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Can You Use Scratch Paper on the LSAT? Tips and Restrictions for Test-Takers

Updated: Feb 22

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test used by law schools to evaluate the critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills of prospective students. If you're planning to take the LSAT, you might be wondering if you can use scratch paper during the test. In this blog, we'll explore the answer to that question and provide some useful tips for LSAT test-takers.


Can You Use Scratch Paper on the LSAT?

The short answer is yes, you can use up to five pieces of scratch paper on the LSAT. Here is a list of other items you are allowed to bring on test day:

  • Five blank sheets of paper (lined, unlined or graphed)

  • A valid government-issued ID

  • Writing utensils

  • Highlighter

  • An eraser (no mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves)

  • A pencil sharpener

  • Tissues

  • Soft, non-electronic, non-corded/banded foam ear plugs

  • Drink in a plastic container or juice box, not to exceed 20 oz/591 ml. No aluminum cans allowed

Tips for Using Scratch Paper on the LSAT

Now that you know scratch paper is allowed, here are some tips to help you make the most of it:

  1. Use your scratch paper strategically. Don't waste time writing down every detail of a reading passage or game scenario. Instead, use your scratch paper to jot down key facts, make diagrams, or work out logic games.

  2. Practice using scratch paper before the test. Take some practice tests and get comfortable using the scratch paper provided by the LSAT. This will help you feel more confident and prepared on test day. Also, practice to figure out what type of scratch paper works best for you and attempt different diagramming techniques to be as space efficient as possible. Some people diagram too big, which leads to them running out of space.

Keep in mind the requirements for scratch paper use can depend on accommodations you receive.

In short, yes, you can use scratch paper on the LSAT but you are limited in how many sheets you can use, so it is important to use paper strategically.

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