When should I take the LSAT?
Most law school applicants take the Law School Admissions Test as required by most law schools. A few law schools now accept the GRE instead of the LSAT. For the list of schools and for more information about the GRE, go to ETS. You should take the LSAT one time (if at all possible) when you are the most prepared to take it. LSAC is in the process of increasing the number of times per year that the LSAT is offered.
If you plan to go law school the fall following college graduation, you will need an LSAT score by November of your fourth year at Penn State at the latest. If you can be ready for the test in June between your third and fourth years at Penn State, it will give you a month after classes end to focus solely on LSAT preparation. If not, plan for the August/September (month varies depending on year) or October exams during your fourth year (or the year before you plan to apply if you have already graduated). For more information about upcoming LSAT dates, go to LSAC Future LSAT test dates.
Law schools see all of your scores so do not take the test before you are ready! Most law schools take your highest score but some consider all of them. Starting with the September 2019 test administration, LSAC imposed restrictions on the number of times you can take the LSAT. You can only take it three times in any single testing year (June 1 to May 31), five times within the current and five past testing years, or a total of seven times over a lifetime. (The May, June, July and August 2020 LSAT-FLEX tests do not count towards these limits but any LSAT-FLEX tests offered after August 2020 will count towards the limits). For more information on the LSAT repeat policy, go to LSAC's Frequently Asked Questions.