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Search for lost LSAT answers continues; LSAC says those affected will see exam fee refunded

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A technical issue with the July Law School Admission Test, which was administered remotely, has led to a “small number” of candidates’ test answers being lost.

“This issue affected how their answers were transmitted into our system, which caused their answers not to store properly,” Melissa Harris Thirsk, chief communications and marketing officer with the Law School Admission Council, told the ABA Journal in an email.

The exam was part of LSAT-Flex, a remote test announced in April, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have tried multiple ways to recover the answers and are continuing to investigate the issue in hopes that we can recover answers and provide scores for at least some of the affected candidates,” Thirsk wrote.

The problem did not happen for May or June test-takers, according to Thirsk. Changes have been made to the testing platform to ensure that the issue doesn’t happen again, she added.

Also, for affected test-takers, the organization is refunding the July exam fee, giving them four free law school reports and offering a free test retake.

Among the July LSAT test-takers whose answers were lost, about 25 applied for fall law school admission, Thirsk wrote. All affected test-takers can retake the test starting Aug. 3, and scores for that administration are expected within a week or less, according to Thirsk.

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