October LSAT Scores (Likely) Delayed Due to Hurricane Sandy

If you took the October LSAT, your wait for your score is almost over. The official LSAT score release date is this Wednesday, October 31. But LSAC has a long history of releasing LSAT scores earlier than they say they will. In a normal year, my money, if I were to gamble on when LSAT scores will come out (I’m not that much of a degenerate), would be on today or tomorrow.

This is no normal year, though, as Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast. The enormous storm is headed for southern New Jersey. LSAC is headquartered near Philadelphia, and they’ve announced that their offices will be closed today and that they’ll get you your LSAT scores by Thursday. They’ve also announced that they’ll waive the late registration fee for December’s LSAT for any October LSAT test takers who decide to retake.

You don’t need to do anything to get your October LSAT score as soon as it comes out. You need only be connected to the email account you’ve registered with LSAC; you’ll get an email with your LSAT score as soon as it’s available. Once you get the LSAT score you can log on to your LSAC account and see your question-by-question breakdown; you can see the October LSAT you took as well.

If you don’t like surprises, or if you insist on obsessing about your LSAT score and when exactly it’ll come out, here’s how the whole process works: At some time on the day October LSAT scores will be released, you’ll see the LSAT score release date change on your LSAC account page. The icons for the downloadable .PDF reports will also change color to gray.

Then, the October LSAT scores will be released in batches. You’ll be able to see your October LSAT score on your LSAC account page around the same time you’ll get the email. There’s no evident rhyme or reason to the batches; they don’t seem to be organized alphabetically, geographically, or by LSAT score. This generally takes place over the course of the afternoon and sometimes into the evening, Eastern Time.

If you’re on the East Coast, stay safe as you weather the storm. For everyone else, do your best to stay patient. I suppose it’s possible that LSAT scores would come out tomorrow, but it’s looking more and more like this will be the first time in years that LSAT scores come out on or after the date they’re supposed to. No matter what, you have only a few more days to go.

23 Responses

  1. Tiffany Price says:

    If the October scores are not released until Thursday, what do you suggest doing about applications due Nov. 1st? Can I turn my applications in before my score is released?

    • Hank says:

      It depends on how confident you are in your score. If the test went well and you think you’ll be satisfied with your score, go ahead and submit. Remember, schools won’t view your application until all parts of it are in.

  2. Julianna says:

    What if I already have a reportable LSAT score on file but I was retaking it in October to try to raise it? Will the law schools I am applying to with November 1 deadlines wait until my October LSAT score comes in to evaluate my application? Also, depending on the difference in scores, I was going to write an addendum to explain my lower score, but I would not be able to do this until my October score came out.

    • Nilda says:

      I would like to know about this as well. If we turn in applications early, but the schools see we have a pending score whether October or December, will they wait to view the whole package when the final score comes in or will they view as is– and make a decision without taking into consideration a pending potentially higher score.

      • Matt Shinners says:

        If you apply with a pending score, schools will hold off on reviewing it until that score is released UNLESS you specifically tell them not to. Most applications have a box for this.

        Also, schools are inundated with a ton of applications around this time. They’re not sitting at the fax, anxiously waiting that awful modem noise to kick in and your application to shoot out. They’ll receive it, put it in a file, and put it in the queue to be reviewed when they get through the rest of the applications ahead of you. So I wouldn’t expect 1-2 days to make a difference.

        So if you apply before scores come out (which I expect to be on or before Nov. 1st, so I don’t think this will even be an issue), I think you’ll be just fine. I’d call the schools up once this hurricane dies down a bit to check with them and let them know the situation, but I wouldn’t worry too much.

        As to the explanatory essay, you can always have one ready to go if your score increases. The reasons for the first score won’t change between now and when you see your new score – just whether or not the new score warrants inclusion of the essay. So write it up, but only attach it to the application if it’s needed.

        And to Nilda – if you’re applying with a December score that you want to be considered, your application won’t be considered complete until that score is released. So your application won’t be considered turned in early, as it won’t be considered turned in until it’s complete with that score.

  3. Roz says:

    My score was put on hold because of testing room inconsistencies. I got a report. Checked the box that said to release them with a letter explaining the circumstances of the testing center irregularity and sent it off to LSAT a week ago.
    So, will my score come out with all the rest of the batches?

  4. Marie says:

    Is it just me or is LSAC down? Could they be putting scores up now???

  5. Dan says:

    LSAC is down but so are lots of other sites. Probably just Sandy doing her thing.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I was trying to register to take the LSAT on December 1, but couldnt not register due to the website being down and the helplines being constantly busy. Will they accept registration to take the exam after the October 29th deadline?

  7. Hank says:

    LSAC’s website is down due to the storm. It has nothing to do with scores. They expect the website to be back up sometime today and are still expecting scores to be out by Thursday afternoon.

    LSAC will also waive the late registration fee for the December LSAT.

  8. Greg says:

    My PDF icons have changed to gray…. I’m guessing scores are coming soon

  9. Becca says:

    This is from their official twitter account:

    LSAC (the LSAT) ‏@Official_LSAT
    “LSAC is back in operation and on track to release Oct. scores later this afternoon.”

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