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Future JD Students

Day of the Test

Items Needed for Admission to the Test Center

  • Admission Ticket. Whether you register for the LSAT online and print out your ticket yourself, or you receive a ticket in the mail, you must take the ticket with you to the test center. Your ticket will contain the following pertinent information: reporting time, reporting address, test center instructions, and test center procedures.

    The address on the ticket is a reporting address. Test takers are responsible for obtaining directions and arriving at the test center at the reporting time. LSAC strongly advises you to check the institution's website for specific directions to the test center, as well as for parking information and a campus map. Internet map searches may not provide reliable information specific to the reporting location. At centers where multiple rooms or buildings are used, the address will be a centralized location. You will be directed from there to a specific testing room or building.

    For the September/October, December, and February administrations of the LSAT, candidates are required to be at the test center no later than 8:30 am. For the June LSAT, candidates are required to be at the test center no later than 12:30 pm. The actual test date and reporting time at international centers may vary. Refer to your LSAT Admission Ticket for the exact test date and reporting time.

    Prior to reporting to the test center, you must carefully read all five pages of your admission ticket. Only page one of the admission ticket should be brought to the test center. At the test center, be sure to sign your ticket. If your admission ticket is not signed or the certifying statement is modified or altered in any way, a reporting hold will be placed on your file, possibly causing a delay in reporting your score. Your ticket may be used only for the test date printed on it.

    Online registrants can reprint their LSAT ticket if it is misplaced. If you register by mail and do not receive your ticket, call LSAC at 215.968.1001 before the late registration date listed.

    Check your LSAC.org account the night before the LSAT. Because LSAT test supervisors sometimes need to change reporting addresses without much notice, LSAC recommends that registrants print out their LSAT Admission Ticket the night before the exam to ensure that they have the most recent and accurate reporting address for their centers. Test takers should not contact LSAT test center supervisors for any reason. Test takers are not permitted access to testing rooms prior to the exam.

    NOTE: Candidates should expect the test day to cover up to seven hours.

  • Identification. You must have a valid government-issued ID that is current (or has expired within 90 days of your test date) and contains a recent and recognizable photo. Your first and last name on your ID must match exactly the first and last name on your LSAT Admission Ticket or else you will be denied admission. Make sure all of your biographical data is consistent.

    Acceptable common forms of ID include, but are not limited to:
    • Passport book
    • Passport card
    • Driver's license
    • State or province-issued ID card
    • US military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC)
    • US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
    • Canadian Permanent Resident Card
    • National ID card
    • Consular ID card
    • Canadian healthcare benefit card

    IMPORTANT: All of the above forms of ID, along with all other forms of ID that may be acceptable, MUST contain a recent and recognizable photo, your first and last name, and your date of birth. The ID must sufficiently authenticate your identity to the test center supervisor. Under no circumstances will access be permitted to the test center without proper ID. If you have questions about whether your ID is acceptable, you must contact LSAC fourteen (14) days PRIOR to your registered test date and be prepared to submit a scanned copy of your ID for review.

    The following items are NOT acceptable forms of ID for access to the test center: Social Security card, Social Insurance card, birth certificate, credit card (including those with photo), ID expired for more than 90 days prior to your test date, photocopied ID, employee ID (even for government employees), or student ID.

    Candidates testing at North American test centers who are ineligible to obtain the government-issued ID required by LSAC may request approval of alternate identification documents. To request an exception, you must contact LSAC prior to the registration deadline associated with your registered test date. Please contact LSAC by emailing LSACinfo@LSAC.org or by calling 215.968.1001 and choosing option 0 to speak to an LSAC candidate representative. Requests received after the registration deadline will not be accepted, and exceptions will not be made at the testing center on the day of the test.

    In addition, you must attach to your admission ticket a recent passport-type photograph (taken within the last six months) showing only your face and shoulders. The photograph must be clear enough so that there is no doubt about your identity, and it must be no larger than 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) and no smaller than 1 x 1 inch (3 x 3 cm). Your face in the photo must show you as you look on the day of the test and must be a different photograph of you than the one displayed on your government-issued ID. You will not be admitted if the photo attached to your admission ticket is the same as the photo on your ID. LSAC provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. The photograph will be retained by LSAC only as long as needed to ensure the authenticity of test scores and to protect the integrity of the testing process.

