Nov 20, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The LSAT, the law school admissions exam that over 99 percent of all law school applicants take, is going digital. 

According to a recent press release from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), Kellye Testy, President and CEO of LSAC, said, "The LSAT will be fully digital in North America starting in September 2019. We’ve planned this transition carefully to ensure candidates have all the information they need to decide their preferred testing schedule."

LSAC has scheduled the transition to begin in July 2019. Law school candidates will have a combination of both exams until the exam goes completely digital next fall. 

July test-takers will also have the added benefit of seeing their score before they decide if they wish to cancel it, regardless of the format. Students who decide to cancel can retake through April 2020 free of charge.

Testy explained, "The structure of the test sections and test questions will not be any different than the paper-and-pencil LSAT, and we’ll be providing free online tutorials, so we don’t think test takers will have any problems moving to the digital version."

She added, "In our field tests, candidates found the Digital LSAT easy to use. That said, we wanted to provide additional options for those who register for our July transitional test."

The new digital LSAT has been years in the making. Testy explained that the LSAC wanted "higher security and a better user experience" than the current electronic testing models available. 

Testy explained that the LSAT will remain the bar that law schools continue to use to assess law school readiness by most law schools.

"The LSAT is widely acknowledged as the best tool for assessing the potential for candidates to succeed in law school and pass the bar examination," said Testy. "The Digital LSAT will maintain the quality and predictive value that the LSAT is known for, while providing a modern delivery system that enhances security, access, and ease of use."

She added, “For 99% of law school candidates, their enrollment journey begins with the LSAT. Our goal is to make it easy and convenient for candidates to pursue their passion for law and justice.”

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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