Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LSAC Limits The Number Of Times Law School Applicants Can Take The LSAT

LSAT, Security Concerns Spur New Limits on Repeating the LSAT:

The maker of the Law School Admission Test this month announced that it’s reinstating limits on the number of times people may take the entrance exam, just two years after doing away with its previous limits.

Starting in September, aspiring lawyers may take the LSAT no more than three times in a testing year, which runs from June through May. Additionally, people may not take the exam more than five times during the current testing year and previous five testing years, combined. In all, people may take the LSAT up to seven times total. The new limits are forward-looking and any scores earned prior to the September administration do not count toward the totals.

Until late 2017, the Law School Admission Council limited people from taking the LSAT no more than three times over a two-year period. (Law schools receive each score earned, not just the highest one.) It did away with that rule during an expansion of testing dates. The LSAT used to be administered just four times a year, and will soon be given 10 times each year. 

Lily Knezevich, the senior vice president for learning and assessment at the council, said eliminating the limits in 2017 was not intended to spur more people to retake the LSAT. Rather, the council wasn’t sure what would happen to the number of people taking the test again once people had more opportunities to retake, so it needed time to gather data. The council has always encouraged people to take the exam after extensive preparation, and only repeat if they truly felt they hadn’t done their best, she said.

What the council found in the past year was a tiny fraction of people taking the LSAT again and again for no apparent reason—some who never even applied to a law school. This sparked security concerns, according to Knezevich.

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