LSAT Test Dates

The LSAT is a skills-based exam, which is designed to test the critical reading and analytical thinking skills crucial for success in law school. The LSAT is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools and Canadian common-law schools.

Beginning in 2019, the LSAT changed from a paper-and-pencil test to a digital, tablet-based test. The writing sample is taken separately via the LSAC website.

LSAT 2020-2021 Test Dates & Registration deadlines 

LSAT registration requires that you sign up at least one month prior to the LSAT test date.  Registration can be done online with your account or over the phone at (215) 968-1001.

LSAT Test Date (US & Canada) LSAT Registration Deadline  LSAT Scores Released
Monday, January 13, 2020 Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Thursday, February 6, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020 - Canceled Monday, February 11, 2020 n/a
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - Canceled Tuesday, March 10, 2020 n/a
Week of May 18, 2020 (May LSAT-Flex) April registrants Friday, June 5, 2020
Week of June 14, 2020 (June LSAT-Flex) June registrants Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Week of July 11, 2020 (July LSAT-Flex) Monday, June 1, 2020 TBD
Week of August 29, 2020 (August LSAT-Flex) Wednesday, July 15, 2020 TBD
Saturday, October 3, 2020 Friday, August 21, 2020 TBD
Saturday, November 14, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 TBD
Saturday, January 16, 2021 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 TBD
Saturday, February 20, 2021 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 TBD
Saturday, April 10, 2021 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 TBD

LSAT Test Duration

The LSAT has two parts. The first part is the multiple-choice portion of the exam and consists of five 35-minute sections. The second part of the LSAT is a 35-minute, unscored writing sample. The total LSAT is 3 ½ hours long.


LSAT Section Time  Number of Questions  Score Weight 
Logical Reasoning (2 sections) 35 mins each 24-26 each 50%
Analytical Reasoning 35 min 22-24  23% 
Reading Comprehension 35 min 26-28  27% 
Experimental Section 35 min 22-28 Unscored
Writing Sample 35 min 1 essay Unscored 

LSAT Test Cost

2020-2021 Fees (in U.S. dollars)

 Item  Fee
LSAT (includes LSAT Writing) $200 
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) $195
Law School Report $45 
Test Center Change $125
Test Date Change $125
Nonpublished Test Center Domestic: $295
International: $390
Handscoring $100

LSAT Test Locations

The LSAT has test locations in most major cities all over the world. To find a location nearest you, check HERE .

When is it best to take the LSAT?

Most law schools require that applicants take the LSAT by December for future fall admission. However, it's best to schedule your first exam earlier if you need to increase your score.

How long should you prepare for the LSAT?

The LSAT is completely different than other standardized tests you have taken in high school and college, as it does not test what you know. It tests how you think. You’ll want to spend a lot of time getting to know the test format, the types of questions that will be asked, and practicing the skills, you’ll need to succeed on the exam.

Plan to spend 200–300 hours on LSAT prep over 2-3 months. That’s about 20–25 hours per week.  Most students will use an LSAT prep course to study - see our review of the best LSAT prep courses to help you choose.

Last Updated: 1/7/2021