The Hidden World of LSAT Accommodations

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

What do accommodations for the LSAT look like?


Many students believe that LSAT accommodations are simply a question of whether or not a student needs extra time on their exam. However, there are a vast number of accommodations that can be accessed on test day.  This article is designed to familiarize you with the most common test-day schedules for accommodated students.  Find your test day schedule for your accommodated testing below, and start planning how you're going to maintain your test-day energy.  Plan your breaks, including what you'll be doing during them.  And plan your snacks and bathroom breaks, too, so you don't have to deal with any avoidable surprises. 


If you test without accommodations, your test-day schedule will look like this:


Section I:  35 Minutes

Section II: 35 Minutes

Section III: 35 Minutes

REST: 10-15 Minutes Section IV: 35 Minutes

Section V: 35 Minutes Writing Sample: 35 Minutes


Total Testing Time: 3 Hours 30 minutes (210 Minutes). Note that one of the sections is an "experimental section" and will not be factored into your score.

Break/Rest Time: 10-15 Minutes. This break occurs between the third and fourth sections.

Total Time in Test Room: ~ 3 Hours 45 Minutes.

Note that many test centers do not start on time. Students report having to wait as long as 30 minutes or even an hour to begin filling out their test Scranton.


If you test with 50% Extra Time, your test-day schedule will look like this:


Section I:  53 Minutes

Section II: 53 Minutes

Section III: 53 Minutes

REST: 10-15 Minutes

Section IV: 53 Minutes

Section V: 53 Minutes

Writing Sample: 35 Minutes


Total Testing Time: 300 Minutes (~90 more minutes to test)

Break/Rest Time: 10-15 Minutes(no additional break/rest time)

Total Time in Test Room: ~ 5 Hours 15 Minutes (~90 more minutes in the testing room)


If you test with 50% Extra Time, longer rest and extra breaks, your test-day schedule will look like this:


Section I:  53 Minutes

10 Minute break

Section II: 53 Minutes

10 Minute break

Section III: 53 Minutes

REST: 20-30 Minutes

Section IV: 53 Minutes

10 Minute break

Section V: 53 Minutes

10 Minute break

Writing Sample: 35 Minutes


Total Testing Time: 300 Minutes (90 more minutes to test)

Break/Rest Time: 60-70 Minutes (50-60 minutes additional break/rest time)

Total Time in Test Room: ~ 6 Hours 10 Minutes (2 ½ more hours in the testing room)


Testing with Other Accommodations:


Beyond the accommodations noted above, students with focus issues and vision impairments often seek additional accommodations.  In fact, private testing rooms are often requested because they are entirely free of external stimuli (distracting noises from testers and proctors).  Additionally, vision accommodations are available for those with legal or functional blindness, or other vision impairments that prevent students from being able to access the exam.  As the LSAT moves towards digital testing, with consider whether paper-based testing will be an accommodation you will need. 

Note: you cannot request to eliminate a test section due to a vision impairment. 


The Private Room: 

A private room is different than a reduced-noise or quiet environment (because test rooms are already quiet).  To be sure, the private room provides you an environment free of external stimuli, which is often a trigger for students with anxiety, ADD, and ADHD.


Vision / Dyslexia Accommodations: 


  • Reader

  • Paper-based test

  • Large-font test

  • Braille

Here's a final tip for those considering the accommodations process: remember that, to test at your best, accommodations alone won't suffice. You have to know how to use your accommodations, but also ensure that you master the content of the exam and effective test strategies for eliminating wrong answer choices. 



If you want to learn how to optimize your test day results, check out our LSAT tutoring services or educational consult options. We're here to help!


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