Emond Exam Prep: 10 Surprising LSO Rules to Know for Exam Day

With the LSO Paralegal Licensing and Bar Exam dates quickly approaching, you may be starting to feel anxious about exam day, and wondering how you will prepare. Your first steps should be to develop a personalized study schedule, review the required competencies, research effective study strategies, and practise maximizing your time on an exam.

You should also make time to read the rules for exam day outlined on the LSO website. Some of the rules might surprise you! Here are ten of the most surprising ones.

1. Leave your favourite oversized coffee tumbler at home; you are only allowed to bring in 710 ml (24 oz) of non-alcoholic liquid, which must be stored in a clear plastic container.

2. Be sure to bring a warm cardigan or hoodless sweater, because it can get really chilly in the testing area. However no hoodies are allowed, and you are only permitted to wear one cardigan or sweater.

3. If you are having a bad hair day, be advised that hiding it under a hat is not an option. If you arrive on test day wearing a hat, coat, jacket, scarf, or gloves, the item(s) must be coat-checked at your own expense.

4. Thinking of what food to pack for exam fuel? Skip uncut apples, unpeeled oranges, nuts, and raw carrots—they’re forbidden, along with any other noisy or strongly scented foods. The snacks you do bring must be in their original wrapping or covered in clear wrapping and enclosed in a clear plastic bag that is 26.8 cm x 27.3 cm or smaller. The LSO also recommends packing a lunch rather than purchasing one, so that you can be sure to make it back to the testing area on time.

5. If you tend to fidget when you’re nervous, try to keep it under control on exam day. Candidates are forbidden from distracting other test takers by movement, sound, or odour.

6. Planning to pack your things in a purse or backpack? Leave them at home. Purses, book bags, handbags, suitcases, and briefcases are not allowed into the Testing Area. All items brought into the Testing Area must be enclosed in a single clear plastic bag.

7. Fortunately, you are allowed to bring essential items including keys, earplugs, wallets, tissues, medication, and hygiene products, as long as they are stored your clear plastic bag. Many students recommend bringing earplugs, as even slight noises can be distracting when you need to focus.

8. Speaking of wallets, make sure yours has a quarter in it for a payphone, because cellphones, iPods, calculators, and other electronic devices are not permitted in the testing area.

9. Don’t bring your new Apple Watch to keep track of time on exam day. Watches, stopwatches, and electronic bracelets of any kind are prohibited. There is a large clock on the wall that you can use to track your time.

10. Hopefully you made all of your notes in advance of exam day, because writing/marking tools are prohibited, including pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and even binder clips.

Failure to comply with these rules could result in the confiscation of personal items, and exam results being declared null and void. It is therefore strongly advised that all upcoming LSO exam takers to carefully read the complete LSO Licensing Examination Rules and Protocol before arriving on exam day:

By Meghan Rourke


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