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Taking the October LSAT? What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to apply for law school this year, you should strongly consider taking the October LSAT. The October exam allows you get to your scores back in time to apply for schools this application cycle, and even retest if needed.

We’ve put together all of the important dates and deadlines for the October LSAT. Read on to learn if the LSAT is in your (fall) future!

Dates and Deadlines for the October 2019 LSAT

Let’s start with the most important date: the date of the exam.

  • Monday, October 28, 2019: LSAT administration is at 12:30pm.

Registration Dates

Plan to register as soon as possible⁠—test centers fill up fast. You’ll want to ensure you get the best test center so you can have the most stress-free test day (as possible!).

  • Tuesday, September 3: Nonpublished Test Center Registration Deadline
  • Tuesday, September 10: Registration and Accommodation Request Deadline
  • Friday, October 4: Photo upload date. Be sure to submit a photo that meets the LSAC’s photo requirements.

Also, be sure to review the LSAC’s directions for test day, including what are the permissible items in the test center. You want to make sure you have everything you can bring in to help you on the exam—and nothing more!

Changes and Withdrawal Deadlines

In addition to the registration deadline, there are also deadlines by which you can request to change your test center or change your test date for a refund:

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  • Wednesday, September 25: Deadline to request a change in test date or test center, or a refund for an additional fee.
  • Sunday, October 27: Registration withdrawal deadline.

Note: Certain additional fees do apply to each of these requests, so make sure you’re aware of these before you register.

Score Release Dates

The LSAC has not yet disclosed when the October LSAT scores will be released. As a reference point, however, the July exam will be offered on Monday, July 15, and the scores will be released about 5 weeks later on Wednesday, August 28.

Be sure to check back here—we will update this post with the score release dates as soon as they are available!

Tips for the October LSAT

1. Take a practice test to determine your baseline.

Buy a copy of 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI and take a recent LSAT exam. Dedicate a few hours to taking the practice test uninterrupted (including the writing sample).

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

2. Score your practice test.

Use the answer key in your book, determine your overall score and your strengths and weaknesses. And if you haven’t already, start looking at law schools and determine the score you’ll need to be competitive.

3. Design your study schedule.

Finally, assess how far your goal score is from your baseline to help determine how long you’ll need to prep for the LSAT. For most people, it’s usually about 3 months.

Make sure you have sufficient time to bring up your score between now and the October exam, or consider signing up for a later test, like the November LSAT.

Next, let’s take a look at some of our best strategies for doing well on the LSAT.

Top LSAT Approaches

Here are three of our recommended strategies for crushing the LSAT:


The deadline to register for the October LSAT will be here soon. Be sure to take some time and determine whether the October LSAT is right for you by:

  • Determining your baseline LSAT score based on a practice test;
  • Setting your goal score based on where you want to attend law school; and
  • Deciding how much time you need to dedicate to LSAT prep.

Once you work through these steps, you’ll be confident in the test date you choose. Whenever you decide to take the LSAT, remember the key to getting your best score on the LSAT is making sure you have enough time to study!

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