Halloween Horror: LSAC Not Releasing LSAT Scores Today

Hurricane Sandy might be gone, but its effects are certainly still being felt. We in New York City are still learning how to live without the subway and reliable internet and microwave ovens, which isn’t really living at all. But it’s not just the east coast that’s getting screwed by mother nature.

It’s even affected the LSAT.

LSAC’s Newtown, Pennsylvania, headquarters were apparently squarely in the path of Sandy, putting the Council out of work since Monday. LSAC says it plans to open back up tomorrow.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means you’re going to have to wait even longer for your October LSAT score. According to LSAC’s website, they’re currently on generator power, and October LSAT scores won’t be released until tomorrow afternoon (but could take up to Friday, according to LSAC’s phone system).

There have been reports that the icons on students’ LSAC accounts have changed from green to grey (usually a reliable indication that LSAT scores are on their way), but in this case, it is likely just a hiccup due to the effects of Sandy.

This whole situation is actually pretty insane. LSAC publishes an LSAT score release date for every administration, but LSAT scores are almost always released before this date. To not release them early, but actually late, shows just how screwed over by this storm LSAC must have been.

Luckily, however, this shouldn’t affect you too much. If you’re planning on applying right away, a few days’ delay shouldn’t make a difference for your law school application prospects. Some of you may have been considering retaking in December depending on how October went, and you can still do that. LSAC is waiving the late registration fee. You have to pay the full amount now, but they’ll refund the difference once they get all their ducks in a row. So while this delay might be frustrating, it shouldn’t actually affect anything too much (except maybe your sanity).

Assuming all goes according to plan at LSAC HQ, October LSAT scores should be out tomorrow. Stay tuned, as we’ll be updating when LSAT scores come out with information about the test and the curve. Stay safe, and for all of you with internet, count your blessings.

30 Responses

  1. David Durst says:

    LSAC is trying to kill me.

    • Johanna says:

      I agree. I’m getting premature heart palpitations.

      • Kristen says:

        Haha, I feel you. I have been on pins and needles waiting since last Friday… this is physically painful. I almost dressed up as an LSAT score for Halloween..but I opted not to because it was too scary.

  2. Rachel says:

    Will you guys post as soon as people report that they have received their scores so we know that they’re coming?

  3. KMo says:

    My biggest frustration is that if everyone had been saying for a while that Sandy was going to be big hurricane and they reasonably knew it was expected to make landfall sometime during this week, then why wasnt there a more concerted effort to release scores BEFORE this week? Like on Friday.

    • kelly Champ says:

      I agree completely. LSAC knew that the storm had been coming for quite a while. In the past, they have been able to release the score several business days early. Given the fact that many people want to apply ASAP, many others are even trying to apply early decision combined with the fact that the storm was not a huge surprise, LSAC really dropped the ball. Nonetheless, I realize that no LSAT score is minute compared to those who lost much more, and my prayers are with them.

  4. John says:

    Can someone explain what goes into “releasing” the scores? I can’t get over envisioning all it takes is someone clicking a “Release” button once all the scantrons are put through and the essays paired with them. It’s not like they’re grading them by hand at this very moment.

  5. msavo says:

    Please post when you hear the scores are out. I want to use this blog to *check* for scores, because I’m too afraid to jump right away into my email/lsac account, Thanks!

  6. Abby says:

    What’s more, at least on my account, the LSAT Status page has the “score email date” still set to today. Hmph.

  7. Julian Wan says:

    So I just got an email from Baylor stating:

    “Attention Prospective Applicants:

    Due to the storm conditions on the east coast, the recent LSAT scores will not be available this week. Because of this, Baylor Law School will be extending its deadlines for the Spring 2013 application and the Fall 2013 early decision application for all prospective applicants. Please submit your materials by November 15th.”

    So this week is a no?

  8. Julian Wan says:

    It seems Baylor made a mistake. Their follow up email states:

    “Attention Prospective Applicants:

    We are updating our information from the prior email sent today. Our most current information from the LSAC is that they still plan to release LSAT scores on Thursday. We will still be extending our application deadlines for Fall 2013 (early decision) and Spring 2013 in respect to delays caused by this storm.”


  9. Taylor says:

    I called LSAC. Scores are being released late tonight.

  10. Samantha says:

    Has anyone heard anything new? The date online hasn’t changed…. They make about $10 million on this test and yet don’t seem to have any resources other than a couple pigeons to fly the tests overseas and trained chickens in India who do the grading by beak. Where did all my money go?!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Baylor sent a correction letter later last night saying Thursday.

  12. Kim says:

    My g-mail account has been frozen multiple times from me clicking refresh again and again.. I can’t be the only one, right?

  13. John says:

    I’m dying- do we know what time they normally trickle out?

  14. Robin says:

    Has anyone received their score yet?!

  15. Rachel says:

    I called LSAC today and they said they will start releasing them at 5pm ET.

  16. Taryn says:

    Just called in to LSAC (got tired of obsessively refreshing my email) and the phones are back working and they said all scores will be released by this evening. Let’s hope he wasn’t just giving me a line.

  17. SD says:

    Latest news from the LSAC twitter: “LSAC is back in operation and on track to release Oct. scores later this afternoon.”


  18. Jessica says:

    Has anyone received their score yet?

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