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How To Be Ready for Test Day
So, if you’ve been following this space, you have some idea of how to get ready for the LSAT. And if you’ve been savvy and good-looking enough to have enrolled in the Velocity LSAT course, then you are a world-beating monster when it comes to being ready for the LSAT.
But maybe you’re not quite, completely certain that you’re 100% ready for the day of the test, with all its stresses and joys.*
Well, my dahling, that’s why we’ve gathered here today.
Let’s do this:
There are 3 things you have to have in order to take the test
(Take Test →Have These Things
Don’t Have These Things → Can’t Take Test)
Here’s what they are:
1. Your admission ticket. But only the first page! Do not play yourself by bringing pages 2-5 along with you. You’ll have only yourself to blame if you do. You will print up your admission ticket at LSAC.org, and you should NOT print it until the day before the exam—sometimes, they make last-minute changes, and you want to be certain you’re on top of those changes.
Now, on that first page, there should be a passport-sized photo of your smiling face (the smile is for the LSAT victory you’re about to win) if you’ve done things correctly. If your ticket shows instead your bare midriff, or an animal that appears to be a llama, or another animal of any description, or—what is that? a small boat of some sort?—or (and really, I can’t emphasize this enough) anything other than your face, you’ve not done things correctly.
2. Your Driver’s License. Or any other government-issued photo ID (your US passport would be on that list, which we can only suppose will also include your Required Muslim Registry Card or your Required Homosexual Registration or your Required Feminist Registry within the next few years).
3. One million pencils. At my last test, I took a half-dozen. And I used every one of them m-er f-ers. I used one pencil for each Logical Reasoning section, a fresh one for the Reading Comp, and I used two for the Games (the sixth one was for the Experimental section, and I re-used the one with the best tip for the Writing Sample, for those of you keeping score at home). It’s good to have a nice sharp point to work with. If you’re a crazy person, you could also bring along one slightly duller pencil for bubbling. Though I cannot imagine wanting to switch back and forth between pencils while testing, so I can’t in good conscience recommend it.
And that’s it! That’s all that you have to bring if you want to take the test. Nope. That’s a lie. You also must bring:
4. An ability to breathe Earth’s atmosphere. If you cannot breathe on your way to the test center, you won’t make it inside.
5. Clothes. If you arrive nude at your test center, we’re almost completely certain you won’t be allowed to enter. However, we can find no direction specifying that clothes must be worn, so if you want to challenge this entry, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT IT AND INCLUDE (TASTEFULLY BLURRED) PHOTOS.
6. Other stuff, too: ambulatory capabilities (or the correct measures to compensate for any lack of such capabilities); prehensile fingers (or, again, appropriate compensatory measures); an ability to remain silent or at least non-distractingly noisy for a period of several hours; sufficient self-control not to karate chop the mofos around you who (probably) deserve it; etc. My point here is just that there are a lot of necessary things in the world. We tend not to think about them, though.
I didn’t mention this before, but that list of necessary items shall heretofore be known as Part A of this post.
There are 6 things that you should bring, even if you don’t have to bring them:
1. Medicine. Tylenol or Advil for those of you prone to stress headaches. Required prescriptions as applicable. Maybe take one of those Advils preemptively, you know?
2. Feminine hygiene products.
3. Kleenex. You may need to sneeze! You may need to blow your nose! Be ready!
4. Water. Ah, the crisp, refreshing staff of life. Keep it in a small-ish bottle (not more than 20 oz, but we don’t think anyone at the test center will have the means or the will to measure the volume of water you bring in).
5. Snacks. One banana and one granola bar. No substitutions nor deviations from this snack regime shall be accepted.
6. Watch. Nondigital. No beeps. Get one for $5.99 at CVS, where they have watches for old people that have big faces with large numbers. Don’t overthink this part.
Finally, there are some things that you cannot bring with you. This part is super-boring so we just copied it straight from LSAC and present it without comment (except! Firearms? Really? No firearms, like, at all? What about grizzly bears? WHAT THEN?!).
Don’t bring this stuff:
• 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
• photographic or recording devices
• listening devices
• headsets, iPods, or other media players
• books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
• mechanical pencils
• mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves
• ink pens or felt-tip markers
• briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
• hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
• sunglasses may not be worn
• weapons or firearms
And if it’s not your test date yet, and you want to be ready for the whole LSAT in addition to being ready for the day itself, use coupon code: FIREARMS to get a 15% discount off any Velocity Course. This code will be good for a week, or until my next blog post.
Be good to one another,
*There are no joys.