I hear from a lot of students who plan to take the LSAT and need help applying for testing accommodations. The LSAC does provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. I have students immediately gain 15 LSAT points when they start taking practice tests under accommodated conditions, so it is hugely important that you apply for accommodations if you are eligible.
To request LSAT accommodations, you must document the current impact of your impairment and how it affects a major life activity related to your ability to take the LSAT under standard conditions. Your documentation must also provide a rationale and an objective basis for the requested accommodation.
Keep in mind that a diagnosis alone does not qualify you for accommodations. You must document the current functional impact of an impairment that limits a major life activity and provide both a rationale and an objective basis for the requested accommodations.
The process of applying for accommodations can feel a bit overwhelming, so I've written it out here in an easy, step-by-step method.
1. Register for the LSAT before requesting accommodations. Applying for accommodations can take a long time, so you should sign up for a test at least a couple months out, if possible. You can register for the LSAT online, by phone, or by submitting a paper registration form. Your request for accommodations will not be processed unless you are registered to take the test.
2. Download the Accommodations Request Packet on the LSAC website, and determine which process you should follow to submit your request for accommodations.
Candidates who have appropriate proof of prior approved testing accommodations on the LSAT, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, or DAT examinations and who are requesting the same accommodations on the LSAT, review the LSAC’s Policy on Prior Testing Accommodations and the steps to follow to document your request for accommodations on the LSAT.
All other candidates, click here for information on the steps to follow to document your request for accommodations on the LSAT.
3. Fill out the forms online or by hand. Then print and sign all forms before they are mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to LSAC. Submit all required documentation by the receipt deadline.
4. Monitor your online account for information about the status of your request for accommodations. If your request for accommodations is granted, LSAC will make arrangements with the test center and send both you and the test center supervisor confirmation of the accommodations granted.
Contact for LSAT Testing Accommodations
LSAC Accommodated Testing
P.O. Box 8512
Newtown, PA 18940-8512
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