Why the Stop/Start Clock Accommodation May Be Right for You

As an accommodations specialist, I hear all sorts of assumptions about the accommodations process. Most students, for example, think "getting accommodations" means getting extra time to complete an exam, but that couldn't be further from the truth. While extra time is one of the most common accommodations, I'd like to introduce you to my favorite accommodation: the stop/start clock option. This accommodation is available for the LSAT, GRE, and Praxis exams.

Here's how the stop/start clock accommodation works on the LSAT-Flex:

  1. LSAT-Flex test takers who are approved for “stop/start - breaks as needed” have a Pause button available on the “Questions” screen of the computer during the test.

  2. You will control the Stop-the-Clock function, whether you take a digital or paper-delivered exam.

  3. Note that if you are taking the paper format of the LSAT-Flex, your “Questions” screen will not contain test content but will still include the toolbar, which is where you will locate the Pause button (toward the top left of the screen). If you need to take a stop/start break, you can use the Pause button to stop the test timer.

  4. When you resume testing, one minute will automatically be added to the Time Remaining.

  5. You are permitted to leave the view of the camera during a stop/start break or a between section break, but must leave your testing materials and scratch paper on the desk when you leave.

  6. You are not permitted to work on the test during breaks.

  7. When you return to the computer to resume testing, be prepared to re-do the room scan with your webcam and show your photo ID again to the live proctor (just like at the beginning of the test).

Not sure if the stop/start clock accommodation is right for you? Feel free to email us at hello@ginsburgadvancedtutoring.com or schedule a free phone consult if you need assistance preparing your accommodations paperwork.

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