What Is a “Nonpublished” Test Center?

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Choosing a test center is a source of much stress for those signing up for the LSAT – you want a center with big desks that’s easy to get to, in a relatively quiet location, and so on. (And hey, did you know that we have a list of test center reviews to make your decision easier?) But for some people, finding a test center is stressful for a different — and more expensive — reason: They simply don’t live within 100 miles of the nearest center.

If you do live within 100 miles of a test center, you need to take your test at a designated center, no matter how much of a pain in the rear it is to get to that test center. But if you don’t live within 100 miles of a testing center, LSAC will allow you the privilege of paying extra to take the test at your very own “nonpublished test center.” What this means is that they will find a building and a proctor for you, and assign you to it; you don’t get any say in where you take the test, and it can be anywhere within that 100-mile radius.

If all of that sounds peachy to you, here’s how you’d go about getting yourself a nonpublished test center:

1. You need to submit a written request for your nonpublished test center. LSAC, which is an organization known for its speedy adaptation to changing technology, recommends that you send your request for a nonpublished test center via fax. However, recognizing that fax machines might be a little tricky to come by in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen, they also (reluctantly) accept the form via mail. Like, physical mail. Emails simply will not suffice.

2. You should note that the deadline to do so is slightly earlier than the normal deadline. So for the January LSAT, although you have until December 17th to sign up for a test at a published test center, you’d need to submit your request for a nonpublished test center by December 10. For nearly every LSAT, the deadline to request a nonpublished test center is a week before the normal registration deadline.

3. You’ll also need to submit a fee of $295 in addition to the normal LSAT costs (and that extra fee can’t be covered by a fee waiver).

And that’s it! If you’re willing to jump through those hoops and part with a hefty chunk of change, you can take your test at a center that is somewhat less inconvenient to get to. What a treat!

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