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American Bar Association Urges Revamp of the LSAT for Disabled Students

By Catherine Groux
Posted February 15, 2012 08:49 AM

The American Bar Association wants the LSAT to be accessible to all students.
The American Bar Association wants the LSAT to be accessible to all students.
In order to be accepted to law school, most students are required to take the Law School Admission Test, or the LSAT. This standardized exam measures individuals' acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills and is administered in 84 countries around the world, according to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Last year, in the U.S. alone, more than 128,000 LSATs were given.

This popular exam may soon see some changes, however, as the American Bar Association recently joined forces with various advocacy groups to urge the LSAC to improve the way it processes requests for accommodations from disabled students. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the association's House of Delegates approved a resolution that encourages the LSAC to "ensure that the exam reflects what the exam is designed to measure, and not the test taker's disability."

Specifically, the group wants disabled students to be able to clearly find the rules and guidelines for receiving assistance such as auxiliary aids and extra time. Additionally, the association's resolution criticized the LSAC's current practice of "flagging," which involves highlighting the scores of people who received special accommodations due to a disability.

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