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LSAC Contraband: Don’t Bring These Items to the June LSAT

Entering your June LSAT test center next week is going to feel a lot like entering a foreign country. You’re going to have to present them with your LSAT admissions ticket, show them your photo ID, and have your bag searched for contraband.

Here’s the full list of what you can’t bring into the June LSAT test center:

• electronic timers of any kind
• digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches
• cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
• personal computers
• calculators
• photographic or recording devices
• listening devices
• headsets, iPods, or other media players
• books, dictionaries, papers of any kind
• rulers
• mechanical pencils
• ink pens
• briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind
• earplugs
• hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
• weapons or firearms

There are some silly things on this list. If you’re trying to drag a pay phone in to your LSAT test center, then you’re probably a few therapy sessions away from being ready for the LSAT. And if you’re thinking about brining a calculator to your June LSAT, you’re probably better off taking the October LSAT. However, there are some very common objects on this list that will get you in trouble.

Do you have a tiny Swiss army knife on your keychain? Make sure you take it off, and leave it behind. Do you bring your purse or man satchel with you wherever you go? Well, it’s gonna have to stay in the car. Your cell phone, mp3 player, or beeper (in case you’re joining us from the 90s) will also have to stay in your car. Check your pockets for old receipts or candy wrappers, since these are a kind of paper, and so could get you in to trouble with LSAC. Finally, make sure you are not brining a digital watch in to your LSAT test center. If it beeps or it doesn’t have hands, then it’s probably the wrong kind of watch.

This advice may seem excessive, but LSAT proctors can be extremely strict. During last year’s December LSAT a few folks found out just how strict they can be.

So, on June LSAT day play it safe; pretend like you’re trying to get into North Korea, not Canada. And good luck!