LSAT Test Center Problems

"What are some of the most common LSAT test center problems?"

One problem might be that the desk is too small. Or the person next to you is annoying. They could be blowing their nose. They could be erasing heavily. They could be knocking into you a little bit. 

Maybe the room is too hot. Maybe the room is too cold. Maybe the proctors are circling around. Maybe they're even talking to each other or talking on their cell phones, or there's a marching band playing outside, or the fire alarm goes off.

Now, I'm not saying any of these things are likely to happen, but they might happen. It's entirely possible and you want to do what you can to minimize the risk of that happening. So, or at least how you respond to it.

Dealing with Proctors

For the Paper LSAT, before the exam starts, talk to them and ask them or confirm with them, are we getting a five minute warning before the end of each section? Are we getting a break between the third and fourth sections? How much time are you giving us per section overall? All of these things.

(For the Digital LSAT, it's all automated, so the above are not issues for you if you're taking the Digital LSAT.)

Be friendly with the proctors.

However, if it turns out that they won't let you bring in a permitted item and claim that it's banned, you could always show a printout of LSAC’s website saying that this item is permitted. LSAC’s website says that you could ask them to pull it up on their phone to confirm that. You could have a print out from the website and you could also maybe email LSAC, get confirmation in the email and then print that out and bring that with you.

Room Discomfort and Noise

With regard to the room being too hot or too cold, you could bring layers. And that way, no hoodies though, cause hoodies are not allowed, but something else that, a sweatshirt of some kind, a cardigan, a blazer. Blazer also helps you feel pretty sharp, which is also a potential confidence booster. So there's that to consider also. 

Obviously, there's not much you could do about a marching band or fire alarm. If this happens to you, contact LSAC afterwards and they'll probably give you a free retake. That's probably the best that you'd do with them unfortunately. If other test takers are the nuisance, you could call over the proctor and ask them to deal with this person if it becomes completely overwhelming.

Simulating Test Day Conditions

But to inoculate yourself against issues more minor than these, practice in similar conditions. So instead of practicing at home in your perfectly sterile environment, where there's always a fresh glass of water next to you and the bathroom’s only a short walk away, go to a coffee shop, and time yourself strictly.

And if somebody knocks into you, or they bother you, or they interrupt you for a second, all of that's on the clock, and you still have to keep moving.

Practice to make it as real for yourself as possible and do whatever you can to think about, "what is MY worst case scenario?" and "how can I prepare for it?"

This way, if you encounter it on test day, it's not the first time that you're dealing with this issue, and you'll be ready.

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