What to Pack for the October LSAT on Saturday

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So by now you should have completed most of your studying. If you’re planning on taking a practice test today, I’d probably recommend against it, but that’s a judgment call. If you do any kind of studying tomorrow (Friday), however, I will come to wherever you are and viciously berate you.

That said, there is something important to consider for test day that we have refrained from mentioning thus far in our blog preview of the October LSAT: what to pack. Now, you’re not going on a three day trip to Flagstaff, so you don’t need to worry about bringing extra underwear, unless there’s a particularly scary logic game. But there are a number of items that are of equal importance. Without further ado…

What to Bring

1. Admission Ticket– Without this, you won’t be able to take the LSAT on Saturday. You can find it on the always-easy-to-navigate LSAC website. This is, without a doubt, the most important thing to pack on Friday night.

2. Your ID– Another important thing, but this should be pretty intuitive. Most people carry their wallets, purses, or satchels with them at all times. You’ll absolutely need to show ID at the test center, so make sure to have your driver’s license or passport handy (i.e. no losing your shit Friday night at a bar [and no going to bars Friday night, anyway]).

3. Your thumb– Don’t have any bandsaw accidents Friday night. You’ll need this for your thumbprint, which is the second form of ID on test day. I imagine if you don’t have thumbs they might take a fingerprint, but there are no guarantees.

4. Pencils– LSAC actually says to bring three or four pencils, but I see no stipulation that you can’t bring 20 if you’re particularly anal. The big thing is to not bring mechanical pencils. For some reason, LSAC doesn’t want these in the test center. I think it’s because the LSAC administrators fear change, and the rudimentary technology of mechanical pencils is too much for them.

5. One gallon bag– Sort of like getting on a plane, you better be able to fit anything you could want in life into a clear plastic bag. Items that can go in here: wallet, keys, analog watch, medical or hygience products, a highlighter, erasers, a pencil sharpener, tissues, a beverage in a plastic container or juice box and a snack. Items that can’t go in here: anything else.

What not to Bring

1. Electronics– You can’t bring any electronics into the test center. No cell phones, no calculators, no digital watches- basically nothing that was invented after 1620 is allowed in the test center. However, they don’t search your pockets when you enter the test center, so probably just make sure to turn anything you have off.

2. Hats/hoods– I guess the worry is that you might write logical syllogisms on the underside of the bill of your hat? Or might have a transmitter and microphone hidden somewhere in the folds of your beanie? Who the hell knows? Whatever the case, LSAC isn’t down for you to cover up your bedhead in the morning.

3. Books– While your Blueprint books are a friendly reminder of a summer of carefree LSAT study, you can’t bring them into the test center. Leave them in the car.

4. Compasses– It actually says on the LSAC website that you can’t bring compasses into the test center. For what it’s worth, you also can’t bring a sundial, a chunk of flint, or a whetstone.

5. Really, anything else– Just don’t bring anything unless you expressly need it on the test. Admissions ticket, pencils, ID, analog watch, drink, and a snack. Everything else is just extraneous.

If you want to take a look at LSAC’s rundown of the rules and regulations, feel free. As a final piece of advice, kids: Don’t. Get. Eliminated.

One Response

  1. Belated says:

    Just found this amusing post; a couple of clarifications that you may want to incorporate into future “What to bring posts”

    The reason mechanical pencils are to be avoided on Scantrons is 1) they may not make dark enough marks to be read; 2) mechanical pencils take significantly longer to fill in circles; and 3) may not erase fully. Plus, too fine a point and you’re liable to puncture a hole through the test sheet.

    The compass that you were making light of is not the magnetic kind, but the kind used in drafting– like rulers, etc, they’re not allowed for some sort of cheating purpose. Or maybe they’re dangerous. I dunno. But I haven’t used a compass since high school geometry.

    Finally, I would have recommended adding a few things to your “must pack list”: a couple of block erasers (he erasers on the end of most pencils tend to smear); and a pencil sharpener with enclosed receptacle. Some test centers don’t have sharpners, and try diagramming logic games with a dull tip. Messy.

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