- Jan 13, 2021
- General LSAT Advice
If you’ve never taken the LSAT before, you wouldn’t believe just how much of an adventure it was. The night before you picked out the items you were going to bring into the exam room and put them in a clear plastic sandwich bag. You printed out your admissions ticket and tried to work out how you were going to get to the test center. If you were driving, you knew you could leave your phone in the car; if you were Ubering or getting dropped off, you agonized over how you were going to get home since cell phones were prohibited in the exam room. All that’s changed since the COVID pandemic turned the LSAT into the at-home LSAT-Flex.
Now, students have a new set of pre-test actions to take aside from prepping for the LSAT. The LSAT-Flex is administered using ProctorU, a well-known online proctoring service used in various other remote exams. Test takers login at the time of their exam and take their test using ProctorU’s software. Although ProctorU will likely work with your computer, we highly recommend checking to confirm it does a few days before your LSAT. The checklist below will help make your LSAT test day run as smoothly as possible.
Technical ProctorU Requirements for the LSAT-Flex
Make sure you are connected to the internet before taking the exam. A Wi-Fi connection is fine, but a wired connection is recommended.
Internet Download Speed:
1 Mbps is accepted but 12 Mbps is recommended.
Internet Upload Speed:
1-3 Mbps is accepted.Check your internet download and upload speed here or do a quick Google search!
– PC: Windows 8 is fine, but Windows 10 is recommended. However, Windows 10 S mode is not supported.
– Mac: MacOS 10.13 is fine but MacOS 10.15 is recommended. MacOS X Catalina and Big Sur Users: You might have to manually enable screen recordings. Here’s how.
– Chromebook Users: Live proctoring is not supported.
Make sure you have a 2 core CPU with less than 85% CPU Usage. More than 4 core CPU with less than 50% CPU Usage is recommended. Get help on finding your CPU specs here.
4 GB with less than 90% Ram usage is fine. 16 GB with less than 70% usage is recommended.
You will be recorded, so make sure you have a built-in or external webcam with a microphone. Most desktops and laptops have them. ProctorU requires a webcam with a 640×480 resolution but recommends a 1280×720 resolution.
Only Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are supported.
Download it here.
LSAT-Flex Room Requirements
LSAC and ProctorU have some guidelines for the environment you take the test in, as well as what is allowed and not allowed during the LSAT-Flex.
– Make sure you have your ProctorU username and password, as well as your LawHub (i.e. LSAC) username and password.
– Have a government-issued I.D. ready on test day.
– Your testing place should be a private and quiet well-lit room. People and pets shouldn’t be coming in and out of the room while you are testing.
– You need to work on a hard work surface large enough to fit five blank sheets of scratch paper, at least one pen/pencil, a highlighter, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, tissues, and a drink in a plastic container or juice box no larger than 20 oz. Nothing else is allowed on the table.
– You are allowed 1 cell phone but it must be turned off and put away as instructed by your proctor.
– You are allowed a pair of non-branded, wireless foam earplugs.
– You can’t have any other electronic device not being used to take the LSAT-Flex.
– Your entire face must be visible during the exam, so make sure you take off all hoodies, sunglasses, and face masks.
We recommend you set up your room and check your computer to make sure it meets the ProctorU requirements before your official LSAT test date. You can also run a test by logging into your ProctorU account.
“I have nowhere to take the LSAT-Flex.”
It goes without saying that you should take the LSAT-Flex in a room that’s quiet and free from distractions. However, we know that’s not always possible. Try to find the best space you can take it but if you really can’t take it at home (due to noisy roommates or a big family), LSAC is granting hotel vouchers for students to take the exam in a local hotel room. However, you’ll need to submit a form via your LSAC account by your LSAT date’s Assistance Request deadline.
“I don’t have the right equipment to take the LSAT-Flex.”
Don’t let that stop you! LSAC will help test takers find loaner devices or other solutions. However, you’ll need to fill out the same form we just talked about by your LSAT date’s Assistance Request deadline.
“What if people or my pet accidentally walk into the room while I’m testing?”
If your pet mozzies on into the room because they can’t bear to stay away from you, you’ll be fine. You won’t have to stop testing. If a person walks in, you need to tell them to get out ASAP. You may continue testing once the person leaves the room, at your proctor’s discretion. Your testing session might be flagged for further review. However, you won’t be penalized if the interaction is brief and it is evident that no information about the test was communicated. Maybe put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.
“What if I lose internet connection during the LSAT-Flex?”
In most cases, the proctoring system will save your progress and you’ll be able to pick up where you left off after your connection is restored. Even so, if you lose connection more than once, your proctor will decide whether to allow you to resume your testing session multiple times. If you are unable to restore your connection during your scheduled testing window, your testing session will be terminated and you will be rescheduled.
We hope this information helps you get ready for the technical aspect of the LSAT-Flex! If you still need some help with LSAT content, we got you covered. Download free Blueprint LSAT flashcards for some excellent active learning practice before your test date!
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