In what we interpret to be a nod to growing competition, the LSAC announced that the LSAT will be fully digital following next July’s exam. The test’s format will otherwise remain unchanged except it will be offered on special tablets in a fully digital format. Additionally, the LSAT will be offered nine times per year with the change to the digital format.
Given the current lead time, and the fact that we generally encourage law school applicants to knock out the LSAT requirement early just in case they need to retake it, we would encourage prospective applicants to take the exam by July to minimize any anxiety associated with the change to the digital format. However, if you find yourself in the first batch of digital LSAT test takers, we’re confident the current prep materials will suffice.
The Microsoft Surface has been designated as the exclusive tablet for the administration of the five multiple choice sections of the new, digital LSAT.
According to The Verge, the LSAC evaluated “hundreds” of tablets before settling on the Surface. Are there really hundreds of different tablets on the market that could potentially administer the LSAT test?
I wish the Verge had gotten that in quotes. Technically if you look at the different models from Apple and Samsung and add in fringe competitors who make tablets geared toward kids and other nice markets, it gets to just over 100. No competent individual would seriously look at over 100 to determine which to use for the LSAT though.