This post was authored by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian at the UW Law Library.
Coming in 2018, all those aspiring to go to law school will be able to access online LSAT test prep for free!
Salman Khan, who founded the Khan Academy in 2006, says the partnership is meant to level the playing field to law school access for those who cannot afford the hundreds and even thousands of dollars it costs for professional test prep.
The planned test prep will work in graduated stages: testing basic knowledge to gauge a person’s strengths and weaknesses, suggesting practice options with quizzes, and full-blown practice exams. Students will receive feedback at every stage along the way. Solutions and videos will be offered to help explain items and concepts a student is having problems with.
The graphic below is from the Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice page. It is illustrative of what the LSAT test prep landing page might look like:
The Khan Academy partnered with the College Board to become the official preparation for SAT in 2015. The goal is the same. Access to free SAT test prep levels the playing field to college access for those who cannot afford expensive professional test prep. More than 3 million students have used the SAT program so far.
The idea of providing opportunity to everyone by putting testing materials online is at the core of the Khan Academy’s mission. What’s the next frontier? Bar exam prep? Salman Khan said, in a recent interview with the online ABA Journal, “We would absolutely be open to conversations with people who administer those exams.”