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Taking the September LSAT? What You Need to Know

Note: Updated for 2017!

With the June LSAT now history, you only have two more options for an LSAT test date this year. The first is Saturday, September 16, 2017, and the second is Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Let’s take a look at all the important dates you need to know for the September 2017 LSAT, along with our top tips for preparing for the September LSAT.

September LSAT Reminder

September LSAT Dates and Deadlines

Registration Deadlines

  • August 2, 2017 – Regular registration and non-published test center registration deadline (for those of you who live far away from and can’t travel to a published test center).
  • August 9, 2017 – Late registration deadline (you’ll have to pay an additional $90 to sign up late.)
  • August 22, 2017 – Photo upload deadline.

If you think you may need to register for a non-published test center, check out the Law School Admission Council’s instructions regarding . (Note: There’s no late registration for a non-published test center. If you miss the deadline, you’re out of luck!)

There is limited seating at many of the test center locations, so be sure to register early to get the test center you want. If you’re not sure where you’d like to take the LSAT, be sure to check out How to Choose the Best LSAT Test Center.

Cancellation Deadlines

Once you register, you can still change your mind about or your . You can also , or, if you miss the cancellation deadline, you can at least .

  • August 22, 2017 – this is the deadline to change your test date, your location, or cancel your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • September 15, 2017 – this is the deadline to withdraw your registration. You will not be able to receive a refund at this point or use the fee towards another test date.

If you decide to change your test date, or your test center, you will have to pay an additional $90.00. Also, if you cancel by August 22nd, you are still only going to get part of your registration fee back. To request a refund, you’d need to , and either mail, email, or fax it to LSAC.

Although you can receive a refund, I’d recommend that you only sign up for the LSAT test date that you feel you can adequately prepare for in the time you have. Check out our study schedules and make sure you have the time to dedicate to studying in the weeks leading up to the September LSAT.

September LSAT Score Release Dates

Everyone gets their scores back in the mail, and it usually takes just over a month. While that’s not very long, at least compared to the bar exam, the wait can be pretty brutal.

Luckily, you can also opt in and receive your LSAT score via email. While it’s not the “official” score letter, you’ll get your score a full week earlier. For the September 2017 LSAT, here are the release dates for email.

  • October 12, 2017 – Scores released online.
  • October 19, 2017 – Scores mailed to those without online accounts.

You will get an email of your score if you , so, unless you love waiting, I’d recommend setting up an online account. And as an added bonus, you can also use this account to send your scores to law schools.

Tips and Pointers for the September LSAT

  1. Take a practice test.

Purchase a copy ofand take a real LSAT exam from a recent year. Find a quiet place, like a library, to take the practice test and do the whole thing in one sitting (including the writing sample).

Be sure to time yourself strictly—it’s critical to accurately assess your starting point. For more tips on getting the most from your practice test, check out How to Take an LSAT Practice Test.

  1. Score your practice test.

Use the answer keys and conversion tables at the back of each test in your book to figure out what you scored. More importantly, look at how many questions you missed in each section and to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these will allow you to structure your preparation accordingly.

  1. Determine your goal score.

If you haven’t already, start researching schools and determine the score you’ll need to be competitive. If you’re considering top 100 schools, check out LSAT Scores at the Top 100 Law Schools to get a sense of what score you’ll need to get.

  1. Build a study plan.

The final step is to estimate how long it will take you to get from your current score to your goal score. For most people, that’s somewhere in the range of 2-6 months.That means taking the September 2017 LSAT is going to put you on a tight schedule.

If you need to increase your score by less than 10 points, you’re in great shape. However, if you’re trying to improve by more than 10 points in two months, you have a real challenge ahead of you. Consider postponing to the December 2017 LSAT and giving yourself a few more months to prepare.

Top LSAT Tips

Here are some of our favorite pointers, whether you are just getting started or are polishing up those LSAT skills:

Intro to LSAT Pacing

Top Five Ways to Improve Your LSAT Score

LSAT Logic Games: Complete Guide

Takeaway

The deadline to register for the September LSAT is quickly approaching. Take the time now to decide if the September LSAT is right for you by:

  • Determining your starting LSAT score based on a practice test;
  • Setting your goal score based on your target law schools; and
  • Establishing how much time you need, and how much time you actually have, to dedicate to LSAT prep.

Once you go through these steps, you’ll feel confident making your decision on which LSAT test date is right for you.

Whenever you decide to take the LSAT, remember the key to getting your best score on the LSAT is making sure you have sufficient time to prepare.

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