    If you do not present both acceptable identification AND the required photograph on the day of the test, you will be denied entrance to the testing room and will forfeit your test registration.
  • Pencils. Bring to the test center three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB wooden (for Canadian centers) pencils—with good erasers. Mechanical pencils are prohibited. All answers must be recorded on your LSAT answer sheet in pencil. Pencils must be used for the writing sample as well. Pencils or sharpeners will not be supplied at the test center. A pencil and a highlighter may be used to underline passages in the test book. Ink or ballpoint pens are not permitted.

Items Allowed in the Test Room

Test takers may bring into the test room only a clear plastic ziplock bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair and may be accessed only during the break. The sealed ziplock bag may contain only the following items: valid ID; wallet; keys; analog (nondigital) wristwatch; medical or feminine hygiene products (including diabetic testing supplies); #2 or HB wooden pencils, a highlighter, erasers (no erasers with sleeves), pencil sharpener (no mechanical pencils); tissues; and beverage in plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml maximum size) and snack for break only. No aluminum cans permitted. All items must fit in the ziplock bag such that the bag can be sealed.

Items Allowed on the Desktop

Test takers may only have tissues, their ID, wooden pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener, a highlighter, and an analog (nondigital) wristwatch. No electronic devices are permitted. Neither are timers of any kind except analog wristwatches.

Items Prohibited at the Test Center

You may not bring into the testing center or use any of the following:

  • electronic timers of any kind
  • electronic cigarettes
  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • personal computers
  • calculators
  • photographic or recording devices
  • listening devices
  • headsets, iPods, or other media players
  • books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
  • rulers
  • mechanical pencils
  • ink pens
  • briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
  • earplugs
  • hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
  • weapons or firearms

IMPORTANT: Electronic devices, including cell phones, are not permitted in the test center, and the use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited. Any test taker discovered in possession of or using an electronic device, including but not limited to cell phones, pay phones, pagers, iPods™ or other media players, or personal computers, will be dismissed from the test and their score will be cancelled. This policy will be enforced from the time test takers arrive at the test center until they leave at the conclusion of the test—including the break. Violations will be grounds for score cancellation and you may be subject to an LSAC investigation. LSAC and test center staff assume no responsibility for personal items.

Test Center Regulations

  • Seating. The supervisor will assign each test taker a seat. Test takers are not permitted to choose their own seats, rooms, or building.
  • Certifying statement. You will be required to write and sign a certifying statement on your answer sheet attesting that the person taking the test is the person whose name appears on the answer sheet and that you are taking the test for the sole purpose of admission to law school. Failure to sign your answer sheet or to complete the certifying statement, or modifying the certifying statement in any way, will result in a hold on your file and possibly a delay in reporting your score.
  • No latecomers. Under no circumstances will supervisors admit anyone after testing begins.
  • Restroom use. Use the restroom before checking in; once you are checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of Section 1.
  • Test administration. The supervisor will tell you when to start and stop work on each separately timed section. Blackening of answer spaces on your answer sheet must be done before time is called for any given section. Supervisors will administer the multiple-choice sections first, followed by the writing sample.
  • Time. Supervisors will keep the official time. You may take an analog (nondigital) wristwatch to the test center. No other timers—including electronic and countdown timers—are allowed.
  • Testing staff. Testing staff will circulate throughout the testing room to ensure that examinees are marking their answer sheets correctly and are working in the appropriate section. The supervisor will announce a five-minutes-remaining warning for each section.
  • Recording answers. All answers must be recorded on your answer sheet using a No. 2 or HB pencil. Answers recorded in the test book will not be scored. Do not make stray marks on your answer sheet or record answers in your test book. You will not be permitted time after the test to clean up your answer sheet or transfer answers from your test book to your answer sheet.
  • Scratch paper. Scratch paper is not permitted. (Scratch paper will be provided at the test center for the writing sample portion of the test only.)
  • Underlining passages. You may use only a No. 2 or HB pencil or a highlighter to underline passages in the test book. Fountain pens or ballpoint pens are not permitted.
  • Hats/hoods. No hats or hoods may be worn on the head (except items of religious apparel).
  • Handbags, backpacks, briefcases. No handbags, backpacks, briefcases, or bags of any kind—except a maximum-sized one-gallon (3.79 liter) clear plastic ziplock bag (sealed)—are allowed in the test room.
  • Food and drink. Food and drink of any kind may not be taken out of your ziplock bag in the test room. Food and drink may be consumed only during the break.
  • Rest break. A 15-minute break is given after Section 3. All test materials will be collected before test takers are dismissed for the break. Test takers may not leave the vicinity of the testing room, as defined by the test supervisor. Supervisors will check identification as the test materials are returned. Cell phones and other prohibited items may not be accessed during the break.
  • Leaving the room. If you find it necessary to leave the room during the test, raise your hand and obtain permission from the supervisor. Your test materials will be collected and held until your return. You will not be permitted to make up the time. Use the restroom before reporting to the check-in station; once checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of Section I.
  • Test Center Violations/Irregularities. Supervisors will report to LSAC any test center violation/irregularity that occurs during the administration. A copy of a Violation of Law School Admission Test Center Regulations form will be given to the test taker and submitted to LSAC.
  • Testing materials. All testing materials, including test books, answer sheets, and LSAT Writing Sample Topic sheets are the property of the Law School Admission Council and must be returned to the test center supervisor before dismissal from the test center. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test be removed, reproduced, or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares LSAT test content prior to LSAC's disclosure of that test.
  • Left-handedness. Test supervisors attempt to accommodate left-handed test takers. However, LSAC cannot guarantee special desks or tables for you.
  • Unexpected problems. If any problems arise that necessitate retesting, we will notify affected test takers as soon as possible regarding arrangements for taking the test with no additional charge at the next regularly scheduled administration.
  • Creating a disturbance. Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior. The test supervisor is authorized to dismiss from the test center any test taker who creates a disturbance.

Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers

When you take the LSAT, it is your responsibility to report all instances of suspected cheating on the part of any test takers and any other inappropriate behavior that becomes known to you. In addition, you should respect the ownership of and intellectual property rights of LSAC in all test items and test materials, and understand that any violations of LSAC's intellectual property rights could lead to cancellation of your score and a ban preventing you from testing in the future, prosecution in accordance with applicable law, or the pursuit of other remedies by LSAC.

You are an important part of protecting the LSAT and ensuring a fair test environment. Cheating impacts everyone. If you believe that you have information about actual or potential test security violations, please contact LSAC immediately.

Test Center Violations and Irregularities

If you engage in any test center violation or irregularity during the test—such as creating a disturbance; giving or receiving help; working on or reading the test during a time not authorized by the supervisor; removing test materials or notes from the testing room; taking part in an act of impersonation or other forms of cheating; failing to follow the directions of test center staff; or using books, ear plugs, rulers, papers of any kind, or other aids—you may receive a warning or violation notice, you may be dismissed from the center, or you may have your test score canceled by LSAC and you may be subject to other penalties for test center violations or irregularities. A cancellation will display on reports sent to law schools.

Possible Penalties

Test takers who violate LSAT test center regulations, including but not limited to those listed below, will be subject to a warning notice, dismissal from the test center, and/or cancellation of their test score by LSAC. Test takers may receive a Violation of Law School Admission Test Center Regulations form and their cases may be referred for further investigation to the Questioned Score Review Board, the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, or both.

Possible Test Center Violations

  1. Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
  3. Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  4. Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center.

    NOTE: Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content, including LSAT Writing Sample Topic sheets, be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. This includes making notes on paper, erasers, or other items and removing them from the test center. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes test materials and/or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares LSAT test content prior to LSAC's disclosure of that test.
  5. Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  6. Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during the break. Test takers may not leave the building or the floor where the test room is located. Test center staff will define the break area.
  7. Leaving the test room or break area without permission.
  8. Reading, working on, marking, erasing, or darkening anything during unauthorized times, either beyond time limits or in the wrong section of the book or answer sheet.
  9. Copying or other forms of cheating.

Electronic Devices: NO-TOLERANCE POLICY

LSAC has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to possession of electronic devices. Under no circumstances are test takers permitted to bring an electronic device into the test center. Test supervisors and their staff are advised NOT to hold such items and are instructed to dismiss any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device. Such devices include, but are not limited to:

  • electronic timers of any kind
  • electronic cigarettes
  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • personal computers
  • calculators
  • photographic or recording devices
  • listening devices
  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

Any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device will be dismissed from the test center and their score will be cancelled. A cancellation will display on reports sent to law schools requesting the file.

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