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What Can You Bring To The LSAT?

June 7, 2023


Reviewed by:

David Merson

Former Head of Pre-Law Office, Northeastern University, & Admissions Officer, Brown University

Reviewed: 01/16/23

If you’re nearing your LSAT test date and have questions about what you can bring to your test, read on to find your answers!

With the stress of acing the LSAT and answering as many questions as you can in such a limited amount of time, the thought of what you should pack with you for the LSAT might slip your mind! 

While the LSAT is in no way a holiday, there are definitely certain items you’ll want to bring with you to ensure your LSAT journey is as smooth as possible. This guide will go over everything you should, can, and can’t bring to the LSAT!

What You Should Bring to the LSAT

What to bring to the LSAT

While the LSAT will be administered online in the comfort of your own home till June of 2023, you won’t be able to get up to grab anything once you begin your test. So, to ensure you’re prepared for your test, here are the top five items to bring to your LSAT:


Writing the LSAT is tiring work! With the amount of stress you’ll be under and the amount of brain power you’ll be using to write the exam, you’ll likely need to refresh yourself during the exam. You also don’t want to risk getting thirsty during the test because chances are you’ll fixate on it, and it may distract you!

Valid ID

You’ll have to identify yourself before you begin your exam. Ensure your ID is up-to-date and not expired. 

Scrap Paper

When you get to the analytical reasoning section, in particular, doing them in your head will be extremely difficult. You likely practiced these questions using scrap paper, so it’s best you try to mimic your practice sessions as closely as possible to achieve a similar LSAT score!

 LSAC allows students to bring five sheets of scrap paper into their testing room. 

Comfortable Clothes

Ensure you wear comfortable clothes when you write your LSAT! Again, people tend to fixate on discomforts in stressful situations, so you don’t want to wish you were wearing different clothes halfway through your exam. 

While you’ll undoubtedly feel uncomfortable writing the proctored exam regardless, your clothing comfort is something you can control!

Stress Management Methods

These aren’t tangible items you can bring to the exam, but it’s important to go over some stress-management methods before writing the LSAT! Whether it be taking deep breaths or closing your eyes for a quick second, figure out what you can do to persevere when you get to tough LSAT questions or feel like you’re running out of time!

What You Can Bring to the LSAT

We’ve gone over what we believe you should bring to the LSAT, but if you’d like to bring more items, here is a comprehensive list of LSAC-approved items you can have with you during test day:

  • Five blank pieces of scrap paper (lined, unlined, graphed)
  • Valid ID
  • One or more writing utensils (standard pencil, mechanical pencil, or ink pen)
  • A highlighter
  • An eraser (non-mechanical and without a sleeve)
  • Tissues - hopefully not for any tears
  • Soft, non-electronic, non-corded/branded foam earplugs
  • Beverages in plastic containers or juice boxes (up to 20 oz, no aluminum cans)

You don’t have to bring all of these items with you during your test (except your ID). Go through this list and assess which items will make your LSAT writing experience easier.

What NOT To Bring to the LSAT

What not to bring to the LSAT

While we’ve mentioned what to bring to the LSAT, it’s equally important to mention what not to bring to the LSAT:

  • More than one cell phone: you can have one cell phone with you, but it must be turned off and put away before the test begins 
  • Timers 
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Digital watches, calculator watches, smartwatches, or chronograph watches
  • Beepers or pagers
  • Calculators
  • Cameras or other recording devices
  • Listening devices: headphones, air pods, headsets, iPods, or other media players
  • Tablets, laptops, or other devices not being used to take the test
  • Tinted sunglasses or glasses
  • Hats or hoods: only religious apparel is allowed

If you have large, unmovable electronic devices in your room, like a TV, they must be powered off before your test.

Your proctor will scan around your room before your test. If any of the above prohibited items are seen, you will not be able to begin your test, which may delay you or cause you to be flagged for violating the LSAT agreement.

FAQs: What To Bring to the LSAT

We’ve answered the general question, “what can you bring to the LSAT?” but you may have other questions we haven’t answered yet. In case you do, here are frequently asked questions about what to bring to your LSAT!

1. Can You Bring a Snack to the LSAT?

If you’d like to have a snack during your LSAT, you’ll have to wait till your break to have one.

2. Can You Bring a Pen Into an LSAT?

Yes, you can bring writing utensils, like a pen, into the LSAT!

3. Can You Bring a Calculator Into the LSAT?

No, calculators or prohibited and frankly useless for the LSAT! Your math skills won’t be tested; only your reasoning skills will be.

4. Can You Bring Scratch Paper to the LSAT?

Yes, you can bring up to five pieces of blank scrap paper to your LSAT.

5. Can I Bring a Watch to My LSAT?

You can only wear an analog watch that does not have a start or stop function or any form of timer.

6. Can I Wear Headphones During My LSAT?

No, you can only wear non-branded and non-electronic earplugs during the exam.

Final Thoughts

After going over what you can and can’t bring to the LSAT, you hopefully have a better idea of how to be better prepared for test day! Having the listed items can help you have a more hassle-free LSAT experience!

Good luck!

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