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  1. ACCEPTED TO ALBERTA 2018

    It is at the end of the acceptance email.
  2. ACCEPTED TO ALBERTA 2018

    No. The only action required is to decide on the Dean's Welcome and lots of time to do it. No other response required.
  3. I am surprised that UVic asks that question. However, I personally would feel pretty confident in leaving the answer blank. As someone who received accommodation on the LSAT I know that I would not answer the question on an application. Easy answer. Every university has a human rights office. Ask them for clarification on the question on the form. They are usually quite helpful.
  4. ACCEPTED TO ALBERTA 2018

    Accepted this morning. 3.93 on a 4.0 scale 159 LSAT
  5. Rejected From Calgary 2018

    It only averages your performance in a specific set of courses at a specific time and at a specific place. Nothing more.
  6. Rejected From Calgary 2018

    I think you also mentioned that you were leaning towards U of A anyway so it works out.
  7. Overall, I agree. Extra time screws up a speed test and the LSAT is a speed test. However, I do not believe the LSAT ever had a blanket provision of extra time. It certainly does not today. The accommodation requirements put in place are not for persons who are nervous test takers. I am sure there are people who receive extra time but don't need it but I believe them to be a minority. Granted, when it happens it is unfair to test takers who do not receive accommodations. On the other side, I will say that even with accommodations, I believe the test is skewed in favour of sighted test takers.
  8. Thank you. My hope is to provide a general outline for those interested in exploring accommodated testing but also dispel two of the myths I had heard in the past. The biggest myths I had heard were that accommodations were near impossible to a get and I also heard that they were given out like candy. The answer is somewhere in the middle. Though, I believe I had an easier time getting accommodations because medical documentation was easy to get and more definitive than many other cases.
  9. Crypto Currency and Law

    Criminal?
  10. I figured I would write a short description of the accommodated test. My experience is not necessarily going to be the same as any other experience. Accommodations are based upon individual issues, documentation and the discretion of the LSAC.. Requesting Accommodation Requesting accommodation can be daunting. Some of the information requested is US specific and has no Canadian equivalent. Unfortunately, emailing LSAC is not particularly useful for me. I was told to provide any and all information that may be relevant to proving the need for accommodation. Here are the things that I believe that they want to see based upon my research: 1. Documentation of previous academic accommodation 2. Medical documentation of disability. Preferably documentation that shows that it has been an issue for a number of years. Of course, this depends on the disability. 3. Documentation that suggests the accommodations requested have been provided in the past and/or professional support for their use. There may be more or less depending upon the situation. I am legally blind so I think I had an easier time in some ways for this step. Medical documentation was pretty easy. I included old medical reports that I happened to have as well. I also included a letter from accessibility services at my university. It identified how long I had received the accommodations for and what specific accommodations I received. Specific Accommodations Hopefully, all of those documents provide support for the specific accommodations that are listed. In addition, they require that the applicant identify again why they are necessary. I was told to identify anything I could possibly need. Kitchen sink it. I did not follow this advice, except for one item and I will discuss this later. So here is what I needed for accommodation: 1. Digital copy of the LSAT that is accessible to a screen reader. The LSAC has an HTML format of the test. This form is more easily read by a screen reader than other formats. There are still problems with it but better than other options. Hope for very few reading comprehension questions that reference specific sentences in the passage. 2. Computer and screen reader (I was specific about which screen reader). Not all screen readers are the same. Some of the most common are VoiceOver, NVDA and JAWS. I have never met someone familiar enough with all three to not have a preference. Being specific is important. Keep in mind that you will likely be required to provide computer, screen reader and printer (for writing sample) on the day of test. 3. Excel for Logic Games section to act as a notepad. In the end I did not use this at all and did everything in my head. It was a process I had heard about but I found it too cumbersome. 4. Scribe. This is important because even though the test can be provided digitally the answers still need to be recorded on a bubble sheet. A digital test with screen reader without scribe is worthless to me. 5. Time and a half. In my case time and a half was an easy request as I had received this in the past. Double time can be provided but is less likely to be provided unless a braille test is used. I do not read or write in braille - serious literacy issue. 6. A desk large enough to accommodate the computer, printer and give a little elbow room. I specified minimum dimensions. 7. Longer breaks. Longer breaks for a longer test. 8. At least five accessible practice tests. That is previous versions of the test in HTML format. These are not available until after registration and accommodations are accepted. This was my only accommodation that was requested, accepted but not fulfilled in a timely way. 9. A chair. Okay, so this was my one fluff request. I figured if I was going to be sitting for so long I wanted a chair that had height adjustment. I didn’t have any medical documentation for this. I just requested it and suggested it would provide added comfort for a longer test time. These were the main requests. My accommodations were accepted. I was made to regret the chair request. They said I needed to bring my own chair on exam day. Do not make fluff requests or you may regret it. Overlooked There were also things that I should have requested but did not: 1. Word processing program to create the writing sample. It is implied with the printer but I should have specifically requested it and it was brought up by the invigilation company. Luckily, they eventually conceded. 2. Sunglasses. As the preamble to the test was read by the invigilator I heard that sunglasses are not allowed to be worn during the test. I had not thought to have this accommodated. Luckily, my invigilator pointed out the issue but then allowed it in my case. However, she did not have to allow it. If I was to take it again, I would need to make sure that this is a listed accommodation. Conclusion Overall, the invigilator I had was excellent. This made test day easier. I did my test in a conference room in a hotel with a board room style table. Only the invigilator and scribe were in the room with me. The total test time with breaks was about 7 hours. I believe that my greatest advantage was a bathroom very close to the room. I was able to use it on every break with an escort. What dd I wish to have that I didn’t get? I was provided with two practice tests in early November. The other three did not arrive until three days before the exam. They are provided on USB by courier and must be returned on test day. It sucks that there are not more accessible practice tests available. My final thoughts? Although accommodations still do not provide a level playing field they made a difference for me and changed it from being completely beyond reach to a meaningless hurdle.
  11. You have a year and a half left on your degree. Focus on GPA. You seem to suggest you will not be able to get any higher. Now is a good time to make GPA a priority. Regardless of what you decide to do in the future a higher GPA is not going to hurt.
  12. I think there is a growing consensus you should rewrite. I think it is a good idea. I would also encourage you to get as much feedback from people around you about the personal statement. I personally would leave this out: You may also wish to find a couple of people who can provide constructive and critical feedback on your personal statement. Perhaps former professors from your undergrad.
  13. Chances? L2 GPA 3.95/4.33 LSAT 156

    I do not believe this is correct. I think there was some confusion in that 2010 thread. Regardless, here is a more recent document that seems to clarify. In short, if they need to take a credit from the winter they will not take the fall credits according to this. If one credit is needed from winter they will take all credits from winter term but not fall term. https://cloudfront.ualberta.ca/-/media/ugadmission/ro-assets/publications/tip-sheets/2017-18/law-2017.pdf
  14. I am going to suggest another possibility. You suggest you may have the ability to increase your GPA significantly this year and you are on track to do it. Forget the LSAT right now. Focus on the GPA. Consider June 2018 LSAT. In other words, give yourself plenty of time to get higher marks then plenty of time to get a better LSAT score. The fact is, increasing your GPA will provide you with an edge in most things you decide to do next. I will say that the quick fix of a higher LSAT score is likely not going to work.

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