In-Person vs. Remote LSAT: How to Choose
In recent years, the LSAT has seen a number of changes—the biggest being a change to a digital test format with the option to take the LSAT either at home or at a testing center.
Gabriel Kuris, founder of Top Law Coach and contributor at US News, recently explored the new digital format LSAT and offered a few tips on how applicants can choose between taking the test remotely vs. in person.
IN-PERSON TESTING: WHAT TO EXPECT
The LSAT is administered in person across more than 4,000 testing centers worldwide.
“The test sites are designed and staffed specifically for test administration,” Kuris says. “This means, for example, that test-takers will have lockers where they can store disallowed items before taking the test.”
Since the in-person test uses the same platform as the remote version, many aspects of the testing experience are identical.
“Both in-person and remote test-takers will have the same online tools like a timer, navigation bar and digital highlighter,” Kuris says. “They also will have access to pencils and scrap paper for all multiple-choice sections, but not for the LSAT writing section.”
CHOOSING IN-PERSON VS. REMOTE
Deciding whether or not to take the LSAT in-person or remotely depends largely on your personal comfort.
“Some feel less test anxiety at home, while others feel more alert and focused in a dedicated workspace,” Kuris says. “Despite the abundance of test centers, travel time might be a factor to consider. Getting to a test center on time can be stressful. On the other hand, some test-takers might feel more stressed about the reliability of their home internet connection, or potential disruptions from roommates, children or pets.”
That said, there may be some instances where changing your environment may benefit you.
“If you are retaking the LSAT, consider whether switching from remote to in-person testing might add new uncertainties or help you approach the test afresh,” Kuris says. “Taking the test in a new environment may help you put aside bad feelings about previous tests.”
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