How to Choose the Best LSAT Test Center

How to Choose the Best LSAT Test Center

Your LSAT study plan is all set. You’re quickly becoming a pro at analytical reasoning. The only thing that will be better than you at pacing is an actual stopwatch. But there’s one thing left to consider: which LSAT test center should you pick?

Selecting a test center

Finding an LSAT test center is a fairly simple process. To begin, visit the LSAC’s list of published testing centers. You have to register for the exam and choose a testing location ahead of test day, and not all testing centers administer every LSAT exam. For example, if you’re planning to take the February LSAT, make sure the test center you have in mind will be administering it. Not sure how to register? Start here.

Things to consider when selecting an LSAT test center

Is choosing an LSAT test center as simple as picking the one closest to you? Or can you be more strategic in your choice? Review the following tips to help you decide where exactly you want to go to crush the LSAT.

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  1. Location of the test center

If you’re a student, there’s likely a test center near your college. This location is convenient for a number of reasons: there will be fewer disruptions to your current routine, you have the opportunity to visit the testing site ahead of time to feel it out, and you can even find time to take some practice tests in that very building!

But does that proximity and familiarity come with a downside? You might be surrounded by peers from your pre-law classes, which could feel like a lot of pressure, or something you’d rather not think about on test day.

Some test takers opt to take the LSAT at a test center closer to their hometown if they attend school elsewhere. If your hometown is a considerable distance from your campus, this may be an opportunity to get out of the familiarity of school and your peers and surround yourself instead with a comforting, relaxing environment. Spending a few days away from campus presents unique opportunities to focus on the exam and nothing else.

If you’re not a student, then you probably won’t have to worry about other people you know testing at the same test center as you. You can focus on selecting the test center that’s most conveniently located to where you live—or where your folks live, if you still feel like a home cooked meal could make all the difference the day before the exam!

  1. The physical space of the test center

No matter where your test center is located, go check it out before making your selection. Pay attention to the details that will matter on test day: are bathrooms close to the testing room? Is the room well-lit? What are the conditions of the building? How is the ambient noise? Is it an old building that may have HVAC issues? In short, is this somewhere you can sit and focus on the task at hand? If not, look for another test center nearby. While you have to be prepared for a few things to not be perfect on the day of the LSAT, you should definitely try to avoid anything you think might prevent you from doing your best.

  1. Getting to the LSAT test center

You should also factor in the commute it will take to the test center. Is the test center easy to get to? Do you know the route? Do you have to take public transit? Whatever the case, make sure you pick a place that is easy to get to or where a friend or family member could easily drive you. The last thing you want to do on the day of the test is hassle too much with transit! Once you pick a place, practice that commute ahead of test day.

  1. Special circumstances

The LSAC provides accommodations for special circumstances. If you’re located too far from a local testing center, for example, they sometimes provide other opportunities to test. If you think you may have extenuating circumstances that would require taking the exam somewhere else, review the LSAC’s process for requesting a nonpublished test center.

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While choosing the test center closest to your current location makes a lot of sense, be strategic when making your choice. Set yourself up for success by visiting the testing locations available to you. Evaluate the space itself, plan your route, and decide whether you would perform better near where you live or farther away. Now that you’ve thought long and hard about which test center is right for you, make sure you also select the best LSAT test date!

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