Thinking about retaking the LSAT in July or September? We have good news …

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Who says LSAC can’t be nice sometimes? I’ll explain, but first, an action item: If you took the June LSAT and you’re not sure how it went or whether you might want to retake, you should register for the July LSAT now. The deadline is tomorrow. Here’s why.

So anyway, until last week, it seemed like June and July LSAT test takers were going to be in a tough spot. If you took the June LSAT, you’d only have a couple days to decide whether to register for July, and of course you wouldn’t know your score yet. July LSAT test takers were going to have to decide no later than the day of the test whether to take September. Seriously, you were going to have to leave the test center with the deadline to register only a few hours away.

LSAC seems to have recognized the problem because they just announced a solution and it’s pretty cool. If you’re registered for the July LSAT and you get your June score and you’re happy with it, LSAC will give you a full refund of your July registration fee. They’ll do the same for July test takers who are registered for the September LSAT. To get the refund, you just have to email LSAC by the deadline, which for both exams is a week after the day you get your score back.

If you’re not sure how the June LSAT went, there’s little reason not to register for July. If you get your June score and you’re happy with it, you’ll get your money back. If you’re not happy, you’ll probably be glad you’re registered for July since by then it would have been too late to sign up. One of the only reasons not to register for July is if you think you’d like more time to study, in which case it makes sense to target September.

There’s a good case to make for July test takers to just sign up for the September LSAT preemptively. By signing up early, you’ll give yourself a better chance of getting your choice of test centers. If July goes as planned, you’ll get your money back. You should know that you can get that money back only if you get a reportable score — in other words, you don’t withdraw or cancel or get caught breaking the rules. But if you were to, say, cancel your July LSAT score, you’d be looking to register for a future LSAT anyway so it still won’t cost you anything extra to register now for the September LSAT.

There are, of course, deadlines. The deadline for a refund on July is July 6 and you need a reportable June score. The deadline for a refund on September is August 17 and again, you need a reportable July score.

Good job, LSAC. This policy, for once, puts test takers’ needs first. It may be the nicest thing LSAC has done since they spread logic games out onto two pages each. Feeling the competition from the GRE much, LSAC?

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