COVID-19 Updates

Most Current LSAT Information

LSAC will host another webinar tomorrow further explaining the new LSAT Flex test.  It is unclear whether or not this will be a new format that will be offered long term so I would encourage everyone who is able to sign on and learn what they can about this test.

Those less concerned with LSAT Flex should still sign on to the webinar as UT Law Admissions Dean Mathiew Le and South Texas Law Admissions Dean Alicia Cramer will be participating panelists in the webinar and will be providing some valuable insight into COVID cycle applications and what they will be looking at going forward with applicants currently dealing with this atypical Spring 2020 distance learning semester.  They will be joined by Kellye Testy, LSAC President and 2 other admissions panelists.

Topic: Free Webinar Learn About the May LSAT-Flex

Time: April 15th 12:00 p.m. CST

For many of you whose March and April LSAT exams have now been cancelled, please see below the list of FAQs for how LSAC is handling the new policy changes and working to address the needs of the Fall 2020 Applicants.  For those of you who are applying later, below is the latest update to the testing schedule for the 2020-2021 LSAT testing cycle.  Please do keep in mind when scheduling your tests that the June test has a very high probability of being cancelled due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus progression and the ever-changing need for social distancing in our regions and communities.  As always, we will continue working to bring you all the latest as we learn it.  Reach out directly if you have any specific questions I might be able to assist with.

Updated LSAT Testing Dates

Monday, June 8 *^

Monday, July 13 *

Saturday, August 29^

Saturday, October 3

Saturday, November 14^

Saturday, January 16

Saturday, February 20

Saturday, April 10, 8 

* June and July tests are at 12:30 PM.  All other dates are 8:30 AM
^ June, August, and November tests are disclosed. All other dates are non-disclosed.

The following is guidance received directly from LSAC concerning LSAT Testing for the month of March and beyond.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the March test, err on the side of caution and reach out directly to LSAC about your test dates.  If you have any doubts about taking the LSAT this month due to worries about exposure or stress related to current events, I would advise you to err on the side of caution and reschedule your test date.

All of us at LSAC are saddened by the Coronavirus outbreaks around the world and in numerous areas of the United States. We are working with global, national, and local officials to comply with local health directives and guidance, while also striving to address the needs of test takers and schools.

We recognize that candidates may have questions about how the Coronavirus outbreak will affect upcoming LSAT administrations. We have created a Coronavirus resource page on LSAC.org to provide the latest information as well as answers to frequently asked questions. We will update this page whenever new information is available, and we hope that it is a helpful resource for you as you advise your students. We welcome any feedback or additional questions you or your students have.

The March 30 LSAT in the United States and Canada is currently scheduled to proceed as planned, although the situation could change depending on updates and guidance from local or national health authorities. Should it become necessary to close or move certain testing centers, we will communicate directly with affected candidates and work to reschedule them to another date.

Given the uncertainties around the Coronavirus outbreak, we are extending the date-change deadline and waiving date-change fees for the March LSAT. Any test taker currently registered for the March 2020 LSAT may switch to the April 2020, June 2020, or July 2020 test by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on Friday, March 20, at no additional charge. We are communicating this new date-change policy directly to all March registrants and encourage you to share it with the students you advise as well.

We also have revised our test day rules in response to the Coronavirus situation, to allow test takers to wear nose and mouth masks and to bring hand sanitizer, if they wish.

For more information about these policy changes, or any other Coronavirus issues, please refer to our Coronavirus resource page.

LSAC Updates

Did you miss the March 27th webcast from LSAC? They have posted it at https://www.lsac.org/free-webinar-law-school-admission-time-covid-19/recordings-mxCWDXBA8k.

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak forced cancellation of the March LSAT. The April LSAT in North America may also be canceled or postponed. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health authorities and will announce a final decision about the April test no later than April 10, so that April registrants have the opportunity to plan accordingly.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, LSAC is working to provide testing alternatives for candidates, including candidates who need a score for admission this fall. We are looking at a number of options, including adding another test date in the late spring, secure remote-proctored testing, the possibility of in-person testing in smaller groups with appropriate social distancing and other safety measures, and more. We will continue to provide frequent updates on these efforts.

I wanted to make you aware of another step we are taking to help candidates get a reportable score in order to apply to law school during this difficult time. Any candidate who registered for the March 2020 or April 2020 LSAT, and who has a canceled score from a previous LSAT, will now have the opportunity to review their canceled score and restore that canceled score to their record if they choose.

Our records indicate that more than 3,000 of the candidates who registered for the March and April LSAT administrations have a previously canceled score. Many of these individuals do not currently have a non-canceled score, so allowing them to review and restore their canceled score could be an important step in enabling them to complete their application process for admission this fall.

Participation is completely optional, but given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 emergency, we are strongly encouraging all candidates who had registered for the March and April LSATs to take advantage of this opportunity if they have a previously canceled score. We appreciate everything you are doing to support candidates during this time, and hope that you will encourage eligible candidates with whom you are in touch to take advantage of this opportunity as quickly as possible given where we are in the admission cycle. 

We will be providing March and April registrants with their canceled scores over the next few days via confidential email. For candidates who choose to restore a previously canceled score, we will update their files within 2-3 business days, and new reports will be provided to any schools to which they have applied during this cycle.

This “Review and Restore” opportunity could help a significant number of candidates, but we know it won’t address the needs of everyone. We will continue our work to provide a variety of testing alternatives for the next several months. We also applaud the efforts of so many of our member law schools who have extended application deadlines and taken other steps to provide greater flexibility for candidates.

You can also find the answers to commonly asked questions at our COVID-19 information page on LSAC.org.

Questions About Law School Applications?

Get answers to some of your questions and guidance on application deadlines and seat deposits from some area law schools.

GRE Instead of LSAT?

Students considering taking the GRE instead of the LSAT can now take the exam from home.  Please see below for further guidance and instruction.  Those students who have not yet taken the LSAT, are interested in schools accepting the GRE and do not want to wait for additional testing dates from LSAC might consider this option.

**Do note that not all law schools accept the GRE.  So consider carefully before making this election.**

ETS is proud to introduce a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. TOEFL® testing is scheduled to begin on March 26, and GRE testing will begin on March 27.

Testing will be conducted through the use of live remote proctoring serviced by ProctorU®. This high-touch, real-time human monitoring of test sessions limits the number of seats available. Students can register beginning today in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Macau (China)

ETS is working diligently to provide this at home option in other affected areas. We will share additional details about the rollout plan as we are able and appreciate your patience as we work toward this goal.

ETS is taking every precaution to ensure that the tests students will take from home meet our high standards for validity, reliability and security. We are employing multiple best-in-class security measures that use both real-time human monitoring and artificial intelligence technology:

  • Live proctors will ensure constant vigilance, including confirming the test taker's identity and scanning their home environment before testing begins, flagging any suspicious activity and intervening if necessary.
  • Artificial Intelligence technology — such as facial recognition, gaze tracking and video recording of the entire session — will guard against malicious activity. Examples of test taker activities that AI will flag as possible cheating incidents include attempts to open a new browser, run unpermitted software and use unpermitted objects such as a cell phone.

Find more details about security measures and answers to other questions you may have on the TOEFL and GRE web pages dedicated to this purpose.

We recognize the intense pressure that many institutions are under to ensure that prospective students are able to complete their applications on time and apply to your institutions. Thank you for your continued support of ETS's high-quality assessment solutions; your trust means the world to us. Should you need ETS's support during this time, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at TOEFLnews@ets.org or GREtests@ets.org.

Sincerely,

Walt MacDonald
President and Chief Executive Officer