i took the LSAT this past saturday and right before we start the exam a young lady asked if she could use her ear plugs. the proctor asked his supervisor was it ok and they allowed her to use them. so i guess it really does depend on the testing site. i wish i had known that. i guess its no harm in asking.
Wow, that's good news. I have a hard time blocking out background noise in certain situations. I can see myself rereading some of the harder Logical Reasoning questions over and over if I had distracting noise to contend with.
Thanks for the feedback everyone.
Don't count on asking for and being given permission to bring in and wear earplugs. They are strictly prohibited by the LSAC rules, they are on the list of banned items that you are not even allowed to bring into the test center/room.
If that story is true about a girl getting permission to use them during the last test, the proctors messed up and didn't know what rules they were supposed to be enforcing. That is not surprising given that many proctors are old retired people that don't even know what the LSAT is that simply want to get out of the house on a Saturday to do something and be around young people for a while.
If you bring anything that is on the prohibited list in your one gallon ziplock bag that is the only thing you're allowed to bring stuff into the test center with and you have a proctor that is familiar with the rules and also a rule enforcer/obey the law type of person, (which they are supposed to be, pretty much the LSAT police!) you risk getting written up for misconduct. If that happens the misconduct citation is noted on your LSAC candidate report that Law Schools receive when you apply. Law Schools don't like rule/law breakers/cheaters since lawyers are supposed to uphold the law.
Like already said, study and practice in locations that have some noise and distractions to get used to focusing and tunning it out.