One of the most common talking points you'll hear leading up to an LSAT score release—and incessantly on the day scores become available—is the notion of "going grey." In fact a hysterical flurry of "I'M GREY!!" announcements on twitter and elsewhere is one of the most reliable predictors that scores are imminent.
So what's all this grey business about, and how can you determine your own color status?
Two quick notes before we begin. First, the grey/gray debate is really one of pure preference. "Gray" tends to be the American-ized spelling, while "grey" is much more commonly used throughout the rest of the world. Seeing as the LSAT is a global exam, I'm using the broader spelling, "grey."
Second, as always, remember that score releases are singular events, in that scores can go out at different times not only from person to person, but also from test to test. Per LSAC, we now know that November 2018 scores will officially begin coming out around 9:00am EST on December 8th. However, due to the scores being released in random waves, you might not see your score right at 9:00am on the dot. There's really no telling when it will appear on Saturday, which adds either to the fun or the frustration, depending on your perspective. Simply put: be patient.
Alright, to the matter at hand.
In your LSAC account--the one you created at lsac.org when you signed up for your LSAT—you'll see a number of green icons under the various form columns for your most recent test date. It looks like this for the three disclosed tests, June, September, and December*:
At some point on the day that LSAT scores are to be released those icons will change. They will, you guessed it, go grey:
So just how long will it take between grey and glory?
Well, surprise, surprise...it varies. Some people have scores within 20 or 30 minutes, while others may wait an entire afternoon before that fateful number arrives. There's no telling and, worse, no reliable way to predict it either: scores are released in random batches, entirely independent of your name (not alphabetical), where you took the test (not geographical), and--take heart here--how you did. Aaron Adams in Albany with a perfect score and a meticulously-bubbled Scantron may be in the first wave, last wave, or anywhere in between. Ditto for you.
Rule of thumb then is that grey gives the day, but only fate knows the time. Rather than furiously refreshing your LSAC page around 9:00am, we recommend that you enjoy your life in countless other, more fulfilling ways and just wait for the email LSAC will send you when your particular score is officially released.
*The February and July LSATs are nondisclosed exams, meaning you won't get a copy of the test like you do for the other three. You'll simply see your score and percentile. So your account icons still go from green to grey, but you won't have as many icons since the test content links aren't present. Same principle, slightly different presentation.
Title Image: Grey Block Pattern, courtesy of Public Domain Images.
LSAC Green Icon Image courtesy of reddit user /drewleighderm