would be helpful in transitioning from fully digital to paper?

    • Hi Casey, sorry to hear about that! But preparing for the paper version of the test shouldn’t be too difficult, given that the vast majority of prep materials available are geared towards the paper version of the test. If you’re a Blueprint student, you can print out a pdf of any of the exams you have available on your MyBlueprint account. If you’re not, you can purchase pdf versions of practice exams from LSAC. Take a few paper versions of a test (and practice bubbling in answers on an answer sheet) and the paper test won’t feel too challenging.

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