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Your twelve most recent LSAT scores, absences, and cancellations from the past five years will appear on your LSAT Score Report that is sent to the law schools you apply to. While most schools will accept any score from this five-year period, some may require a more recent score, so always check the requirements of the schools you’re considering.

Also, keep in mind that LSAC years are not calendar years. The 2023-2024 cycle is one LSAC year that runs from July to June, but prior to 2021, LSAC years ran from June to May.

Do law schools look at the date when the test was taken?

Law schools can see the dates your LSAT scores were obtained, but they do not prefer one date over another. Most schools will consider your highest score when making their admissions decision, but others may consider the average of your scores, so look into how each school handles multiple results.

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If you do have multiple LSAT scores, law schools prefer to see consistency or an upward trend over time. Inconsistent scores or multiple absences or cancellations could be a red flag, and some schools might even require you to write an addendum explaining the circumstances around discrepant results.

It’s essential to be aware of how long LSAT scores are valid to ensure they remain relevant when applying to law schools. Plan to take the test only when you believe you’ll get a score that makes you competitive for the schools you’re considering. Our courses will teach you the key skills for each section and give you plenty of practice so that you will feel prepared and confident for the real thing.