The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) today announced the completion of the LSAT—India testing period, and thanked all the students, parents, and members of the Indian legal education community for supporting the first-ever remote proctored online LSAT—India test administration, designed to help students in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
A total of 5,634 students successfully completed the LSAT—India examination from the safety of their own homes, allowing them to continue to pursue their goal of a legal education and career. The LSAT—India is accepted by 22 law schools in India.
“Students and families needed a safe and reliable way to test, in light of the COVID-19 emergency,” said Yusuf Abdul-Kareem, Vice President of LSAC. “We knew there would be challenges to deliver an at-home test, given all the different computer and internet connectivity issues students could have, so we designed the testing process so we could address issues as they arose, and we commend students for their dedication and flexibility.”
The online LSAT—India was delivered to students over four days, with about 1,500 students scheduled each day, in groups of about 500 students per session. Students received different tests throughout the week, to ensure the security and validity of the test. The relatively small session size allowed LSAC and its remote proctoring partner Pearson VUE to work with students who encountered difficulties accessing the online test, and either resolve their issues so they could test at their assigned slot or reschedule them for a later time.
Testing over a multi-day period allowed LSAC to identify problems students were having, and provide email and SMS reminders to help eliminate such problems for all subsequent test takers.
Perhaps most important, LSAC provided three additional testing days at the end of the week, during which students who had encountered technical or other issues could retest on a different examination. Officials at LSAC and Pearson VUE also reached out to students who missed their original testing slots, and facilitated the registration of several hundred of these students for the retesting slots. As a result, virtually all students who appeared for the test were able to successfully complete their exam.
“An online test presents a number of technical and other challenges for students, so we wanted to do everything we could to help students overcome any issues they were having, so they could successfully complete their exam,” said LSAC’s Abdul-Kareem. “We want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the first-ever online LSAT-India successful, including the candidate support teams at LSAC and Pearson VUE, all our member schools who provided guidance and assistance to students navigating the process, and most importantly the families and students themselves.”
Students and parents showed great flexibility in adapting to the new testing format, and worked closely with LSAC and Pearson VUE to resolve any difficulties.
Maheswar, an 18 year-old student from Kochi, said “thank you for providing us a very smooth test taking experience. Also exemplary correspondence from your team!”
In addition to assisting test takers with any log-in or technical difficulties they encountered, LSAC also worked with a number of students who were temporarily outside of India due to study abroad or COVID-19 travel restrictions to ensure they could take the test from their overseas location.
“Our gratitude to your entire team for stepping up the game and meeting the need for proctored exams in international locations,” said Angad, a 19 year-old student from Bangalore who tested from Singapore.
“We know all these students will do amazing things to maintain and advance India’s legal system in the years ahead,” said Abdul-Kareem.
The LSAT—India is a single test that students can use for admission to multiple law colleges and universities in India. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LSAC announced in May the shift from a paper-and-pencil test administration to an online, AI-enabled, remotely proctored format, so that students could test in the safety and convenience of their own homes.