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New York, NY (July 8, 2019) — The LSAT, the most widely taken admissions exam to get into law school, is just days away from its biggest change in decades. Beginning July 15, the exam begins its transition from a paper-and-pencil format to a digital and mobile interface, on a tablet. For the July administration, upon arrival, approximately half of test takers will be assigned to take the exam on a tablet, while half will take it using paper-and-pencil; but beginning in September every student will take it on a tablet.
Kaplan Test Prep has released a free downloadable 25-page e-book outlining everything test-takers need to know about the digital test, including a walkthrough of the new testing interface. Below are some must-knows and best strategies:
- To Scratch or Not to Scratch: For the paper-and-pencil LSAT, test takers are not given any scratch paper — all scratch work is done in the test booklet — and are barred from bringing any to the test site. Now, each test taker will be provided with a booklet of blank paper (you still may not bring any from outside the test site) along with the digital tablet. It will be important for digital LSAT takers to practice taking notes and drawing Logic Games sketches on paper separate from the test questions. As you’re practicing, think about details such as where you want to keep the tablet and scratch paper on the desk as you work.
- No More Bubbling: On the paper-and-pencil LSAT, test takers could circle or cross-out answers in the test booklet, but you did not get credit for an answer unless you accurately bubbled it on the answer grid. In the digital interface, your only concern is clicking on the correct answer. If the correct answer for Question 2 is (E), all you have to do is click (E) to the left of the answer choice. The tablet will record your answer choice for each question, making mis-bubbling a thing of the past.
- Flagging It: The digital LSAT has a FLAG tool that allows test takers to note questions to which you want to return, time permitting. Get used to flagging questions you skip and those for which you choose an answer but want to reconsider or review. In combination with the new functionality allowing you to grey out and eliminate answers, including collapsing answers you know you can safely eliminate, narrowing down your answer choices with visual cues becomes easier. Plus, while on the paper test you couldn’t “un-highlight” a sentence or “uncross” an answer choice, the tablet interface and stylus make this process simple and reversible.
- Timing is Everything: On the digital LSAT, the proctor will tell you to get ready for a section to begin, and then they will press a button that starts the section for all of the tablets in the room. When five minutes remain in the section, test takers will see a pop-up alerting you to time remaining. You will not be able to proceed in the section until you actively close the 5-minute-warning pop-up. From that point until the end of the section, you will not be able to hide the countdown timer. When you have less than five minutes remaining in a section, take a moment to click an answer (even if it’s a guess) to each unanswered question you have remaining. Check your flagged questions to decide which you want to go back to review in the time remaining.
Anthony Coloca, Kaplan Test Prep’s director of pre-law programs notes that just as important as what is changing on the LSAT this month is what’s not changing: “The LSAT’s sections and questions will stay the same, save for the LSAT Writing Sample which you’ll now take on your own from home. Since July test takers will not know which format they will take the exam in until they show up on Test Day, it’s important for everyone to be equipped with digital test-taking strategies.”
One added bonus: for the July exam only, regardless of format taken, test takers will have the opportunity to see their score before they decide whether to cancel it. Those who decide to cancel can choose to retake the test again through April 2020 free of charge. July LSAT scores will be released on August 28.
For more information about the test change, journalists can contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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