Cilence13 wrote:The problem is that the rules are vague.
No cellphones are allowed in the test center. But what is the test center? If the LSAC proctors are collecting cell phones in the building it's reasonable to think the building is not the test center right? But suddenly this year the whole building now counts as the test center?
Further, the signs they put up about cellphones don't reflect the same rules as the rules on their website. The signs just say you can't have a phone during the test or the break. According to that wording it seems fine to turn your phone in (especially considering that that is how they ran things 6 months ago).
It's just what you get when you have a government type entity that does not have to answer to or compete with anyone (think DMV). You get a bunch of stupid rules and people on power trips and an institution that adopts idiotic policies like "no tolerance" because they don't care if they dick around with people's futures.. Because hey, for everyone they kick out of the test, there's another $100 in their pocket.
It's a funny coincidence that the reason I want to do law in the first place is because I would love to stick it to these types of people and institutions.
It sounds like your testing center was breaking the rules 6 months ago. When I took the LSAT years ago, they didn't collect phones at all and it led to a bunch of people stashing cellphones in the bushes all around the building. It's not that the rules have changes, it's that whatever testing center you were at 6 months ago was not following the rules.
Well isn't that half the problem? The lack of uniformity amongst testing centers and proctors? We may very well agree that the proctors at the testing center he was at 6 months ago were not following the rules, but because he was able to submit his cell phone easily the first time it's not unreasonable to think he should be able to again, ESPECIALLY if it's the exact same center.
The bottom line is there's a very fine line between wanting to make sure people don't bring cell phone's into the testing center on one hand and being overzealous on the other hand. They are dealing with people's dreams and future's here, and they're playing awfully fast and loose.
Echoing what another poster in here said, it also brings up major questions about what constitutes a "test center." Is the testing center the entire building that the test is being housed in, even if it's only being housed in one small room in the corner of it? Or is the test center the room itself? Or perhaps the entire floor the rooms on? For example, I took the test at a hotel. I sat in the lobby with my girlfriend playing on my iphone because I got there an hour and a half early. When time came, I handed her the phone and went downstairs to the level it was being held at. I checked in and took the test.
The story the original poster gave seems very similar. And in fact what she did was actually DONE by another member at my testing location and has been done at the time I took it before and other times I've heard that it was taken. People stash phones in bushes (behind rocks at one place I took it) in corners of rooms, etc. Hell, the administrators/proctors at my center said that if you have a phone you can leave it on the table in the back (outside of the room, mind you...no phones allowed in there, of course) at your own risk.
This lack of uniformity is dangerous, especially when peoples dream's and future's hang in the balance.