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Taking the July LSAT? What You Need to Know

The July LSAT is going to be different than any other LSAT administration.

Why? Because the July 2019 LSAT will be offered in a digital format for the first time! Some test takers will take the exam in the traditional paper and pencil format, and others will take the exam digitally.

While this is a big change, there’s no need to be overwhelmed. The Law School Admissions Council will not only allow all July 2019 test takers to see their score and cancel it, but also retake the exam for no extra cost at any time before April 2020.

Let’s take a look at all the deadlines for the July exam to help you stay on track with your registration and law school applications.

July LSAT Dates and Deadlines

The July LSAT is the perfect LSAT, because it’s early enough for you to retest if needed, or get the exam out of the way completely and focus on your applications. Plus, if you’re a student, summer is a great time to test, because you can focus on just one subject—the LSAT!

Registration Deadlines

  • May 29, 2019 – registration deadline.
  • June 2, 2019 – Regular registration and deadline.
  • June 27, 2019 – Photo upload deadline.
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM: LSAT 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 .

  • June 19, 2019 – this is the deadline to change your test date, your location, or cancel your registration without forfeiting your entire registration fee.
  • July 14, 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.

Keep in mind that most of your studying time will fall over the summer. If you’re a student that could work out well, but think about all of your engagements during this time. Map out your study schedule and ensure that you’ll have enough time to focus on the LSAT.

July LSAT Score Release Dates

Everyone will get their scores by mail about a month after the exam. While that’s not too long, especially compared with the bar exam, the wait can be feel very long.

Fortunately, 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 week earlier than by mail.

You will get an email of your score if you . And as an added bonus, you can also use this account to send your scores to law schools, so go ahead and set one up now. That’s one less thing on your to-do list!

For the July 2019 LSAT, the score release dates are:

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Scores will be emailed to all account holders on this day.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019– Scores will be mailed to all test takers 5-7 business days from this date.

Tips for the July LSAT

  1. Take a practice test to gauge your starting point.

Buy a copy of and take a recent LSAT exam. Find a quiet place to take the practice test and do the whole thing in one sitting (including the writing sample).

Be sure to time yourself—it’s critical to accurately assess your LSAT baseline.

  1. Score your practice test.

Use the answer keys and conversion tables at the back of your book to figure out how you did. More importantly, assess your strengths and weaknesses by making note of how many questions you missed in each section. Knowing this will allow you to structure your LSAT prep accordingly.

  1. Write down your goal score.

If you haven’t already, start looking at law schools and determine the score you’ll need to be competitive. If you’re considering top 100 schools, you’ll need a very solid application as well as a great LSAT score.

  1. Design your study schedule.

The final step is to estimate how long it will take you to get from your baseline score to your goal score. For most people, that’s somewhere in the range of 2-6 months. Make sure you have enough time to study between now and the July exam, or consider signing up for a later administration.

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 taking the September or October LSAT instead and giving yourself more time 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 July LSAT is right for you by:

    • Determining your baseline LSAT score based on a practice test,
    • Setting your goal score based on your target law schools, and
    • Establishing how much time you’ll need, and how much time you’ll actually have, to dedicate to studying for the LSAT.

    After you complete these steps, you’ll be confident deciding 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 and that you stick to the schedule.

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