Wednesday, November 04, 2009

LSAT Accommodations & LSAT accommodation denials

Well all the accommodation assessments for this deadline are finished and have been sent out.  I still have people on  emailing me about helping them even though the deadline has passed for the LSAT accommodation for this time around. And as usual, up to the day before the test I had people pleading to do their assessment and offering to double my fees to complete it. There is just no way to get it done in such as short period of time and waiting for the last minute is really not the best way to go about it since you will probably leave out some key piece of evidence that could put you in a "denied LSAT accommodation" situation that you definitely do not want to be in.  But, if you are one of those people who sent in "incomplete" petitions or were denied because the information you sent in was "inadequate" or were denied for any other number of reasons...try taking the test under regular conditions and compare it to the Full Scale IQ percentile rank from the WAIS-IV you sent in.  Is there really a big difference? If not, than you probably didn't have a good case going in. If you are asking yourself "what is the WAIS-IV" than you probably didn't have the right evidence inthe first place.  There is a reason half of the people I assess fly in from out of state and it isn't because you can't find someone to test for a learning disability or ADHD, its because very few professionals prepare the report to Americans with Disability Act standards.  If you've already spent two or three thousand dollars in test documentation and got denied, there is still a chance 12 months later to be reassessed and apply again...assuming you do have a DSM-IV TR diagnosis and a symptom paper trail from grade school, high school and/or college, your scores show significant impact on the accommodations requested and you have independent evidence of it affecting you, more than the average person in several different environmental areas of your life at present.  It helps to have a professional has prepared for the LSAT accommodations hundreds of times before, using ADA standards and not just a clinicians who has been testing for ADHD or learning disorders.  Be prepared, ask for organization checklists,  take the time to get your transcripts and old report cards. Find your old doctor's notes, your job performance reviews etc. Anticipate this as a major project.  You are not beeing screened in for accommodations, you are actually being screened out!