Academic Accommodations for the LSAT

If you are reading this page you are probably seeking some answers concerning the LSAT. It may be that you or someone you know is preparing for the test and feel it’s not going well. You may even be wondering if you would qualify for academic accommodations like extended time on test sections or testing in a distraction free room. You may be surprised to know that there are numerous psychological conditions/disorders that may make you eligible for academic accommodations on this daunting high stakes test.

The Law School Admissions Test or, “LSAT,” is the standardized test thought to assess the intellectual and academic skills that are necessary to attain your Juris Doctorate (“JD”) and, hopefully, work as an attorney. The LSAT is vital in determining the tier of law school to which you are admitted. The LSAT is comprised of five multiple choice sections and one writing section. The 5 multiple choice sections are logical reasoning (2 sections), reading comprehension, and logic games (plus one experimental section). Each section is 35 minutes and the test takes approximately half a day to administer.

The LSAT is a tough test that is designed to in some ways mimic the verbal and critical thinking skills required to be a successful law student. Law schools put a great deal of weight on a student’s LSAT score when making an admissions decision. If you want to attend law school, especially a good law school, you must make a good LSAT score.

Making a good LSAT score is challenging for even the best students. The pressure to do well, a short amount of time to complete complex verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests, and the knowledge you’re competing with thousands of other students – the stress is immense. Almost all students will at times suffer from performance anxiety and concentration problems when prepping for and taking the LSAT.

But what if one’s emotional and intellectual functioning seems abnormally impaired? In these instances, gaining a psychoeducational assessment can diagnose the problem, outline a treatment plan, and gain a student deserved academic accommodations.

Typical diagnoses stemming from a psychoeducational assessment are:

  • ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Reading (Dyslexia)
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Math (Dyscalculia)
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Writing
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dysgraphia)
  • Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders
  • Emotional Conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder

Once it’s been determined that you suffer from a clinical psychological condition that is affecting academic performance, you can typically use this information to apply for accommodations on the LSAT. The most common accommodations available on the LSAT are:

  • Extended time (e.g., time and a half) on all test sections
  • Testing in a distraction free room
  • Increased number of breaks during the test administration
  • The use of test booklets with increased font size and extra spacing

If you or someone you care about is concerned about having one of the conditions described above, and believe that these symptoms are leading to diminished test performance, then please contact us to begin the process of attaining a CheckIt Psychoeducational Assessment. Our assessments are accurate, quick, and effective in helping prospective law students acquire deserved accommodations. We also assist with the complicated accommodations request process and will ensure that your paperwork is submitted to the LSAC in a timely and correct manner.

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Your testing process will be supervised by a psychologist and the assessment will begin with a clinical interview to get necessary background info. After, you will be tested by a psychometrician who will administer intellectual, academic, attention, emotion, and personality measures.

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Though ADHD symptoms are easily recognizable in many people, they are not as apparent in high achieving college students who put in grueling hours to achieve their grades, leaving them beleaguered and taxed. These students often lack sleep and are very susceptible to developing anxiety and depressive disorders that compound their ADHD symptoms. For these students, academic accommodations are essential.

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