April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

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April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by PowerScoreAdmin » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:35 pm

LSAC has just released a statement confirming what we've long suspected: the April LSAT administration in North America will not take place this year.

What's far, FAR more unexpected however is what they're doing instead.

Here's the latest:
  • LSAC has opted to add a test date in May that will be administered at-home for approximately 18,000 students, those impacted by the March and April cancellations. (It appears there will not be open registration, so unless you were originally enrolled in March or April then May will not be an option for you).
  • This test will take place in "the second half of May," per LSAC. I'll update this post when official dates are announced.
  • Most interestingly: this May exam will only include three sections rather than the usual five (four scored plus an experimental). So anyone affected by these disruptions and testing in May will have one section of Logic Games, one of Reading Comprehension, and only one section of Logical Reasoning. This is intended to reduce test length and take into consideration bathroom breaks, interruptions, and the like.
  • The scoring will be on the same 120-180 scale as always...meaning this test will have its own unique conversion curve where the approximately 75-question count will be used to determine final results. It will also be a nondisclosed exam, so those testing will receive a score and percentile, but not a copy of the test content.
  • May’s at-home test will be accessible on Macs and PCs, so most hardware and software formats will be supported, as will any accommodations such as extra time. However, it seems—oddly, given the test's current format—that tablets won't be allowed. Again, I'll elaborate further as I learn more...
There’s no word yet on plans for June and beyond, but we expect a similar delivery process in June if regular in-person testing can’t safely resume by the planned test date (something Dave and I both believe is unlikely).

We’ll continue to provide updates as we learn more. In the meantime, this is great news for March and April enrollees, as most schools will undoubtedly extend deadlines to account for this new test, including waitlist and scholarship decisions!

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Re: April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by haus » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:49 pm

Interesting, I wonder if any state bar exams will follow the lead of the LSAT and arrange for an at-home bar?

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Re: April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by UVA2B » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:42 pm

haus wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:49 pm
Interesting, I wonder if any state bar exams will follow the lead of the LSAT and arrange for an at-home bar?
NCBE basically gave state bars a lifeline to extend their decisions when they set out two testing dates in September. There is no way, in my mind, they make these at-home testing.

The LSAT as an at-home test option seems pretty obvious at this point though, so good on them for reading the tea leaves of the GRE starting to eat their pudding.

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Re: April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by haus » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:12 pm

I think that as summer approaches, there will be a real concern about additional waves of coronavirus spread, especially if we see Wuhun have problems after they try to return to normal. If so, holding an exam bringing thousands of people together in person for multiple days in September may not seem like a great idea.

Especially, since several colleges are working on plans on how to move forward in the fall if they do not feel they can open their campuses and have in person classes.

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Re: April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by UVA2B » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:16 pm

I didn't say the plan would work, I just said NCBE is offering a life line allowing state bars to kick the can down the road. A state can elect to adopt any of the three proposed testing dates without consequence right now, knowing full well that even a September test date is unreasonable.

It's institutional reaffirmation of its own importance, and that will go hard as long as it can. State bars won't want to cave to pressure to forego their screening process until absolutely necessary.

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Re: April 2020 LSAT Cancelled - May exam added to take AT HOME

Post by haus » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:54 pm

good point

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