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How to Apply for LSAT Accommodations

If you have a legitimate need, receiving LSAT accommodations could make all the difference in your score on LSAT test day. The LSAC makes a large number of accommodations available to candidates who qualify. However, in order to receive accommodations, you’ll need to plan ahead and follow the LSAC’s application process.

What Accommodations are Available on the LSAT?

The LSAC provides a large list of possible accommodations for test-takers who qualify. This list includes everything from simple accommodations such as the use of earplugs or scratch paper, to more substantial accommodations, such as extended time or use of a scribe. LSAC emphasizes that its accommodation list isn’t exhaustive, so if you need a change that is not listed, you’ll have a chance to request it specifically.

Here’s a list of the most commonly requested LSAT 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 (e.g., JAWS))
  • Extended test time up to double time
  • Use of computer and printer for the Writing Sample
  • Use of spell check
  • Alternate non-Scantron answer sheet
  • Use of a reader
  • Use of an amanuensis (scribe)
  • Additional rest time during breaks (standard break is 10–15 minutes between third and fourth sections)
  • Breaks between sections
  • Sit-stand with a podium
  • Wheelchair accessibility (if table is requested, specify height)
  • Separate room (e.g., small group testing)
  • Private testing room (e.g., low-distraction setting)
  • Stop-the-clock breaks
  • Scratch paper
  • Voice recognition software (e.g., Dragon)
  • Physical prompts (e.g., for test takers with hearing impairments)
  • Reserved or assigned seating location (e.g., seating near the exam proctor)
  • Bring and eat food
  • Permission to bring insulin, check blood sugar
  • Permission to bring and take medications
  • Earplugs
  • Use of line marker
  • Use of magnification devices (e.g., magnification reading glasses, handheld video magnifier, closed circuit
  • television (CCTV), ZoomText)
  • Ability to pace (walk around)
  • Marking answer choices in the test book
  • Book stand

Source: LSAC website

Does it Matter Whether I Have Received Accommodations on Prior Standardized Tests?

You may be eligible for accommodations on the LSAT even if you’ve never had accommodations on prior standardized tests. But if you’ve received accommodations on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests I, SAT II, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, DAT, or MCAT, you can most likely receive the same accommodations on the LSAT. LSAC will approve your application if you can provide verification that you previously received accommodations on one of these tests and you meet some other basic requirements. You can read all the details on LSAC’s website.
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Applying for LSAT Accommodations That Do Not Require Extended Time

LSAC refers to applications for accommodations that do not require extended time as “Category #1 Requests.” If you seek one of these accommodations — such as permission the ability to take prescription medicine or check your blood sugar levels during the test — you’ll need to submit three items:

  1. Candidate Information Form
  2. Evidence of Disability
  3. Statement of Need for Accommodation.

LSAC’s website provides links to each of these forms.

Applying for LSAT Accommodations That Require Extended Time

LSAC has two categories of requests for accommodations that require extended time:

  • Category #2 refers to requests for up to 50% extended time for those who do not have a severe visual impairment, or for up to 100% extended time for those whose visual impairment requires an alternative test format.
  • Category #3 refers to requests for more than 50% extended time for those who do not have a visual impairment, or for more than 100% extended time or those whose visual impairment requires an alternative test format.

Applications for Category #2 and Category #3 accommodations requests require the same paperwork as Category #1 requests: (1) Candidate Information Form, (2) Evidence of Disability, and (3) Statement of Need for Accommodation.

Will I Have to Document My Disability?

Unless you qualify based on accommodations you received on a prior standardized test, you’ll need to document your disability. In many cases, you can use documentation that demonstrates accommodations you received in the past. For example, if in the past five years you were examined for an approved Individualized Education Plan or Section 504 Plan, you can rely on that documentation for your application.

You can still apply for accommodations on the LSAT even if you haven’t previously received educational accommodations. You will, however, need to provide full current documentation of your disability, including an evaluation from a qualified professional. LSAC explains this fully in its Evidence of Disability Form. Note that you can apply for accommodations even if your disability is temporary, such as an injury to your hand.

You will also need to provide a rationale for receiving testing accommodations. This is what LSAC calls the Statement of Need. You can follow LSAC’s directions to explain why your situation requires accommodations. In some cases, it will be best to supplement the rationale you provide with an additional statement from a qualified professional who has evaluated your need.

Appealing LSAC’S Denial of Your LSAT Accommodations Request

If LSAC denies your accommodations request, you can appeal. However, the turnaround time for your appeal is short. You have just 24 hours from the time that LSAC posts its decision to your online LSAC account to provide notification of your intent to appeal. You will complete this notification through your online LSAC account. You then have just four days from the day that LSAC posts its decision to submit your actual appeal. LSAC will make a decision on your appeal within one week of the day that you submit your appeal.

Summary

LSAC provides a full slate of accommodations for qualifying test-takers. But be sure to start your accommodations request early and follow LSAC’s instructions carefully. Leave plenty of time to undergo a full evaluation by a qualified professional, especially if you have not previously received accommodations on a standardized test. LSAC’s website provides a wealth of information about its accommodations request process, and it’s the perfect place to go to start your request. (And Magoosh can be the perfect place to start your LSAT prep!)

 
 
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