LSAT Test Day Tips

Be prepared. It’s the Boy Scouts credo. At AdmissionsConsultants, we also believe in solid preparation. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be and the greater your chance for success. That’s why we have prepared the following helpful LSAT test day tips for you.

Pack Wisely

To prevent cheating, there are very strict rules concerning what you can take with you into the exam. You will want to pack the following:

  • Your admissions ticket
  • A picture ID
  • A dozen sharp, non-mechanical pencils (mechanical pencils are prohibited)
  • A pencil sharpener
  • An extra eraser
  • Tissues
  • A few practice problems for warming-up
  • A snack and drink for lunch

All of these things must be packed in a see-through ziplock bag no larger than one gallon.

Do NOT bring your cell phone. Due to high concerns about cheating, cell phones are strictly prohibited and may be confiscated by the proctors.

You will not be able to eat or drink during the exam. Nor will you be allowed to wear earplugs or use any digital timing device, including a digital watch.

(Re)Print Out Your LSAT Admission Ticket

The LSAC sometimes makes last-minute changes to reporting addresses. By printing out your online LSAT admission ticket shortly before the test, you will be sure to have accurate

Eat Breakfast

You will do a lot of work before you get a lunch break and you will not be able to take your lunch out of your ziplock bag during the test. Even if you don’t normally eat breakfast, you should eat something before going to your LSAT test.

Show Up Early

Plan to arrive about a half-hour early. This will give you a safe window of time in case of trouble parking, traffic, or other unforeseen problems.

Visit the Restroom Before You Check In

Be sure to use the restroom before you register and enter the test room. You will not be permitted to leave the test room until after the start of Section I and at that point, your restroom break will be costing you precious minutes that are better spent on your LSAT questions.

Do a Few Warm-Up Problems

Get your brain in gear and calm your nerves by doing a few practice problems before you go into the testing room. Bring something you’ve done before (so you don’t make yourself nervous) and practice going through the steps of answering the questions. You won’t be able to take these practice problems into the room with you, though, so bring something that you can throw away when you’re finished warming up.