“You have got to be kidding” is not an acceptable answer when registering for the LSAT, apparently.

My goodness! Registered for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) recently and the last thing I expected were answer-required questions on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. How is that even legal? I’m just registering for a test, the irony not lost on me that I was asking that question about Law School Admissions Test questions. And yes, after reading the long list of menu options, I also felt … old. Realizing that I clearly had a lot more catching up to do than originally thought, I had to Google more than a few of the orientations and identifications on the registration questions checklist, just to make sure I was answering correctly.

My husband asked, “are you sure you’re registering for the right test there Babe?” Yep, LSAT registration, says it right here; I pointed to the screen.

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Finally, thinking it had to be some sort of trick question, I answered with the only response I could come up with, as you can see in the screenshot, which was: “You have GOT to be kidding?” Which was then summarily rejected with a red warning badge after I clicked the “submit” button, evidenced by the fact my answer came back highlighted in red. Seriously?

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At that point, trying hard to take the test registration process seriously (it costs $190, so believe me, I took it quite seriously), my husband asks, “you sure you want to do this? Why do they care? You’re taking a test.” No, the test isn’t until January. This is simply to sign up and pay to take the test. Even weirder. Those little red asterisks mean you can’t complete the registration without answering. Ew.

George Washington inspired Barbie doll seemed appropriate for this post. Not sure why I’m connecting General George with the right to privacy, but for now, this one resonates.

After completing the rather intrusive test registration process, I sent an email query to the test registration organization asking for more information as to why such questions are required to answer simply to register for a test. Why should I be required to give up my rights to privacy so they can “improve” their “services”? Really?

I’m trying to keep an open mind that there must be some valid reason for such intimate questions, but in my ignorance of the law — and its tendrils, apparently — it seems … icky and intrusive and none of anyone’s damn business relative to taking a test; and I can’t help but think of EEOC and all that. You can’t ask someone how old they are in a job interview, but you can ask them about sexual orientation just to register for a test?

So, as of this posting, my initial response to the test registration questions on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation still stands despite the computer program’s rejection: You have GOT to be kidding me… (maybe they are)? I do hope they respond.

UPDATE 12/18/18

I received this response from an LSAC “Customer Relationship Representative” today.

Thank you for writing. I have forwarded your email to the appropriate department, and please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.


Featured photo in this post is the George Washington Barbie doll. Photos (c) 2018 Krystyn Hartman.

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