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Taking the February 2020 LSAT? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re planning to take the February 2020 LSAT, you’re in the right place. We’ll cover all the important deadlines for the exam and look at some study tips to make sure you do your best on the exam.

Let’s start by looking at all the important dates you need to know for the February 2020 LSAT.

February 2020 LSAT Dates and Deadlines

First and foremost, the February 2020 LSAT is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:30am.

I’d recommending adding that date to your calendar now and check to make sure you have enough time between now and then to study for at least 3 months. (And if you’re not a morning person, consider the March or June exams, which are offered at 12:30pm.)

Second, let’s look at the different registration dates for the February 2020 exam:

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – registration deadline.
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Regular registration and accommodation request deadline.
  • Friday, February 7, 2020 – Photo upload deadline.

If you think you may need to request an accommodation or request a non-published test center, review the sooner rather than later to ensure you meet these deadlines.

Also, there is limited seating at a lot of the test-center locations. If you wait until the registration deadline, you might have to take the exam in another city, which could add to your stress. Be sure to register early!

Next, let’s check out the other important deadlines for the February exam.

Other February 2020 LSAT Deadlines

After you register, you can still make a few changes, such as switching your test center or date. Note, however, that these changes incur additional costs—changing your test date or test center will set you back $125.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Deadline to change your test date, your location, or cancel your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 – Deadline to withdraw your registration. Keep in mind that you won’t be getting any money back if you withdraw from the exam after the January 28th deadline.

And even if you cancel by January 28, you are still only going to get part of your registration fee back—$50 to be exact. To request a refund, , and either email, mail, or fax it to LSAC. You should receive your refund in about three weeks.

The takeaway is that you shouldn’t register until you know for sure that the February date will work with your schedule. However, don’t wait too long—sometimes having the date set is a very powerful motivator!

Now that you have a sense of the deadlines for the February exam, let’s review when scores are released and how best to study for the test.

February 2020 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 feel very, very long.

Luckily, you can choose to receive your LSAT score via email as well. While it’s not the “official” score letter, you’ll get your score a full week earlier. For the February 2020 LSAT, the score release dates have not yet been disclosed. But check back—we’ll include them here as soon as LSAC releases them!

  • TBD – email release date.
  • TBD – mail release date.

You will only get an email of your score if you . Also, you need to know that the mailing date is just that. It’s a mailing date. So, you can add an additional five to seven business days to the date above.

Some Tips and Pointers for the February 2020 LSAT

Choosing an LSAT test date

If you’re uncertain about whether the February LSAT is the date for you, review our full breakdown on LSAT test dates, including which test date best matches up with your goals and application deadlines.

Understanding LSAT scores

You need to have a pretty good idea of what score you need to get to get into your choice law schools before you register for the LSAT. You’re also going to need to know what LSAT percentiles look like, and whether you can improve your score enough to get where you want to be.

This is really important. If you are only a few points below where you want to be, go ahead and sign up. On the other hand, if you need to increase your score by more than 7 points, you might want to hold off on the February 2020 LSAT and consider a spring or summer date to give yourself a little more time to prepare.

Top LSAT Tips

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

 

Recap

If you’re looking to get the LSAT done early and have plenty of time to focus on the other parts of your law school application, the February LSAT is the perfect date for you. Also, the February exam leaves you plenty of time to retest, if needed. But the LSAT is offered nine times a year, so be sure to consider the other dates to see if another might work better for you!

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