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What to Expect from Your LSAT Proctor

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When you are ready to take the LSAT, there may be no one more important to you in that testing room than your proctor. LSAT Proctors have complete control over the administration of the test. They are also responsible for ensuring that all of the rules for the test are followed. They will distribute your materials, give explanations of the test procedure, keep time for each section, and monitor the room for irregularities or cheating.

Potential Problems with your LSAT Proctor

One of the many rules you must follow during the LSAT administration is not to “create a disturbance.” While some of us would love to classify a disturbance as tapping a pencil loudly, it is actually up to the “test supervisor” to determine what a disturbance is. But what happens if a student really does cause a clear disturbance and nothing is done about it? This might include talking out-loud, making sounds, or moving unreasonably in the room.

Although students may hope for an expect a completely glitch-free day for their LSAT administration, sometimes this doesn’t happen. Unfortunately, there are plenty of things that can go wrong or not as smoothly as you’d hope. As we can see from many forums with commiserating students, there are quite of a few things you can be disappointed with when it comes to your proctor. This may include:

  1. Keeping inaccurate time
  2. Talking loudly/making noise during the exam
  3. Being disorganized/late starts
  4. Not addressing irregularities

How the LSAC Handles Complaints about LSAT Proctors

So what does the Law School Admissions Council think about these problems? Well, in their words: “LSAC administers the LSAT at hundreds of locations around the world. Although LSAC staff and local test supervisors (who are not LSAC employees) make every effort to provide a suitable test-taking environment, LSAC cannot guarantee that conditions will be optimal at all testing sites. In no case will LSAC be held responsible for test-center conditions beyond its control.”

How to Handle Potential Problems with LSAT Proctors

“Your complaint must be received by LSAC within six calendar days after the administration via fax, letter, or email.” Fair warning: at best, if your complaint is found valid, you will be offered the opportunity to retake for free. At the very least, after filing your complaint, the LSAC will give you the opportunity to either release or cancel your score for that administration. In this way, you will get extra time to decide whether to keep that score or not. Unfortunately, this places more of a burden on you, since you will have to go through the trouble of waiting for the next administration, possibly delaying your application timeline.

Just remember that you have the right to speak up and voice any concerns during your test. Don’t be afraid to report an irregularity to your LSAT proctor, and if necessary, ask for any disturbing behavior to stop!

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