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How to get LSAT Accommodations: An Overview

As with most standardized tests, the LSAC provides testing accommodations for students with documented disabilities. LSAT testing accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis, meaning there is no ‘standard’ set of accommodations. Regardless of whether you are preparing on your own or working with one of our tutors, you should know how to navigate the accommodations process. If you received accommodations, including extended time, on other post-secondary admissions exams (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc.), you are likely eligible for equivalent ones on the LSAT. Since LSAT accommodations are determined on an individual basis, if you think you may qualify for accommodations, it is in your best interest to apply for them. We’ll walk you through the basics of applying for LSAT accommodations in this guide.

What LSAT Accommodations are available?

Again, the LSAC considers accommodations on an individual basis. That being said, the LSAC makes note of some of the more common, but certainly non-exhaustive, accommodation options. Since this is a non-exhaustive list, if you think you need an accommodation not listed here, you will have the opportunity to request it specifically when you apply.

Here are some of the types of accommodations adapted from the LSAC website:

Extended Time Accommodations

  • Extended test time up to double time
  • Additional rest time during breaks
  • Stop-the-clock breaks

Test Format Accommodations

  • Unified English Braille (UEB) version of the LSAT
  • Large print (18 pt.) test book
  • Screen-readable HTML test (including, where applicable, use of screen reader software)

Accessibility Accommodations

  • Use of a reader
  • Voice recognition software
  • Bring and eat food
  • Permission to bring insulin, check blood sugar
  • Permission to bring and take medications
  • Use of magnification devices
  • Ability to pace (walk around)

Check out the LSAC website for a more in-depth list.

How to Apply for LSAT Accommodations

Applying for testing accommodations can be a daunting process, and the LSAT is no different. In two circumstances, you may not need to apply for LSAT accommodations at all:

  • prior accommodation approval on an LSAT
  • prior accommodation approval on certain post-secondary admission exams

If you have previously taken the LSAT and received LSAT accommodations, you’re golden for future LSAT administration— unless you need to modify your existing accommodations. If you need to modify your accommodations, you will need to submit additional supporting documentation.

Most applicants who have previously received accommodations on the SAT/ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, DAT, and/or MCAT will automatically receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the LSAT provided they have the following documentation:

There are some accommodations that do not receive automatic approval, such as more than double time or testing over several days. In these situations, you will have to apply for LSAT accommodations under the LSAC’s current policies. Make sure to check if your accommodation will be automatically approved as part of your LSAT prep process.

Other Accommodations

All other accommodation requests require the following three forms:

After filling out your forms, you will then need to submit them to the LSAC and register for your LSAT. Your request for accommodations will not be processed until you register for the LSAT. You can expect to get a decision within 14 business days of submission and registration. If you think you may need accommodations, it is in your best interest to apply before your first test, as the LSAC may penalize you if you score decently (150+) without accommodations.

Once you receive the decision on your accommodations, it’s time to start preparing for your LSAT. With the help of our test prep experts, you can go into your LSAT with the toolkit you need to tackle perhaps the most infamously difficult grad test out there. Schedule a meeting with one of our program coordinators, or pick out a tutor yourself here.

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