Accommodated Test-Taker Trends and Performance for the June 2002 through February 2007 LSAT Administrations (TR-08-02)
by Andrea E. Thornton, Laura A. Marcus, and Lynda M. Reese
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) provides accommodated testing conditions for each administration of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for those test takers with documented disabilities who are unable to take the test under standard testing conditions. The accommodations granted are tailored to the needs of the individual test taker. This report describes trends with regard to accommodated testing for the LSAT and summarizes the performance of accommodated LSAT takers for the 2002–2003 through 2006–2007 LSAT testing years. Specifically, the most recent data with regard to the number and type of LSAT accommodations being requested and granted, as well as the distribution of accommodation requests across the various disability classifications represented, are summarized. In addition, the composition of the sample of accommodated test takers is described with regard to gender, race/ethnicity, and age, and where appropriate, compared to the standard LSAT-taking population. The LSAT performance of accommodated test takers is also summarized and compared to the standard test-taking population. Finally, the performance of repeat accommodated test takers is summarized and discussed. In some analyses, accommodated test takers are categorized with regard to testing time—those who tested with extra testing time (Accommodated/Extra Time) are considered separately from those who tested with accommodations that did not include extra testing time (Accommodated/Standard Time).
Some of the most relevant trends observed with regard to accommodated LSAT takers for the 2002–2003 through 2006–2007 testing years are summarized below.
Trends With Regard to the Request and Approval of LSAT Accommodations
Note that the trends presented in this report are purely descriptive in nature. While trends with regard to the accommodated test-taking population have been described and compared to the standard test-taking population, the explanation of the underlying causes of any differences observed is beyond the scope of this report. More specifically, those included in the sample of accommodated test takers being analyzed are, in several respects, self-selected. These test takers chose to take the LSAT and to apply for accommodated testing conditions, and then, further, self-reported their group membership with regard to such factors as gender, race/ethnicity, and age.