Candidates are encouraged to review the specifications of the LSAT® and LSAT Writing® in order to determine their accommodation needs as applicable to the specific format and delivery of each part of the test.
Software Features Available for All Test Takers (No Accommodation Request Required)
The LSAT test delivery software includes several built-in, user-adjustable tools. There is a zoom button to increase the text size on the computer screen during the test from “small” (16 pixels, or about 12-point font) to “extra large” (33 pixels, or over 24-point font) as needed. There is also a line-spacing function that allows test takers to increase the spacing between each line of text. Test takers are encouraged to utilize the free Official LSAT Prep® practice tests available through LSAC LawHub® in order to become familiar with these features.
Similarly, the computer-based LSAT Writing includes a text zoom button and line-spacing function, as well as a built-in spell-check feature that identifies misspelled words and underlines them. Test takers can also access a context menu of suggested spelling options from each misspelled word. Candidates registered to take LSAT Writing can visit the LSAT Writing page of their LSAC online accounts to become familiar with the LSAT Writing interface through the “Get Acquainted with LSAT Writing” tool.
The practice test software for both LSAT and LSAT Writing is designed to enable candidates to become familiar with the test interface and experience.
Additionally, all LSAT and LSAT Writing test takers (with or without test accommodations) are permitted to use external computer programs to make web content accessible, such as keyboard-controlled screen reading software, screen magnification programs, or voice recognition software. To protect the security of test content, selectable text functionality (i.e., the ability to select text or place the cursor on the screen) is not available on any of LSAC’s products. Therefore, the computer-based LSAT and LSAT Writing are accessible with screen reader software programs that can be controlled and navigated using keystrokes and keyboard commands rather than a mouse and cursor. If you use screen reader programs or other accessibility software, please be sure to use your programs to explore the practice test tools mentioned above prior to your test date. If you require any assistance, please contact accessibility@LSAC.org.
Personal Items Allowed for All Test Takers (No Accommodation Request Required)
Test takers are highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the list of personal items that are permitted during LSAT and LSAT Writing administrations without prior approval from the LSAC. The list of these items can be found in the LSAC Candidate Agreement. Examples of some items that are permitted for all test takers (i.e., without the need for an accommodation request) include:
- Soft foam earplugs (non-electronic, non-corded/banded, and generic foam earplugs)
- Any type of writing instrument (pens, pencils/mechanical pencils, bold or thick markers, highlighters, etc.)
- Up to 5 blank sheets of scratch paper (lined, unlined, or graph)
- Beverage in plastic container or juice box (maximum size: 20 oz/591 ml). Aluminum cans are not permitted.
- Medication/medical supplies
- Diabetic testing or treatment supplies
Testing Accommodations That May Be Available Upon Request
The following is a non-exhaustive list of testing accommodations that may be available on the LSAT or LSAT Writing. The inclusion of a particular accommodation in the list below does not guarantee that you will receive this accommodation if requested. Each request is reviewed, and a decision whether to grant any testing accommodations is made, on a case-by-case basis in accordance with LSAC’s stated policies.
- Extended testing time
- Additional breaks between multiple-choice test sections
- Stop-the-clock breaks
- Permission to sit/stand during testing
- Permission to read/speak aloud
- Use of physical magnification devices (e.g., magnification reading glasses, handheld magnifier)
- Use of braille writer, Braille Note, or braille display
- Tactile manipulatives (e.g., rubber graph board and tactile letters or pictures; magnetic board with magnetic letters or objects)
- Excel spreadsheets
- Use of a human reader (approved candidates may select/provide a reader of their choice for remote testing)
- Use of an amanuensis/scribe (approved candidates may select/provide a scribe of their choice for remote testing)
Alternate Testing Formats During Remote Testing
Alternate formats that may be available as accommodations include:
- Unified English Braille (UEB) books
- Paper-and-pencil format (regular print)
- Paper-and-pencil format (large print, e.g., 18-point font or higher)
Although paper-and-pencil and braille tests may be available as an accommodation for remotely proctored tests, all LSAT takers (including those who are approved for paper-and-pencil and braille formats) will need to use a computer throughout testing to allow for online, live remote-proctoring using a camera and microphone with the test taker’s computer. The timing of the multiple-choice sections of the test will also be handled through the test taker’s computer.
At the present time, for LSAT Writing only, tests written in braille or provided in a paper-and-pencil format will be administered in a testing center rather than online through remote proctoring.
The following accommodations are only associated with a paper-based administration of the LSAT or LSAT Writing and are not applicable to the computer-based LSAT or LSAT Writing:
- Alternate non-Scantron answer sheet (multiple-choice sections of LSAT only)
- Marking answer choices in the test book (multiple-choice sections of LSAT only)
- Use of line marker or ruler
- Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) video magnifier/handheld video magnifier