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Will the LSAT one day be digital?

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In May, the Law School Admission Council plans to test out administering the LSAT digitally on Samsung tablets.

A thousand people will take the digital test, reports. But it’s only a practice run, and the scores won’t be used for law school admissions. Other graduate school entrance exams, including the GRE, the GMAT and the MCAT, already are administered on computers.

The LSAC has been considering a digital LSAT for more than 20 years, Troy Lowry, deputy chief information officer at the LSAC, told It’s previously tried it with small groups of people it sought out. The May endeavor will be the first time that the pilot is tested nationally at 20 different locations, and the public is invited to participate.

Security is a concern, Lowry told, because the LSAC reuses tests. The tablets communicate with hub computers at the testing centers, according to the article. The questions, which are encrypted, are only available on the hardware when the test is administered.

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