In an age of progressing technology, it is no surprise that standardized tests are weaning away from paper-and-pencil booklets and turning to digital click-the-answer tablets. The Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, is finally joining this long-overdue trend this summer. Starting with the July 2019 exam, the LSAT will begin its transition to electronic testing. So, what does this mean for those who are currently spending long days and longer nights studying every aspect of law in preparation for this summers test? Here is what you need to know about the new digital LSAT.
The test will not change
The actual test, structure, and questions, will not change. The idea behind the digitalization of the test is to provide efficiency for both the test taker and Law School Admission Council who scores the test. While in the beginning the test scores may be delayed due to a mix of traditional and digital tests being administered during the transition period, eventually, the scores will become entirely automated, yielding fasters results.
There is now a take-home portion
The 35-minute writing sample will now be required to be completed at home, within 1 year of the exam. However, what may seem like a convenience to be given more time to prepare for the written section comes at a price of $15. In addition to the price and prolongment of the exam to your home, there are stipulations along with this. The LSAC requires specific hardware installed before completing the written portion, and the software comes with webcam and microphone capabilities to ensure that students are remaining ethical with the exam.
There are practice tests available
To aid in the alleviation of stress on the changing structure, the LSAC has provided free online practice tests that registered students can take. This will provide them with the opportunity to become familiar with the structure of the test, as well as all of the tools and resources that the new digital face has to offer.
There are useful tools included
For those who prefer to brainstorm their answers the old fashioned way, students will still be provided a pen and blank scratch paper to use in addition to the tablet. Otherwise, the digital test itself is now equipped with a number of resources and helpful tools to make the test more efficient. A section timer with a built-in warning signal, highlighting capabilities, control of the color of the font, and the ability to flag questions to return at a later time are just a few examples.
Considering the LSAT is a stressful test as it is, written or digital, the LSAC is taking extra steps to ensure that every student is still provided a fair and equal opportunity to succeed and, hopefully, pass on to law school. As with any test, practice and studying will never be off trend.