Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

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Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby TLSocrates » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:26 am

Probably another stupid question, but since everyone complains about testing noises and distractions while taking the LSAT, has anyone considered bringing ear plugs? Are they prohibited? Has anyone done this on the real LSAT?

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby arnie162 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:29 am

hey. they're prohibited. it makes sense, when you think about it; if someone's wearing ear plugs and can't hear the STOP at the end of the section, they may get slightly more time than someone else.

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Postby prelaw76 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:46 pm

Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.

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Postby Harry Ballsogna » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:55 pm

prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.



Good post. This is exactly why I do a majority of my studying in Panera, or Starbucks. If you can tune distractions out at these two places, the controlled setting of the LSAT should offer no problems. I take all of my practice tests in the public library, because I think that is the closest thing I can do to replicate testing conditions. Public libraries are quiet for the most part, but there are still enough rude/clueless people that talk and do annoying things to offer minor distractions.

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Postby joonbug » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:03 pm

I don't know if it's just me but the opposite is also true. If you are used to a noisy environment, a totally silent, distract-free environment will unnerve you.

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Postby TLSocrates » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:14 pm

Thanks to you all for the great advice.

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Postby tellmebaby2 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:57 pm

joonbug wrote:I don't know if it's just me but the opposite is also true. If you are used to a noisy environment, a totally silent, distract-free environment will unnerve you.


That is a good point actually. Test distractions are not a constant thing like you would encounter in a busy starbucks or cafeteria. They are more sporadic. Like 30 seconds of silence, then a distraction, etc.

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Postby yolanda32 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:03 pm

prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.


Thanks for the information. I hate studying at Panera... all that damn fake jazz music, not even close to the real thing!

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby Robert398 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:27 pm

prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.



Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing

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Postby doinmybest » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:48 am

Why are ear plugs banned? Because they may help your score go up... thats why haha

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby janpower » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:14 am

Robert398 wrote:
prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.
Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing



Someone could be feeding you the answers. Ever think of that?

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby yolanda32 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:49 pm

janpower wrote:
Robert398 wrote:
prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.
Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing



Someone could be feeding you the answers. Ever think of that?


That is highly unlikely since they would have to have a copy of the test... how would they get it, and how would they ensure it matches the test of the cheater?

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby janpower » Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:42 am

yolanda32 wrote:
janpower wrote:
Robert398 wrote:
prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.
Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing



Someone could be feeding you the answers. Ever think of that?


That is highly unlikely since they would have to have a copy of the test... how would they get it, and how would they ensure it matches the test of the cheater?


Maybe someone giving the test could be feeding a test taker the answers. Although, that wouldn't make any sense. You're right.

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby Lyov Myshkin » Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:18 am

here's a thought: they could have a camera in the glasses, and read the questions simultaneously.

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby thecaseman805 » Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:37 am

Camera glasses that can wirelessly transmit photos + radio earpeace + a team of people helping you with LSAT problems = Extremely unlikely

Unless James Bond had to get into YLS

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby marieriesberg » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:09 pm

thecaseman805 wrote:Camera glasses that can wirelessly transmit photos + radio earpeace + a team of people helping you with LSAT problems = Extremely unlikely

Unless James Bond had to get into YLS


Or Angelina Jolie. :D

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby thedogship » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:21 pm

I just punctured my ear drums before the test. Problem solved. Go hard or go home. Made 1L class difficult though - thank goodness for Glannon E&E.

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Postby Harvey Dent » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:18 pm

I was worried that the noise would be a big problem (I would have loved to use earplugs), but on the big day the adrenaline kicked in and the page flipping and pencil scratching wasn't too much of a hindrance. Still, when I took the test I sat next to this girl who scribbled furiously while diagramming her logic games and it was a little distracting.

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Postby Lyov Myshkin » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:36 pm

musician's earplugs are the best.

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby monkeywrench » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:09 pm

thedogship wrote:I just punctured my ear drums before the test


I'm thinking of growing my hair long and shoving them in the ole ear holes

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby Carnodel » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:08 am

janpower wrote:
yolanda32 wrote:
Robert398 wrote:
prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.
Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing



That is highly unlikely since they would have to have a copy of the test... how would they get it, and how would they ensure it matches the test of the cheater?


Maybe someone giving the test could be feeding a test taker the answers. Although, that wouldn't make any sense. You're right.


makes perfect sense to me

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby marieriesberg » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:55 pm

Carnodel wrote:
janpower wrote:
Robert398 wrote:
prelaw76 wrote:Ear plugs are a big no no.

Just train yourself to become desensitized to distractions by practicing with them. Get a group of friends together to take practice tests, practice in a public setting (starbucks perhaps), or use the LSAT Proctor DVD (http://www.lsatproctor.com)

I think one of the most important things is to not become mad at the person who is making the distracting noises. Once you become mad, your cortisol levels will increase higher than they already are (due to the stress of the LSAT), and your performance will be affected. Instead you need to become so comfortable with them during your practice tests that ignoring them will be very easy and your focus will not be broken.

For those of you wondering, google "cortisol" and read. There is a lot of interesting information out there.
Definitely!! Great advice. Stress actually interferes with logical processing



Maybe someone giving the test could be feeding a test taker the answers. Although, that wouldn't make any sense. You're right.


makes perfect sense to me


So I was right in the first place, yay!

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby RRoss » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:12 am

monkeywrench wrote:
thedogship wrote:I just punctured my ear drums before the test


I'm thinking of growing my hair long and shoving them in the ole ear holes


That may be a good idea actually.

Also, I never punctured my ear drum, but I just recently had a really bad ear infection that caused that part of the ear, which has a thin layer of skin or whatever between it and the inner ear to help protect mucus from getting out and bacteria and dirt from getting in, to break open.

Yeah, it was pretty painful, and my hearing out of that ear is slightly muffled now, so maybe one positive is that it may help me on the test not hear annoying people around me on the right side. Although, I think it will be more of a distraction itself if it still hurts by then, which God, I hope it doesn't still.

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby tellmebaby2 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:07 am

RRoss wrote:
monkeywrench wrote:
thedogship wrote:I just punctured my ear drums before the test


I'm thinking of growing my hair long and shoving them in the ole ear holes


That may be a good idea actually.

Also, I never punctured my ear drum, but I just recently had a really bad ear infection that caused that part of the ear, which has a thin layer of skin or whatever between it and the inner ear to help protect mucus from getting out and bacteria and dirt from getting in, to break open.

Yeah, it was pretty painful, and my hearing out of that ear is slightly muffled now, so maybe one positive is that it may help me on the test not hear annoying people around me on the right side. Although, I think it will be more of a distraction itself if it still hurts by then, which God, I hope it doesn't still.


I stopped reading at the word "mucus."

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Re: Wearing EAR PLUGS during the LSAT?

Postby helpmeplz91 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:50 pm

Wearing earplugs seems a bit excessive eh?




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