California LSAT Center Reviews: Alameda, College of Alameda

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Review #1

When did you take your LSAT?
December 2016
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
25-50
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?
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?
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?
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?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?
Honestly, I don't think a test center can get better than this. That said, there are some things to be noted about the proctors.

Proctors: They were very strict about enforcing the no cell phone room. Some proctors were outside directing students to the correct class room by last name before check in. If they saw someone with a cell phone, they dismissed them from the exam because LSAC doesn't allow test takers to bring electronics to the testing site. However, the proctors were very passive about LSAC's photo requirements which LSAC has become more strict on. Several people had discolored images, and others had images without a plain background (explicitly against LSAC's photo requirements). The proctors still let these people sit for the exam. Also, even though LSAC indicated 8:30 AM as the latest one could check in, the proctors allowed people to check in up to 5 minutes past that time.

Review #2

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2016
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
0-25
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?
just enough: just enough room to put both the test booklet and the answer sheet on the desk together
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?
Only complaint is about the girl who started tapping her foot loudly on section four. Special place in hell reserved for people like that.

Review #3

When did you take your LSAT?
June 2016
What type of room did you take your test in?
Small Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
0-25
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?
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?
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?
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 student behind me did not stop when they called time. The proctors told her multiple times to put her pencils down before she decided to stop working on the section. The proctors kept a very close eye on her for the rest of the exam. I do not know if they cancelled her score or not.

Review #4

When did you take your LSAT?
December 2012
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
25-50
How comfortable were the chairs?
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?
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?
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?
yes
How much did parking cost?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?

Review #5

When did you take your LSAT?
June 2012
What type of room did you take your test in?
Small Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
25-50
How comfortable were the chairs?
comfortable
How was the lighting in the room?
optimal
What was the temperature of the room?
hot
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
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?
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?
yes
Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
yes
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?
Really hot day, so the room was hot and the windows did no open. There was no air conditioning. Proctors seemed unprepared and confused. Desk space was great, restrooms were close by.

Review #6

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
0-25
How comfortable were the chairs?
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?
just enough: just enough room to put both the test booklet and the answer sheet on the desk together
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?
I did not drive to the testing center
Do you have any additional comments?
Parking was $1. This center is great.

Review #7

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
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?
optimal
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
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?
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?
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?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this test center and although I know I scored a 170 or slightly higher, I'm retaking in December and already scheduled it in Alameda.

Proctors called 5min each time and then allowed a set timer to run out and beep to signal the end of sections. Rules were enforced and they quiet walked by you once or twice per section, but they were not "hardcore" proctors and nobody was cited for any misconduct.

The center was efficient as it could be, there were over 50 people and the desks were ones in which the chair was connected (they would recline if you lounged back in it, the plasticish type). However, there was an identical desk pushed again the one you sit in and it remained empty. I had plenty of room for my answer sheet and booklet, but I do keep the majority of the answer sheet underneath the book so some may find it to be just barely ample room.

The lighting could have been a bit brighter, but I could have sat directly under lights too (I didn't). Parking was just $1.00. I actually didn't even pay for parking because my watch was fast and I thought I only had 5 min. I wasn't ticketed at all.

Overall, it was a great experience and I'd definitely test at this center again.

Review #8

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
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?
optimal
Was there a clock in the room?
yes
How much desk space did you have?
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?
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?
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?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this test center and although I know I scored a 170 or slightly higher, I'm retaking in December and already scheduled it in Alameda.

Proctors called 5min each time and then allowed a set timer to run out and beep to signal the end of sections. Rules were enforced and they quiet walked by you once or twice per section, but they were not "hardcore" proctors and nobody was cited for any misconduct.

The center was efficient as it could be, there were over 50 people and the desks were ones in which the chair was connected (they would recline if you lounged back in it, the plasticish type). However, there was an identical desk pushed again the one you sit in and it remained empty. I had plenty of room for my answer sheet and booklet, but I do keep the majority of the answer sheet underneath the book so some may find it to be just barely ample room.

The lighting could have been a bit brighter, but I could have sat directly under lights too (I didn't). Parking was just $1.00. I actually didn't even pay for parking because my watch was fast and I thought I only had 5 min. I wasn't ticketed at all.

Overall, it was a great experience and I'd definitely test at this center again.

Review #9

When did you take your LSAT?
June 2009
What type of room did you take your test in?
Large Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
25-50
How comfortable were the chairs?
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?
just enough: just enough room to put both the test booklet and the answer sheet on the desk together
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 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?
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?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?

Review #10

When did you take your LSAT?
September/October 2008
What type of room did you take your test in?
Small Class Room
How many other test takers were in the room with you?
0-25
How comfortable were the chairs?
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?
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?
normal
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?
$5-$10
Do you have any additional comments?
Very comfortable place to take the test, although the construction noise on campus was a little audible and the desks were attached to the chairs, and there wasn't enough room to fit the test booklet open and the answer sheet.

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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?
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I am not left handed
What was the noise level like inside of the room?
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What was the noise level like outside of the room/building?
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Did the proctors distract you in anyway (talking between themselves, walking around too much, etc)?
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I did not drive to the testing center
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