Episode 1: January LSAT Recap and 2019 Test Info Discussion

January 31, 2019
01:01:21

Dave and Jon discuss the various January '19 LSATs recently offered, provide updates on some recent LSAC news regarding registration deadlines and digital testing, and examine the remainder of 2019's test dates with analysis on how each will be administered and advice on which to take. They also explore LSAT reusage, the test makers' rationale behind this questionable practice, and what it likely means for future exams.


0:00 to 2:06:

Jon and Dave say hello, note what cocktails they’ve chosen (and why) for the evening, and even recommend a relevant song from The Struts that encapsulates many of this episode’s talking points. You can listen to that tune here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbhsIos25R0

2:07 to 4:00:

An overview—and somewhat scathing critique—of LSAC’s new digital interface software that was just released, and updates on June and July registration dates. For a look at LSAC’s software visit this link: https://familiar.lsac.org/. To register for an upcoming test, go here: https://os.lsac.org/Logon/Access.aspx

4:01 to 28:21:

A deep dive into the various January '19 LSATs—regular, international, Sabbath-observer, and accommodated—offered this past weekend, including a comprehensive run down of the North American exam, its content, our prediction for its scoring scale, and even the nature of nondisclosed testing and what to expect when scores release. We also discuss LSAC’s policy of test reusage and the motivations behind certain questionable decisions on that front. For additional reading on the January tests, visit our Forum: https://forum.powerscore.com/lsat/viewforum.php?f=2

28:22 to 32:19:

Here we cover the upcoming March LSAT and what we expect it to look like, as well as how we believe schools will treat it when considering results for a 2019 acceptance.

32:20 to 37:40:

Our analysis of the LSAT in June and a planned change that makes it unique compared to tests of years past (hint: it has to do with the Writing Sample).

37:41 to 48:51:

This section addresses the July 2019 LSAT and the incredibly singular nature of how it’s being offered, including the one-time-only score preview option for those weighing a cancellation and retake (you can cancel your score after seeing it, although the cancellation will still appear on your record; no notation will be added indicating if your test format was paper or digital).

48:52 to 1:01:20:

And finally a look at the first fully-digital test dates in September and beyond, as well as a closing discussion of recent LSAC policies and behavior with suggestions for improvements (and occasional praise for updates already in progress).