LSAT Exam Day: What to Bring (And What Not to Bring)

Test day is almost upon us, and you should have everything you need for the LSAT ready in advance so that you don’t end up scrambling Monday morning. Be sure to check out LSAC’s page of regulations for LSAT test day; here are some highlights of what to bring and what not to bring.

What to Bring on LSAT Exam Day:

  • Yourself. If you decide you’re not ready for the LSAT, visit the LSAC website before midnight ET the night before the test and withdraw from the LSAT to avoid an absence on your record.
  •  Your admission ticket with photo attached. You can print the ticket’s “Day of the LSAT” page. The photo is a relatively new requirement for the LSAT, but you should not overlook it. LSAC is extremely picky about your photo. There’s an easy solution: get a passport photo taken. It’ll fit the requirements, no worries. Once you have your photo ready, don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance until you leave the LSAT test center. No dying your hair. No new piercings. No shaving your beard. No shaving your head. No new facial tattoos. You get the idea.
  • Identification. School ID won’t suffice for the LSAT; you need something government-issued. Your driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or passport are fine.
  • Pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. Not #3, not #1, but good old #2 pencils. No mechanical pencils. There’s no need to go overboard and bring dozens of pencils to the LSAT, but it’s good to have a few so you know you won’t find yourself running short, or having to pause to sharpen mid-section. You want sharp pencils; if you’re prepared to be just a little bit obsessive about it you can get in touch with this guy. You may want to bring one that’s less than super-sharp for bubbling your LSAT answer sheet.
  • A snack and a drink. Not the alcoholic kind — that’s for later. The drink needs to be in a plastic bottle or in a juice box. The snack should be packaged such that it doesn’t make a mess all over your other stuff. (For more on this, check out my LSAT test day snack suggestions.)
  • An analog wristwatch. No digital watches, no stopwatches, no pocket watches.
  • A clear Ziplock bag, max size one gallon. It’s the only thing you’re allowed to use to hold all of the above LSAT supplies.

What NOT to Bring on LSAT Exam Day:

  • Your phone. Don’t **** with LSAC. You will get kicked out of the LSAT test center for having your phone with you. It’s not worth it. While we’re here, it’s worth saying that any electronics of any kind are not allowed.
  •  Anything you wear on your head. The only way you can get around this one is if it’s religious apparel. Giantology, Dodgerism, and the like are not valid religions.
  • Earplugs. They’re simply not allowed at the LSAT.
  • Anything else that’s not allowed. Again, you can find the exhaustive list of items you can and cannot bring to LSAT test day here.

The morning of the LSAT exam, don’t try to cram any last-minute practice questions you haven’t seen before — at this point you should be fully prepared. Avoid any prep that can shake your confidence. If you really want to do a warm-up pick something beforehand, like an easy logic game. Don’t check your answers —  just finish your breakfast, double-check your Ziploc bag, and head to the testing center early. Read our breakdown of your LSAT test day schedule so you know what to expect, and when to arrive at your testing center.

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9 Responses

  1. Amiinah says:

    Is it necessary to bring a watch?
    Thank you

    • It’s not required by the rules, but it is very strongly advised. A large part of test day strategy involves timing, and, more specifically, executing a plan that helps you to spend each precious minute wisely. Just FYI, you can only use an analog timer, i.e. a watch with hands. No digital timers, phones, etc. are allowed.

  2. Gio says:

    Why the hell are earplugs not allowed?- they think we won’t hear blaring fire alarms??? What if the asshole next to one of us is an intentional distraction or has a disability that causes gruntsand twitches?

    • Haha… Gio, I wish I knew the answer. Two possibilities: (1) someone will use their earplugs as an excuse to work past when time is called; (2) they’re worried that you are receiving instructions via an earpiece that resembles ear plugs.

      Unfortunately, the makers of the LSAT have their rules and really, really don’t care what test takers think about those rules.

  3. Hiba says:

    Are there no lockers for our cell phones? I just wanted to know what to do if we are getting dropped off and picked up the day of the test. Test can run late so I wanted to call before my ride showed up.

    • It’s my understanding that they don’t want them there. I would not count on their having lockers available. You may need to just set a prearranged time when your ride comes back that gives enough room for the test as well as all the administrative details of taking the test.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I need to bring my cellphone. Can I give it to the proctor to hold?

  5. Paula says:

    I’m very sensitive to noise and I literally wear my earplugs all the time. Should I even be considering law school or would it be wise to choose a different career path?

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