The LSAC recommends that students wishing to register for the LSAT create an LSAT student account and register online through the official LSAC Web site. Through the Web site, students can select a test time, test center, and pay for the exam fees with a credit card through the secure section of the site. Using online registration is recommended because many of the options that commonly need later modification-test time, test location, college codes, score report locations and so on-can be performed online, generally more easily and with greater speed and efficiency than through the phone or mail.
For students who are unwilling or unable to sign up online, LSAC also allows for registration through the mail or by telephone. These methods are very similar to using the online account process, but are more stringent regarding time changes within the testing period; for example, students cannot withdraw or cancel registration during the regular registration period and reregister for that same test during late registration.
For ease and efficiency of processing, however, using online registration is still highly recommended, as the phone system is only available from roughly 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM (7:00 PM in the September-March timeframe) and experiences peak traffic on Mondays (LSAC suggests contacting their offices later in the week to avoid the peak traffic experiences at the beginning of the week). Additionally, online registration is substantially faster because it doesn’t require an application packet to be sent directly to the customer, as both mail and phone registration methods do.
Along with registration for the LSAT, students can select from several options designed to accommodate students who face obstacles in taking the exam. Special options that are available to students include, but are not limited to, fee waivers that cover the fees for two LSATs (taken within a two-year period), four college score reports, and registration with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS); non-Saturday testing for students with religious beliefs that bar them from Saturday testing; taking the exam at a non-published test center for students that cannot travel to a test center listed in the LSAC rolls (through disability or other disadvantage) and are located more than 100 miles from a LSAC-registered center; and accommodations, including extended time periods and alternate testing formats, for students who have professionally diagnosed and documented disabilities. Each of these options is discussed on the LSAC Web site.