The night before the exam, print your LSAT Admission Ticket from your LSAC.org account. This will ensure that you have the most recent and accurate reporting address for your test center. (Sometimes test supervisors need to change the center’s reporting address without much notice.)
The exact test date, reporting time, and reporting address are listed on your LSAT Admission Ticket. Your ticket also includes pertinent information regarding test center instructions and procedures. You must read all five pages of your admission ticket before reporting to the test center.
You are responsible for getting directions to and arriving at the test center by the reporting time. Check the institution's website for specific directions to the test center, 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 reporting address will be a centralized location; you will be directed from there to a specific test room or building.
Expect the test day to cover up to seven hours.
Use the restroom before checking in. Once you have checked in, you will not be permitted to use the restroom until the start of Section 1.
- Test takers should not contact LSAT test center supervisors for any reason.
- Test takers are not permitted access to test rooms prior to the exam.
Admission to the Test Center
The following four items are REQUIRED for admission to the test center:
- LSAT Admission Ticket: You must present and sign page 1 of your admission ticket at the test center check-in table. (Do not bring pages 2–5 of your ticket.) Your ticket may be used only for the test date printed on it.
- Valid, Government-Issued Photo Identification: You will be required to present a valid, government-issued ID. The ID must be current (or have expired within 90 days of your test date) and must contain a recent and recognizable photo of you. The first and last name listed on your ID must match exactly the first and last name printed on your LSAT Admission Ticket. (Make sure all of your biographical data is consistent.) More information is available at Identification Accepted for LSAT Admission.
- Recent, Passport-Type Photograph: Inside the designated box on your admission ticket, you must glue or tape a passport-type photograph showing only your face and shoulders. The photograph must have been taken within the last six months and must be clear enough that there is no doubt about your identity. The photo must show you as you look on test day (e.g., with or without a beard) and must be different than the photo displayed on your government-issued ID. The photo’s dimensions 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). More information is available at LSAT Admission Ticket Photo Requirement.
- Pencils: Bring three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB wooden 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 and sharpeners WILL NOT be supplied at the test center.
Items Allowed in the Test Room
You may bring into the test room a clear plastic ziplock bag (maximum size: 1 gallon/3.79 liters), which must be stored under your chair and may be accessed only during the break.
The sealed ziplock bag may contain ONLY the following items:
- valid ID
- medical products (including diabetic testing supplies)
- feminine hygiene products
- No. 2 or HB wooden pencils
- erasers (no erasers with sleeves)
- pencil sharpener
- beverage in plastic container or juice box (maximum size: 20 oz/591 ml)—no aluminum cans permitted
All items must fit in the ziplock bag such that the bag can be sealed.
Test takers are permitted to wear an analog (nondigital) wristwatch. (Timing devices of any other kind are not permitted.)
Items Allowed on the Desktop
Test takers may have ONLY the following items on the desktop:
- valid ID
- LSAT Admission Ticket
- No. 2 or HB wooden pencils
- pencil sharpener
- analog (nondigital) wristwatch
Beverage and snack are NOT permitted on the desktop and may be accessed only during the break.
You MAY NOT bring into the test center or use any of the following:
- electronic timers of any kind
- electronic cigarettes
- fitness tracking devices
- digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
- cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
- personal computers
- photographic or recording devices
- listening devices
- headsets, iPods, or other media players
- books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
- mechanical pencils
- mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves
- ink pens or felt-tip markers
- briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
- hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
- weapons or firearms
LSAC has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to the use or possession of electronic devices.
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. If you must use the restroom during the test, raise your hand and wait for permission to leave the room. All of your test materials will be collected and held until you return. You will not be given extra test time for time lost during your absence in the restroom. Only one person at a time is permitted to leave the test room.
- 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 test 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 wooden pencil. Answers recorded in the test book will not be scored. Do not make stray marks on your answer sheet. 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 wooden pencil or a highlighter to underline passages in the test book.
- Hats/Hoods: No hats or hoods may be worn on the head (except items of religious apparel).
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses may not be worn.
- Handbags, Backpacks, Briefcases: No handbags, backpacks, briefcases, or bags of any kind—except a maximum size 1 gallon (3.79 liters) 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 test center, 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.
- Test Center Violations/Irregularities: Supervisors will report to LSAC any test center violation or irregularity that occurs during the administration.
- Testing Materials: All testing materials, including test books, answer sheets, and LSAT Writing Sample Topic sheets are the property of LSAC 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, or 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 LSAT during the next regularly scheduled administration at no additional charge.
- Creating a Disturbance: Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior and is authorized to dismiss from the test center any test taker who creates a disturbance.
Test Taker Responsibilities
When you take the LSAT, it is your responsibility to report
- all instances of suspected cheating on the part of any test takers
- any other inappropriate behavior that becomes known to you
If you believe that you have information about actual or potential test security violations, please contact LSAC immediately. You are an important part of protecting the LSAT and ensuring a fair test environment. Cheating impacts everyone.