Taking the Disability Accommodations for LSAT
Accommodated LSAT Testing
The LSAC provides appropriate accommodations for the candidates who have documented disabilities in order to enable them to take the LSAT. These issues are decided by the authorities on a case-by-case basis. They evaluate the case of each candidate who applies, and then awards the accommodations or denies the request.
The request for accommodation is considered only if you are registered for the LSAT. Another point to keep in mind is that just because you apply for the accommodation request package, it does not mean that the LSAC is under any obligation to provide what you ask for.
What Accommodations are Available?
- The LSAT is available in Braille (apart from the regular print).
- It is also available in 18-point print.
- Nonscannable answer sheet
- A reader
- An amanuensis
- A test center that is accessible by wheelchair
- Additional rest time between the sections of the test
- Additional testing time
- Allowing the use of special aids
The above list is not a complete list. If there is anything you need apart from what has already been mentioned, you can apply for it, but again, keeping in mind that the LSAC does not guarantee that it will be approved.
How to request for Accommodations?
In order to request special accommodation, you need to log on to LSAC.org and read the information given regarding the same.
Choose the date and center for your attempt and register for the
Register as early as possible. This is because in case you experience
any difficulties with the registration or with your request, you will
have sufficient time to communicate with the authorities and get your
problems clarified. The LSAC usually responds to such requests within
14 working days. However if the process takes longer, like if they want
further information from you in order to arrive at a
decision, there may not be sufficient time to complete the process. If
you begin the process early, you will also have time to request
reconsideration from the LSAC in the event of denial.
Fill out the forms at first and submit them along with the required documents. You can complete the forms online and then print them out.
Wait for the communication regarding your request. When you receive it, and disagree with the decision of the LSAC, ask them to reconsider. Point out the reasons due to which you disagree and attach supporting documents. If you want to change the date or the center of the test, you can ask for that as well. As far as possible, the LSAC will try to accommodate you. If your request is refused, or you are unable to complete the required formalities before the deadline, you will be registered as a regular test taker.
Additional Points to Consider:
- The score that you earn with additional test time will be reported as your individual score. It will not be averaged with the scores that other test takers have received. For this reason, a percentile rank will not be available to you. The LSAC will advise law schools that your score ought to be interpreted with flexibility and sensitivity.
- The authorities assure that all information relating to your request for accommodation will remain confidential. It will be sent with your law school reports only with your authorization.
- All test takers who have taken the test with accommodations, are subject to the same policies as are other test takers. It is recommended that you read through the policies of the LSAC before attempting the test.
- The contact information is as follows:
1) Mailing Address:
LSAC Accommodated Testing
PO BOX 8512
Newtown PA 18940-8512
2) Courier Address:
LSAC Accommodated Testing
662 Penn Street
Newtown PA 18940-0995
4) Phone: 215.968.1001
5) Fax: 215.504.1420