LSAT Accommodations, Part 3: The Facts

    The four parts of this series are:

    Now that we’ve discussed the accommodations available and the process for gaining those accommodations, let’s look at some of the facts surrounding the accommodation process. Facts reported and statements made here are based on LSAT Technical Reports, primarily this one. Let’s present the info in a series of questions and answers:

    Q: How many people apply for LSAT accommodations?

    A: Each year, between 1800 and 2500 people seek LSAT accommodations. In 2011-2012, for example, 1827 people requested accommodations. 

    Q: How many people are granted accommodations?

    A: Each year, about 1125 requests are granted. In other words, about 48-55% of the requests made each year are granted. Stop and think about that for a moment: if you go through the process of requesting accommodations (which is lengthy), you have roughly a 50% chance on receiving those accommodations. 

    Q: What disabilities most frequently result in successful LSAT accommodations request?

    A: The Learning Disorder classification results in the most approved accommodations (about 1/3 of all approved requests), with ADHD and Visual disabilities trailing behind (around 15% each).

    Q: What LSAT accommodation is most frequently given?

    A: Extra LSAT testing time is the most frequently granted accommodation, with extra rest time (break between sections) being the second most commonly granted request. Taking the LSAT on the computer is the third most frequently granted request.

    Q: How much extra time is being given?

    A: Time-and-a-half is the most frequently granted timing accommodation, with over 50% of the approvals being in this category. Less than time and half is next, while double time is third, being granted in only about 10% of cases.

    Q: Can I get more than double time to take the LSAT?

    A: No. That accommodation has not been granted in the last five years.

    Q: Does the extra time help?

    A: It seems to help quite a bit. First, from observations, the extra time allows students to fully complete each section. Second, according to LSAC, test takers “who switched from standard to Accommodated/Extra Time testing conditions exhibited very high score gains on average.” Those score gains for this study were 7.57 points.

    So, now you know a bit more about the accommodation granted, the process, and the some of the facts surrounding the process. In the next part of our series, we’ll discuss some of the controversies that have swirled around LSAC as they administer this program.