How many times should you take LSAT?

Exam: LSAT Test - Law School Admission Test: Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning

One must appear for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in order to gain access to ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Canada, administering four times each year: June, September/October, December, February.

Even thou your scores are voluntarily cancelled or remain unreported; LSAT test can be taken 3 times over a period of 2 years. Most of the law schools consider your best score rather than averaging the score.

It is highly advised by experts cracking LSAT, that one should plan to give their best to crack the exam in their first shot. More than 90% of students rely on their second or third chance, if they fail to perform well in their first attempt. Psychologically, if a student givestheir best effort in his/her first attempt and makes sure that this is the only test that matters, he/she is likely to crack the exam.

In your first official LSAT, you just might end up scoring a little less than what you had predicted and you consider reapplying for the LSAT, and you give it a second chance.

Before thinking of taking the retest you should consider what really went wrong!

Being true to yourself, take a note of the things that went wrong:

  • What were the reasons that affected your performance during the time of the test? Was it your illness or any family issues or lack sleep or a fight?
  • Did you have any nervous breakdown or unexpected anxiety that was fairly new to you? Did your hands or legs tremble with fear? Could you maintain focus on the test?
  • And lastly did you give in your best to prepare for the exam; did you fail to solve past years test preps, practicing individual sections thoroughly, managing time, did you take LSAT writing sample seriously, were you familiar and comfortable with LSAT format, did you give the requisite amount of time required to prepare for the exam?

You need to ascertain your performance and the adverse impact of the above factors on your scores.

It has been observed that 40% of students who attain an average score in their first official test receive either a lower or on average 2.7 points higher score in their second exam.With the right approach and proper preparation, it is possible to maximize your performance with the increase of scores.

Different schools adapt to different admission rules:

You need to weigh your options, as some school to which you are applying requires a more recent score, some average your total score, some consider your best score on record, some may also consider your past performance in school. Keeping that in mind one should make the decision to retake an exam.

When should I take the exam?

LSAT exam is conducted in the month of June, after you have finished giving your junior year exam. This will give you an advantage of early application, as you can submit your scores in September and October. If you decide to take the December test, your score will not be reviewed until January, which is why earlier applications are more successful than later applications.

The June LSAT vs. The September/October LSAT

Considering LSAT being difficult, many students confuse themselves, whether to take the June or September test.

>One should consider taking the exam when he/she is fully prepared as these take three or sometimes 9 months for full-preparation. If you have not started preparing better plan to take the October exam.

>In order to take the June test you need to apply early, this will give you ample time to prepare for your June test. Even if you are ready to appear for the June test, the application will not have a negative affect on your October test, in fact you will get more time to reach your full potential.

>Taking the June test will add an advantage as you will receive and submit your score early. And if you score poorly or you think your performance can be upgraded, you may retake the exam in October and still apply early.

>The June test is in the afternoon, which makes itself a greater choice amongst the students, as all the others are administered around eight in the morning.

>Sometimes taking the June test could back fire as it occurs shortly after your final exams, making your schedule more complex it may add on to your difficulties. This might be one of the reasons why most of the students appear for the October test rather than June.

The December or The February LSAT?

Applying the best of your LSAT score, even if it means a slight raise, can give you an advantage. Taking the December test can be worth the wait if you wish to apply for a better score. Thou you need to immediately apply to the law schools as the results are received in early January.

The February tests are never disclosed, even after you have received your scores. This can give some a tough time, as the students cannot analyze their performance due to lack of disclosure. This test can be at the bottom of your list, as many schools do not accept a February LSAT for the admissions in that same year. But considering it for the following year, it can prove to be a great option as it allows you plenty of time to prepare and putting your applications together.

Should I cancel my LSAT score?

You can cancel a score in 6days time; it is advisable to give yourself the time to cancel a score. Sometimes it can be frustrating when you know you can put up a competitive score even thou your score of 167 puts you in the top 10% of test takers.

It is safer to cancel your score when you have more than one opportunity. If this would have been your third or the last attempt, it is the best score you have to walk with.

Should you take LSAT a third time?

A score than reflects your best potential will give a better impression and help you from explaining a lower score. LSAT a third time is a gamble as it has been seen that students retaking the test who earned a score of 155 in their second test, 730 earned higher score, 81 scored the same and 197 earned lower scores. You have to really want it!

Retest or not?

If you know that you are capable of performing better, prepared to undergo all the challenges of retaking the LSAT, your time, strength, mental pressure etc., and your vision stands high you should definitely be considering a retest of the LSAT.

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