Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The LSAT-Flex Is a Dream Test -- Much Better Than the Dinosaur LSAT Most of Us Had To Endure!


COVID-19 has changed the world, and some of those changes are downright annoying.  Many people don't really care for not being able to take the Bar Exam in other states or not being able to fly to Tahiti for winter break.  I know, that last one is a total bummer.  Yet, maybe not all of the changes that have come as a result of the pandemic are bad.

One of the better changes may be the online LSAT, also known as the LSAT-Flex.  This new LSAT test was created to accommodate all the people who still want to go to law school.  It may have been a rough start, but the LSAT-Flex is getting some positive feedback, even on the most discerning of websites, such as Above the Law.

The LSAT-Flex is quite similar to the old, and perhaps dated, traditional LSAT.  It is made up of three 35-minute sections rather than five 35-minute sections.  All three of the sections are scored (in the dinosaur LSAT, one of the five was not scored).  And, to make things even more interesting, you can take it online on any computer that runs Windows or Mac.  Cool!

So, how is this new LSAT dream-test proctored, you ask?  Well, as creepy as it sounds, it's proctored through your webcam and microphone.  Take a few moments to shiver before continuing.  Got that out of your system?  Okay, let's move on.  This new online LSAT is even graded the same as the traditional (ancient) LSAT by those who consider themselves the scions of the legal admissions world!  

Imagine -- taking the LSAT in less than two hours.  That sounds nice, doesn't it?  I think back to when I took the LSAT in a tight wooden desk at USF in San Francisco.  I honestly think that impacted my score, but I can't blame discomfort for everything.  Maybe my brain was just not wired the same way as the smarter kids in the room.  But enough dissing myself, I need to get back to the article at hand.  

The new shorter test will have you in and out of the test in a flash.  In about the same amount of time one could watch Finding Dory (which I just adored!), you can finish the LSAT and be ready to start applying to the school of your dreams.  Now, that's a huge improvement, even though it may cause the Baby Boomers to chortle.  I guess, for some, sitting in one's own urine is a right of passage.  Sorry, but I disagree!

The LSAT-Flex will be around until at least April 2021, then it may be back to the old style test, where you can kiss your bladder goodbye.  I guess things are not all bad during this COVID-19 time.  Maybe next winter you can get your tickets to Tahiti and have benefited from a shorter LSAT.  As for me, I think the Maldives are looking pretty good right now.  

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