Where to take the LSAT-Flex?

Due to important safety guidelines related to COVID-19, space availability on campus for study and coursework is more limited than prior semesters. Planning ahead and identifying an appropriate place to sit for the exam will be a critical part of your LSAT-Flex prep process this fall.  Please keep in mind that any space that you identify will need to adhere to very specific criteria provided by LSAC.  The good news!  We are here to help and have compiled information and resources below aimed to assist in your planning for the August and October LSAT -Flex administrations!

General LSAT-Flex Parameters:

    •  The LSAT-Flex is comprised of three, 35-minute sections. We recommend planning a 3-hour window to take your exam (allowing for approximately 30 minutes before and after).
    • The exam is online and will be proctored remotely.
    • You will need a computer or laptop with webcam.
        • October Examinees: If you do not have access to required equipment (Windows/Mac computer or laptop with a webcam), please reach out to LSAC via online form found in your LSAC account BEFORE September 13, 2020 at 11:59 EST (10:59 CST). LSAC will work with you to try and provide a loaner device for the exam.
    • There are NO breaks during the exam.
    • You are the only person permitted in the room during the exam.

Please carefully review the LSAC website for a full list of testing requirements and information.

Selecting a location to take the exam…

You will be the only individual permitted in the room during your exam therefore you will need to identify a private location to take the exam. LSAC also requires a flat, hard surface to take the exam on (table, desk, etc.) and has provided a detailed list of materials that you are allowed to have on your desk during the exam.  Before beginning the exam, you will be required to show the proctor a 360° view of the room via your webcam.  Be sure to carefully confirm that your test space meets the LSAC guidelines and that all prohibited items have been removed from your desk.

Additional things to consider:
    • Reliable Internet Connection/Technical difficulties: Very few individuals have experienced technical issues during the prior LSAT-Flex administrations, however, it is very important that you ensure your test space has a good, reliable internet connection. Should you experience difficulties during the exam, LSAC has provided procedures for individuals to work-through connection or technical issues and then resume the exam. In situations of repeated or prolonged issues, the proctor will have discretion. Please visit the LSAC website and carefully review details regarding exam day issues.
    • Noise:  Is the space relatively quiet?  Can you control the level of noise in the room? Is the noise level different at different times of day? Only soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded, generic foam ear plugs will be allowed during the exam.   Earplugs must be shown and approved by the proctor on the test date.  Be sure the noise level is conducive to your ability to concentrate on your exam and to be responsive to instructions from the proctor.
        • Pets (it happens): Pets are permitted to enter the exam room during the exam, however, even the most well-trained pet can display unexpected behavior. Once the test begins,  you cannot move out of the view of the camera to address a pet issue if it should arise. We love pets too, BUT… avoid unnecessary issues or distractions by planning to remove pets from your testing space in advance (the goldfish can stay).
    • Interruptions /Individuals Accidentally Entering the Room: You will be the only individual permited in the room during your exam. If someone enters the room, you must ask them to leave immediately. The proctor has the discretion to determine if the exam may continue after the interruption.
        • TIP: Consider creating a “Do Not Disturb/LSAT Exam in Progress” sign to post on your door during the exam.
    • Room Set-up: Plan ahead and physically arrange the testing space to fit your needs before the exam. Be sure that anything you need is within reaching distance on your desktop. Once the exam starts, you cannot move around or move out of view of the webcam.
    • Trial-Run: Make sure you are comfortable with the test space you have created and are comfortable with all of your materials fitting on your desk surface. Create a zoom call with a friend or family member to “test” your exam day experience.
        • Tip: Be sure to plan your trial-run at the same time of day that you have scheduled your exam!
    • Accessibility/Location: Where is the test space located?  Is it fully accessible to you?  Is there parking available, can you park for up to 3 hours?  Be sure to plan for travel time to your test location taking into account possible delays or unexpected issues.

Possible locations for your test space…

  • There are a variety of locations that could potentially serve as test space for your exam.  Below are a few common locations to consider.
Your Campus Residence:  

Your campus residence can be a great space to take the exam as you likely already use this space for your academic work and may have an ideal set-up in your bedroom or designated office.  When deciding if your campus residence is the right place for your exam be sure to consider the following…

      • Roommates:
          • Will you have the residence to yourself? If not, identify potential issues (ex: loud video games/tv in common areas during the exam time).
          • Be proactive – approach roommates at least 1-2 weeks prior to the exam and arrange an agreement for the time of your exam (plan for a 3-hour block to give plenty of time).
          • Be sure your roommates are aware of the potential consequences if your exam is interrupted or flagged for further review by the proctor due to disruptions.
          • If your roommates are unable or unwilling to make an agreement with you about potential concerns, consider another space.
          • Tip: Be sure to remind roommates 1-2 days prior to your exam.
      • Neighbors:
          • If you know your neighbors, or know they have a tendency to make noise, reach out to them 5-7 days in advance to make them aware of your situation.
          • Let them know your plans and request that they try to keep the noise level low during the exam time.
          • Though it won’t guarantee a completely silent exam environment, it could definitely help!
      • Internet Connection:
          • Test your internet connection beforehand to ensure you have a secure and strong connection.
          • Tip: If you are aware that your test space internet is spotty or unreliable, try using an Ethernet cable or WiFi booster. If your internet is not reliable, consider taking the exam somewhere else.
      • Be Creative – is there a space within a space?
          • Consider common rooms or study space provided by your apartment complex, residence hall, or fraternity/sorority house.
          • Be sure to consider privacy, availability (you need at least 2 hours, 3 preferably), and internet reliability – test it out in advance.
          • Tip: Does your building  have vacant offices you might be able to use? Reach out to management, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Libraries:
    • Champaign Public Library: Beginning Monday, August 24, individuals may reserve study rooms at the Champaign Public Library, NO library card is required. Rooms may be reserved for 2 hours exactly.  Please call the library to make a reservation (217) 403-2000.  The Champaign Public Library is located at 200 W. Green St, library hours are: Mon-Thu 9-9 | Fri-Sat 9-6 | Sun 12-6. 
    • Campus Libraries: Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, campus libraries are currently unavailable for space reservations. We will continue to monitor any changes to space availability through campus libraries and provide updates if space becomes available.
Hotel Rooms:

Hotel rooms could also provide a suitable location for your exam and there are many options available in the Champaign-Urbana area. Be sure to confirm the internet access in advance. For hotel and motel options in Champaign, please visit https://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/.

Additional Resources:

August LSAT-Flex: If you have been unable to secure a location for your LSAT-Flex exam, please email the Pre-Law Advising Services office at ccaas-prelaw@illinois.edu subject line “Test Room” by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 26.  A member of the PLAS office will be in touch with you to provide further information and guidance.

October LSAT-Flex Resources:

    • LSAC will be offering resources and support for students who have equipment needs and/or are unable to identify an appropriate test space for LSAT-Flex administrations. If you will need support or assistance for the October LSAT-Flex, you must contact LSAC via online form located in your LSAC account before Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11:59 EST (10:59 CST).
    • Pre-Law Advising Services is currently working on securing on campus test space options for the October LSAT-Flex administration. Rooms will be available on a need-based, first come, first served basis. Please stay tuned for additional details in the upcoming weeks!
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