The Law School Admission Council, which administers the LSAT, will conduct its first digital exam on May 20 with 1,000 volunteer test takers. This LSAT will be given via heavily encrypted Samsung tablets that are programmed to only reveal the test questions during the testing time. Our understanding is that if this goes well, the LSAT will conceivably become a strictly digital test similar to the GRE and GMAT.
The LSAC has been insisting that the move from the number 2 pencil has been in the works for more than 20 years and that they have spent “tens of millions of dollars” on the effort per Troy Lowry, the LSAC’s Deputy CIO. If you’re curious, we’ll volunteer that we’re a bit skeptical this isn’t a reaction to the recent loss of their monopoly on the law school admissions test market. We also hope this soon leads to a fully digital test that is offered more than the current four times per year.
If they had gone digital 10 years ago and had been offering the test many more times each year, the GRE still would have made inroads. I’m half expecting law schools to start accepting the GMAT soon too.