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New York, NY (September 12, 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 September 21, every student taking the exam will take it in its new digital interface, on a tablet. To prepare test takers, Kaplan has released a free downloadable 25-page e-book outlining everything aspiring attorneys need to know about the digital test. Below are some must-knows and best strategies that students can find in it:
- Bye, Bye 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.
- 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. 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.
The digital LSAT soft launched in July, when approximately half of the test takers were assigned to take the exam on a tablet, while half took it in its now retired paper-and-pencil format. Based on a survey of Kaplan students who took the LSAT in its new format in July, respondents were practically even in their evaluation as to whether the digital test was easier, harder or about what they anticipated, although the largest number claimed it was easier*.
While those results are mixed, digital LSAT takers were more conclusive when specifically asked about technological aspects of the exam like touch-activated page turning, stylus functionality, and time keeping. A majority rate this experience “very good” or “good.” Some students, however, called out specific challenges they faced. The most commonly cited issue was with the stylus, with one student saying, “I kept underlining or highlighting things that I didn’t mean to, or undoing my earlier annotations when I accidentally highlighted more than I needed to.”
Jeff Thomas, Kaplan’s executive director of admissions programs notes that just as important as what is changing on the LSAT is what’s not changing: “The LSAT’s sections and questions are remaining the same, save for the LSAT Writing Sample which you’ll now take on your own from home. At Kaplan, we will continue to prepare students for Test Day with up-to-date, realistic practice materials that will make them feel confident and ready for the new digital format.”
For more information about the LSAT change change, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The e-survey was conducted in July 2019 and includes responses from 118 students who prepared for the LSAT with a Kaplan course and were assigned to take the digital LSAT.
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