Veyron wrote:catholicgirl wrote:Veyron wrote:This is definitely a concern for me. I scored in the 92nd percentile, and I'm really not sure if I could even improve more. At a certain point, it depends on external factors that have little to do with how much I've worked.
Maybe, but a 165 is not that point.
Swear to G-d I am not trying to start a fight (promise), but what would you consider that point to be?
Putting LR/RC to one side, I've been told that you shouldn't take the test until you are consistently getting -0/-1 on the games. And, indeed, this is the point at which I found that I couldn't improve no matter how much more I studied.
I will say, however, that I was stuck in the 165 range for a month or two.
I think that is pretty common actually, and that improvement on the LSAT follows a plateau/peak/plateau (for the most part). personally, i had about three plateaus, and was lucky enough to score a point or two above my average.
OP: by external factors, do you mean test taking anxiety? There's some prep company that posts on here that had some helpful stuff for dealing with test anxiety (sorry I can't recall the name, I looked at it a while ago). If that's not it, I found the manhattan books to be great, especially combined with a good base from the PS bibles.
That said, you're probably not here for retake advice so here are my thoughts on your school choices. W&M is pretty regional, so you'd have to comfortable living in the mid-atlantic region. I honestly agree with and was going to say the same thing as Dixiecup. If you're comfortable with 150k, the extra 70k for UVA would probably be worth it for the enhanced job prospects, plus UVA has a decent LRAP (I have no idea what BU's is like, or if they have one). So if you're comfortable with debt, I'd go UVA, but if not, a retake might be the best option.