We often get calls from individuals seeking our services to examine for potential testing accommodations during the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Based on the most common questions we receive, I thought it would be helpful to provide some information to those of you embarking on this process.
How do I go about obtaining LSAT accommodations?
1. Register for the LSAT. You must be registered for the LSAT exam before you can request testing accommodations.
2. Review accommodations request process on LSAC’s (Law School Admission Council) website. Read and re-read this website. It contains all the information that you need to know. Based on your disability, you may want to print a hard copy this information. You can then highlight, make notes, and even have others read the information to you. The website also contains a checklist. Be sure to print, post, and use this. It will help to keep you organized.
3. Collect documentation verifying HISTORY of disability. Accommodations are intended to give all exam takers an “even playing field.” It is not intended to just give someone “more time because it helps.” More time is helpful for many people. Individuals with a long-standing history of learning disabilities and educational accommodations that can be verified will want to gather relevant documents. Examples include:
- Previous formal evaluations of your disability
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 accommodations in elementary, junior high and/or high school
- Verification of accommodations from the College Board from taking the SAT and/or ACT
- Verification of accommodations received in college (on school’s letterhead)
4. Collect documentation verifying CURRENT STATUS of disability requiring accommodations. It is important that your assessment be completed by a qualified professional that has experience conducting comprehensive evaluations for educational accommodations. Establishing a disability through the assessment process is not the only skill needed. Clinical skills needed include the ability to identify reasonable and appropriate client-specific accommodations, and the ability to provide clinical evidence that supports why those specific accommodations are needed.For those of you living in the Woodland Hills, CA area or who are willing to travel to our area, please give us a call. We are happy to assist you with your assessment needs. Additional information on our psychoeducational assessment services can be found here.
5. Request accommodations from LSAC (Law School Admission Council). It is important to APPLY EARLY for testing accommodations. You need to provide LSAC with time to review your documentation and provide you with a decision. If you wait too long to apply, you risk not receiving a decision before your scheduled test date, which means you will have to take the test without accommodations. Additionally, if you are not granted accommodations and would like to appeal the decision, you need to make sure time is allotted for this process. Some people have said this process has taken 6-12 months.
If your accommodations are granted, per the LSAC website, be advised that:
- Your scores will have an asterisk (*) next to them, indicating that you completed the exam with accommodations
- You will not have to take the experimental section of the exam
What type of accommodations do people request?
Accommodations requested are unique to addressing the specific disabilities of the test-taker, with the goal being to ensure that non-disabled test-takers do not have an advantage. Sample accommodations include additional time for the multiple choice and/or writing portions of the exam, someone to read you the questions, someone to write your answers, testing over multiple days, and a quiet room.