Update for current events: Many tests have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even those that haven’t been cancelled seem likely to be delayed for the foreseeable future. Of course life will resume at some point, so perhaps you can use your time at hime to start or continue preparing for a a test you’ll be taking eventually, but it’s difficult to say when that might be. For now all we can do with respect to our schedules is relax as much as possible abnd accept that some things are out of our control.


The last thing you’d want after doing everything you can to prepare for your exam would be to find out that you had missed the deadline to register for the test. I urge everyone planning to take one of these exams to register as early as possible, because availability is limited and waiting until the last minute could mean you have to take the test far away from home… or perhaps that you can’t get a seat at all! This page includes links to the relevant pages as well as a rundown of some important dates, but please check the details on the respective websites. Never assume that you’ll be able to get the date and site you want.1

Here is specific information about how to register for each of the tests I teach.


Upcoming LSATs

  • March 30, 2020 cancelled — you’ll be automatically rescheduled for the next available test
  • April 25, 2020 — still theoretically going to run, but LSAC is waiving change fees
  • June 8 — registration now open
  • July 13 — registration now open

For details or to register, go to LSAC‘s website.

Note that the June 8 will de a disclosed test; other tests this spring and early summer, if they run, will not be disclosed. I don’t think you should care very much, but in case you do…

I took the September 21, 2019 LSAT in order to see firsthand how the new tablet version of the test works and what, if any, changes I needed to make to my methods in order best to accommodate it. This was the first time the test was given entirely on tablets, and that’s the format that we’ll see going froward. If you’d like to know the details of what I’ve learned, go ahead and schedule a consultation.


Upcoming MCATs

  • March 2020: the March 27 date has been cancelled worldwide
  • April 2020: the April 4th date has been cancelled worldwide. Those scheduled on the 24th, and 25th, your tests are theoretically still on, but I advise you to remain flexible.
  • May 2020: 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st, and 29th. These days are still on the calendar, for now.

The situation is fluid, of course, so I wouldn’t count on test dates happening. In the past, we’ve seen AAMC add test dates in response to disasters and other reasons for widespread cancellations and I expect they’ll do the same, but as of now they (quite understandably) haven’t done anything like that. AAMC has put up a page on the impact of SARS-CoV-2; I suggest checking there for the latest updates.

AAMC is discussing the affect the virus will have on med school applications with its member schools. There’s nothing definitive yet, but I expect a fair amount of flexibility this year.

When things get back to normal: Regular registration for the MCAT closes 15 days before each respective administration date; late registration (which requires paying a late fee) closes eight days prior to each date. I strongly urge you not to wait that long, as sites fill up. (I have several students right now who have had great trouble getting the dates they want and have had to schedule their tests in distant cities. San Francisco bay area sites seem to particularly oversubscribed.)

For details or to register, go to AAMC‘s website.


GMAT and GRE

GMAT testing has been suspended for the time being due to the virus, at least in most places. For details, go to MBA.com’s page on the effect of coronavirus.

GRE testing at testing centers has been largely suspended due to the virus, but beginning March 23 they will offer at-home tesing to some students. I have not worked with anyone who has taken advantage of this opportunity so I don’t know exactly how it will work, but I do know that ETS says it will be proctored live. Given ETS’s atrocious record with respect to testing security over the years I expect cheating to be rampant; whether schools recognize this and treat test results with the appropriate level of skepticism is an interesting question’ we’ll see how it works out. If anyone needed yet another reason to doubt the appropriateness of using the GRE for law school admissions, add this to the growing pile. Anyway, for details, ETS has a page on the impact of the virus.

When things get back to normal: The GMAT and GRE are available throughout the year; you can take them several times (every 16 days for the GMAT, and every 21 days for the GRE), with some other limitations (for example, you can only take each of them five times per year… not that you’d want to!), and in general you’ll need to register a few weeks beforehand. For details or to register, go to MBA.com for the GMAT, and ETS‘s website for the GRE.

 

Notes

  1. I know this issue from personal experience: When I first took the LSAT I waited until the last day to register and wound up taking my test about 100 miles from my home. And I’ve had students who faced much worse: Several in the past year alone have had to overnight in distant cities. The worst such situation I’ve encountered was when one unlucky student prepared for her MCAT in Austin, TX and had to take it in Alberta. (Calgary, I believe, but I may be remembering that wrong). She’s a physician now so it worked out OK, but you’d rather not be in that position.