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Test Center Violations & Irregularities

Any violation of LSAT test center regulations, including but not limited to those listed below, may result in a warning notice, dismissal from the test center, and/or cancellation of your test score by LSAC. (A cancellation will display on reports sent to law schools.) You may receive an LSAT Violation Notice and your case may be referred for further investigation to the Questioned Score Review Board, the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, or both.

Possible Test Center Violations

  1. Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
  3. Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  4. Removing or attempting to remove test content, including LSAT Writing Sample Topic sheets, from the testing room. (This includes making notes on paper, erasers, or other items and removing them from the testing room. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes test materials and/or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares LSAT test content prior to LSAC’s disclosure of that test.)
  5. Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  6. Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during the break. You may not leave the building or the floor where the test room is located. Test center staff will define the break area.
  7. Leaving the test room or break area without permission.
  8. Reading, working on, marking, erasing, or darkening anything during unauthorized times, either beyond time limits or in the wrong section of the book or answer sheet.
  9. Giving or receiving help, copying, or other forms of cheating.
  10. Failing to follow the directions of test center staff.
  11. Using books, ear plugs, rulers, papers of any kind, or other aids.

Ownership and Rights

You must respect the ownership and intellectual property rights of LSAC in all test items and test materials. Any violation of LSAC’s intellectual property rights could lead to cancellation of your score, a ban preventing you from testing in the future, prosecution in accordance with applicable law, or the pursuit of other remedies by LSAC.


Electronic Devices

LSAC has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to possession of electronic devices. Under no circumstances are test takers permitted to bring an electronic device into the test center. Electronic devices include but are not limited to

  • electronic timers of any kind
  • electronic cigarettes
  • fitness tracking devices
  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
  • cell phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • personal computers
  • calculators
  • photographic or recording devices
  • listening devices
  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

Weapons and Firearms—Immediate Dismissal

Possession of weapons or firearms of any kind by test takers is grounds for immediate dismissal and shall be reported to LSAC for investigation and the score cancelled.

If you are discovered in possession of (or using) any electronic device, including cell phones, or in possession of a weapon or firearm, you will be issued an LSAT Violation Notice and will be dismissed from the test center. Such violations will be grounds for score cancellation, and you may be subject to an LSAC investigation.

This policy will be enforced from the time test takers arrive at the test center until they leave at the conclusion of the test—including the break.

LSAC and test center staff assume no responsibility for personal items. Test supervisors and their staff are advised not to hold such items.

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