California LSAT Center Reviews: Santa Cruz, University of California - Santa Cruz

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Review #1

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2012
What type of room did you take your test in?
Lecture Hall
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
50-75
How comfortable were the chairs?
not comfortable
How was the lighting in the room?
optimal
What was the temperature of the room?
cold
Was there a clock in the room?
no
How much desk space did you have?
very little: could not fit both test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk
If you are left handed, were you provided with a left-handed desk?
I am not left handed
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
quiet
What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
very quiet
How long did it take between the scheduled test time and when you actually started testing?
1 hour or less
Did the proctors keep accurate time?
yes
Did the proctors enforce all of the rules?
yes
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
no
Was nearby parking easy to find?
I did not drive to the testing center
How much did parking cost?
I did not drive to the testing center
Do you have any additional comments?

Review #2

When did you take your LSAT?
February 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Lecture Hall
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
100+
How comfortable were the chairs?
not comfortable
How was the lighting in the room?
optimal
What was the temperature of the room?
very cold
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
very little: could not fit both test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk
If you are left handed, were you provided with a left-handed desk?
I am not left handed
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
normal
What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
loud
How long did it take between the scheduled test time and when you actually started testing?
1 hour or less
Did the proctors keep accurate time?
yes
Did the proctors enforce all of the rules?
no
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
yes
Was nearby parking easy to find?
yes
How much did parking cost?
free
Do you have any additional comments?
When the proctors let people in and out of the room during the test, they didn't bother to close the door quietly. The repeated slamming of a very heavy door was quite distracting.

The desks were so small I couldn't compare questions to Reading Comp passages without picking up the test book and holding up both sides. It really slowed me down.

The room was freezing - I couldn't move my fingers at one point.

A girl several seats to my left started a section early. She didn't write, so the proctors didn't notice (due to the room setup). If only we all got an extra three minutes on every section...

I think the proctors could have done a better job in a different environment. There were only two for a huge lecture hall (100+ people, seated every other row & then every other seat), and they couldn't see what we were doing unless they stood behind us.

Review #3

When did you take your LSAT?
February 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Lecture Hall
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
50-75
How comfortable were the chairs?
comfortable
How was the lighting in the room?
optimal
What was the temperature of the room?
cold
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
very little: could not fit both test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk
If you are left handed, were you provided with a left-handed desk?
yes
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
quiet
What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
quiet
How long did it take between the scheduled test time and when you actually started testing?
1 hour or less
Did the proctors keep accurate time?
yes
Did the proctors enforce all of the rules?
no
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
no
Was nearby parking easy to find?
yes
How much did parking cost?
free
Do you have any additional comments?
The desks were really tiny, but honestly I don't think that impacted my test performance any. The seats were comfortable. There were three seats between each person in a row, and every other row was empty. The proctors didn't complain when people "took over" the tiny flip-up desk for the seat next to theirs for pencils and watches, and other items.

The proctors were pretty relaxed. People brought in some items that weren't on the list of allowed items (like cigarettes and chapstick). No one said anything about it. I didn't see anyone bring in "prohibited items" - but they didn't really seem to be checking for them either.

They didn't walk around much and the room was set up so they couldn't easily see your test booklet without walking around. You probably could have gotten away with going back and working on other test sections if you had extra time. I don't know if anyone did or not. I'm just guessing it was probably possible.

They did enforce many of the other rules. For example, a large number of people asked for specific seats (mostly requesting aisles) and the proctors denied all seat requests.

The proctors were exceptionally nice (even offering to let people use their personal cell phones if you needed to call a ride).

If you don't know the area well (I was coming down from Cupertino and wasn't familiar with the campus) finding the parking/building can be a bit tricky. The printer on my computer wasn't working so I couldn't print the campus map. It would have really helped it I had it.

I didn't bring a watch. There was a clock in the room (on the left wall above the door), but it was difficult to see from some seats. All the left handed desks were along the left aisle - so I was sitting in the back of the room against the wall with the clock and could only kind-of tell how much time I had left. If you are a lefty, I suggest bringing a watch. I think most of the right handed seats could probably see the clock.

Review #4

When did you take your LSAT?
February 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Lecture Hall
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
25-50
How comfortable were the chairs?
very comfortable
How was the lighting in the room?
optimal
What was the temperature of the room?
optimal
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
very little: could not fit both test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk
If you are left handed, were you provided with a left-handed desk?
yes
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
quiet
What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
very quiet
How long did it take between the scheduled test time and when you actually started testing?
1 hour or less
Did the proctors keep accurate time?
yes
Did the proctors enforce all of the rules?
yes
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
no
Was nearby parking easy to find?
yes
How much did parking cost?
free
Do you have any additional comments?
Great test site! Best test site I've ever had, for any standardized exam. Clean, quiet, spacious, great proctors. UC Santa Cruz is beautiful and peaceful and will put you in a good mood. Only downsides: smaller desks.

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When did you take your LSAT?
What type of room did you take your test in?
Lecture Hall
Large Auditorium
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How many other test takers were in the room with you?
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How comfortable were the chairs?
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How was the lighting in the room?
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What was the temperature of the room?
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Was there a clock in the room?
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How much desk space did you have?
very little: could not fit both test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk
just enough: just enough room to put both the test booklet and the answer sheet on the desk together
more than enough: more than enough room to fit both the test booklet and answer sheet on the same desk and also comfortably spread out
If you are left handed, were you provided with a left-handed desk?
yes
no
I am not left handed
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
very quiet
quiet
normal
loud
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What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
very quiet
quiet
normal
loud
very loud
How long did it take between the scheduled test time and when you actually started testing?
1 hour or less
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4+ hours
Did the proctors keep accurate time?
yes
no
Did the proctors enforce all of the rules? (Please explain in "Other Comments")
yes
no
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
yes
no
Was nearby parking easy to find?
yes
no
I did not drive to the testing center
How much did parking cost?
I did not drive to the testing center
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