Kaplan Survey: Law Schools Say Applicants Who Take At-Home Version of LSAT® Amid COVID-19 Not at Admissions Disadvantage

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New York, NY (September 22, 2020) — There’s good news for law school applicants amid the most unpredictable admissions cycle in recent history. According to a new Kaplan survey of nearly 100 law schools across the United States, taking the shorter, one-hour and 45 minutes, at-home version of the usual LSAT exam—called the LSAT-Flex—will not put aspiring attorneys at an admissions disadvantage compared to those who submit scores from the regular exam*. According to the survey, 92 percent say they will evaluate applicants equally regardless of which LSAT version they take.

Another survey result finds that 60 percent agree that an at-home version of the LSAT “would produce a fair, reliable score for test-takers that I would have confidence in as an admissions officer evaluating applicants”; 13 percent disagree, while the remaining 27 percent didn’t offer a definitive opinion. 

This vote of confidence in the LSAT-Flex comes after an initial unease among some in the legal education community about the 2020-2021 academic year and admissions cycle, with administrations of the LSAT being cancelled for health reasons. This was followed by the news that an at-home version of the LSAT would take its place only temporarily, allowing students whose tests were cancelled to stick with their application plans. Subsequently, the Law School Admission Council, the makers of the exam, has announced that the only version available the rest of 2020 will be LSAT-Flex. As recently as June, law school applications were down 2.5 percent from the same time last year, but more recent data show applications slightly up.

“The most asked question we’ve received from pre-law students this year has been, ‘Will I be at an admissions disadvantage if I take the shortened LSAT-Flex instead of the longer regular LSAT?’ Now we have an answer. Almost every law school reports that a strong score is a strong score no matter which version of the test you take. There has been lagging skepticism among some prospective law school applicants, but hopefully these survey results erase those doubts,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of legal programs, Kaplan. 

Mr Thomas continues: “At Kaplan, we strongly encourage aspiring law school students to take advantage of the at-home version of the LSAT instead of waiting for testing centers to reopen. Not only is the exam significantly shorter than the regular LSAT, but there’s also no telling when the regular LSAT in testing centers will be offered again, as LSAT-Flex is the only version being administered through the end of 2020. The bottom line is that not only is LSAT-Flex your best option, but it’s your only option until at least early 2021.”

LSAT-Flex is composed of three 35-minute scored sections instead of the traditional five 35-minute sections (four scored and one unscored), potentially an advantage for test-takers for whom endurance is a challenge. LSAT-Flex is available on any laptop or desktop computer with a Windows or Mac operating system. Test takers are monitored by a live proctor through webcam and microphone.

For more information about the Kaplan survey and preparing for the LSAT, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

*Based on the results of a Kaplan e-survey conducted between June 2020 and July 2020 of 91 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. Among the 91 law schools surveyed are 16 of the top 25, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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