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Disability-Related Testing Accommodations

For the LSAT® and LSAT Writing®

Accommodations That May Be Available on the LSAT

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.

This is important. Certain accommodations are best administered in a remote modality while others are best administered in a test center modality. Because of this, test takers who are approved for certain accommodations may be required to test using a particular modality absent exceptional circumstances (hardship) and/or a specifically approved accommodation to test in a specific modality. Disability-related requests to test in a test center or remote modality must be appropriately supported and made by the accommodation request deadline for the applicable LSAT administration. Requests based on exceptional circumstances (hardship) need to be made at least three (3) days prior to the test center scheduling deadline for your test date. If approved for a hardship exemption, you will be required to test with the modality requested.

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.

Items Allowed for the LSAT Without Prior Approval

The list of items permitted during the LSAT without prior approval from LSAC can be found in the LSAC Candidate Agreement. Section 14 covers items that are permitted at test centers, while Section 15 covers items that are permitted while testing remotely.

You are also permitted to bring any of the Preapproved Items External link opens in new browser window listed on the Prometric website.

Items Allowed for LSAT Writing Without Prior Approval

  • Soft foam earplugs (non-electronic, non-corded/banded, and generic foam earplugs) 
  • Water in a clear or transparent container with a lid or cap. All labels must be removed from the container.
  • Medication/medical supplies (including eyeglasses)
  • Diabetic testing or treatment supplies (Bluetooth-enabled medical devices must be pre-approved)
  • Tissues 
This is important. Use of scratch paper is not permitted during LSAT Writing, unless requested and approved as a testing accommodation. (The LSAT Writing interface includes a digital “Scratch Paper” section where test takers can type notes, instead of writing them on a physical piece of scratch paper.)

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.

    Note: The combination of testing time and breaks may not exceed 8 hours in one test day. In the event that the approved combination of test section time and break time would be greater than 8 hours, testing over 2 days will be approved and communicated prior to the test date.
  • Stop/start breaks (as-needed breaks during test sections).
    1) The combination of testing time and breaks, including the use of stop/start breaks, may not exceed 8 hours in one test day. Test sessions with stop-the-clock breaks that reach the 8-hour limit are subject to termination without additional notice.
    2) Beginning with the August 2023 LSAT, test takers will no longer receive an extra minute of testing time for each stop/start break taken.
  • 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.
  • Use of an amanuensis/scribe.
  • Permission to sit/stand during testing.
  • Permission to read/speak aloud.
  • Food (permitted at workstation).
This is important. Candidates approved to receive permission to sit/stand during testing, to read/speak aloud during the test, to have food at the workstation, to make use of a human reader, and/or to make use of an amanuensis/scribe as an accommodation will be required to take the test remotely. If you request any of these accommodations, please consider whether you will need any other accommodations given the remote test environment, and make those requests by the deadline associated with your test administration.

Alternative Testing Formats

Alternative formats that may be available as accommodations for test takers within the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada 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)

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
This is important. Candidates approved to receive paper-and-pencil or braille tests as an accommodation will be required to test in a testing center. If you request a paper-and-pencil or braille test as an accommodation, please consider whether you will need other accommodations given the test center environment, and make those requests by the accommodation request deadline associated with your test administration.