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Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:31 am
by RTFM
Hey all, I've been lurking around these forums forever and I've gotten lots of great advice, so thanks!

Anyway, I registered for the LSAT over a month ago at my preferred testing site. The site was still open and everything seemed good. Then my test got switched to a community college, and now it has been switched to a hotel. Someone mentioned another thread that tests administered at hotels are awful. Can anyone comment from personal experience on this? There isn't really anything I can do about it now, but I'd like to be prepared.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:39 am
by bk1
I can't really attest to taking a test in a hotel, but you will probably be in some sort of small convention hall and from the ones I have seen their walls are paper thin and I doubt anything is going to prevent noise from outside foot traffic.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:45 am
by Knock
I found out that i'm going to be taking mine in a big lecture hall :| . It made me kind of nervous, but I went to change it and there were no open options for my area. So it's either drive a huge distance away from where I live (200+ miles I think), during my finals week, or take it at the center I signed up for (60+ miles away) in a huge lecture hall. I guess i'm going to take it in the lecture hall and hope for the best, but it still makes me nervous :| .

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:08 am
by dspit
I took it at a hotel in a huge ball room kind of thing. Chairs sucked but other than it was what I expected……….. A long test and the sound of some people dry heaving :lol:

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:28 am
by GordonBombay
Sounds normal to me. Same for the SAT

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:11 am
by tikiman6
In response to lecture hall, I took it in one, it was absolutely fine.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:32 pm
by RTFM
Thanks for the responses!

And Knockgock, you probably just need to be prepared for tiny desks (unfortunately). If it's in a college lecture hall, it should be fairly quiet at least!

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:07 pm
by hellojd
how do you guys know what kind of test center you have and if it changed? do they send you an e-mail?

I wonder if mine is still at GA state...

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:23 pm
by Knock
hellojd wrote:how do you guys know what kind of test center you have and if it changed? do they send you an e-mail?

I wonder if mine is still at GA state...


Check your LSAT ticket on LSAC's website. It listed my test site and then I googled the building name and room number.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:27 pm
by Dr. Strangelove
I'm taking my LSAT at a hotel too. I hope it goes alright.. I'm pretty good at concentrating in various environments.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:19 pm
by jpSartre
Knockglock wrote:I found out that i'm going to be taking mine in a big lecture hall :| . It made me kind of nervous, but I went to change it and there were no open options for my area. So it's either drive a huge distance away from where I live (200+ miles I think), during my finals week, or take it at the center I signed up for (60+ miles away) in a huge lecture hall. I guess i'm going to take it in the lecture hall and hope for the best, but it still makes me nervous :| .


I just found out I'm in a lecture hall too. I think it might be a good thing, annoying noises might fade more in the background. And its in a basement, and I think that's a good atmosphere for me

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:23 pm
by sumus romani
Don't worry about the hotel as such. If you are close, go check it out, and see if there is something wrong with it. I was luck enough to take it in a great room, but the person next to me started :cry: twice during the test. You just have to be prepared for this sort of distraction and do your prep accordingly.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:27 pm
by OneKnight
This is merely an anecdote, but I had a terrible experience at the New York Marriott Downtown - the staff was completely incompetent (accidentally turned off the lights mid-test, among other foibles). I don't think this was necessarily because it was at a hotel, but, suffice it to say, I wouldn't recommend taking it there. On my retake I took it at a small college outside the city and I really think the natural light helped me.

Re: Taking the LSAT at a hotel

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:35 pm
by nahgems
I took the LSAT twice. The first time was at a hotel, and the second was at a university. At the hotel they had these great giant tables (similar to those in science labs) and they put one person at each end of each table. It was great. I could spread my stuff out and I had no noise issues. The second time I took it was at a University. I was in this lecture hall with those chairs that have the TINY fold out desktops. The desktop was smaller than the LSAT booklet and there was no way I was going to be able to effectively use scrap paper. I think it really depends on *which* hotel and *which* college/university you are at.