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Taking the January LSAT? What You Need to Know.

If you’re considering taking the January LSAT, you need to know when to register and when to expect your scores back. Since you’ve got your hands full with preparing to take the LSAT, we’ve rounded up all the important dates you need to know here, along with our top tips for preparing for the LSAT.

January LSAT Dates and Deadlines

One important thing to note about the January LSAT is that it is late in the application cycle. This means you definitely will not have time to retest, so plan to test earlier if you can. Or use the January test as an early test date for the next year’s application cycle.

Registration Deadlines

  • December 10, 2018 – registration deadline.
  • December 17, 2018 – Regular registration deadline.
  • January 4, 2019 – Photo upload deadline for Spanish LSAT administration.
  • January 18, 2019 – Photo upload deadline for regular administration and Saturday Sabbath Observers administration.

There is limited seating at many of the test center locations, so be sure to register early to get the test center you want.

LSAT Cancellation Deadlines

Even after you register, you can still change your mind about your test center location or test date. You can also cancel your registration, or, if you miss the cancellation deadline, you can at least .

  • January 2, 2019 – this is the deadline to change your test date, your location, or cancel your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • January 25, 2019– this is the deadline to withdraw. 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 $125.00. And even if you cancel by January 2nd, you are only going to get part of your registration fee back.

Be sure to keep in mind that a lot of your studying time will fall over the holidays. If you’re a student that could work in your favor, but think realistically about all of your engagements during this time. You only want to take the LSAT once!

January LSAT Score Release Dates

Everyone gets their scores back in the mail, and it usually takes about 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 January 2019 LSAT, here are the release dates for email.

  • February 15, 2019 – Scores released online.
  • February 22, 2019– Scores mailed to those without online accounts.

You will get an email of your score if you , so 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 January LSAT

  1. Take a practice test.

Purchase a copy of and 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.

  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, you’ll want to have a very solid application in addition to a great LSAT score.

  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 January 2019 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 March or June LSAT and giving yourself a few more months to prepare.

Top LSAT Tips

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

  • 10 LSAT Study Tips You Should Know Before You Test
  • Top Five Ways to Improve Your LSAT Score
  • LSAT Logic Games: Complete Guide
  • Takeaway

    Take the time now to decide if the January 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. Keep in mind that studying for the January LSAT will fall over the holidays.

    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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