If you are taking the LSAT on Saturday in the Northeast US or Canada, be aware that some test centers are being closed in advance of winter storm Nemo, which is expected to produce snowfall of up to 30 inches in some locations.
LSAC is announcing test center closures for the February 2013 LSAT here. Make sure to keep checking that link—LSAC will keep updating it, likely through the night and into tomorrow morning.
Per LSAC: This list is being updated as closure notifications come in from test centers. If your center is closed, you will not be able to take the test on Saturday. You will receive information next week about make-up test arrangements.
If your February 2013 LSAT test center was closed due to inclement weather, don’t worry—all is not lost. Here’s what you need to do:
- Stay calm. Don’t panic. This is something that LSAC is familiar with (it’s happened numerous times in the past), and they won’t leave you high and dry.
- Hold on to your admissions ticket. You’ll still need it to take the test at a later date.
- Wait for an email from LSAC. They will contact you to advise that your test center is closed, and to let you know what the next steps are. Some students have already received emails from LSAC advising them that their test has been rescheduled for February 16th.
- Keep your schedule open. Don’t make any plans for the next two to three weekends. Tests are typically rescheduled within 2 weeks after a weather-related cancellation.
- Don’t worry about being a disadvantage from other candidates. Schools know that these things can happen, and they won’t penalize you for having had to take the December LSAT later because of a weather cancellation. If you absolutely need confirmation of this, call the admissions office of the schools you are applying to; they’ll tell you the same thing. Back in 2010, the February LSAT (and February 2010 LSAT scores) were delayed to another super snow storm. Schools were incredibly understanding about the situation (after all, it wasn’t your fault–it was Mother Nature’s!).
- Don’t let your brain lose the LSAT vibes. Keep on taking practice tests and go over your LSAT study material until your rescheduled test date. If you’re currently a PowerScore LSAT student, we’re extending your Online Student Center access until March 1, so you’ll have it until you take the test. This applies even if you’re not being affected by Winter Storm Nemo.
- Don’t get angry. Yes, this absolutely sucks, and it’s obnoxious, annoying, and unfair. But getting angry won’t make the test center open, it won’t make it stop snowing, and it won’t turn back time and let you take the test on your original date. Instead, focus on keeping your brain sharp and prepping for your rescheduled test date.
Keep your chin up, cancelled students! Wait for an email from LSAC and stay calm.