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ra410
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Postby ra410 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:07 pm

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby PRgradBYU » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:38 pm

ra410 wrote:So I got my June LSAT back and I must say I'm pretty disheartened. I was PT around the low to mid 160's and for some reason I just tanked test day. I'm dreading the idea of taking this test for the 3rd time and would like to know where I stand with my present numbers. I got an an excellent PS which I believe should help my stock and a diversity statement in the works.

1st LSAT: 156, 2nd LSAT: 154 GPA: 3.55

With application numbers down, do I have a shot at cracking the t14 (Cornell??), and how will admissions feel about a drop in my LSAT?


Take this with a grain bucket of salt, as the sample size is microscopic:

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If you were PTing in the low to mid-160s, you owe it to yourself to retake. I know that the prospect of retaking absolutely sucks (trust me, I went through it myself), but a 165 could get you CCN or even HYS.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby Nova » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:01 pm

The 2 point lsat drop is insignificant.

You will regret not retaking for the rest of your life if you dont.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby AAJD2B » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:08 pm

A 3.3/156 landed Cornell with a 105k scholarship last cycle. African American female.

But like the others above me indicated, you owe it to yourself to retake even if this means pushing back to December's LSAT. Make sure you're practicing in a range that allows for cushion, for example if your goal is 165 you shouldn't sit the exam unless consistently testing above that, say 167+.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby californiauser » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:31 pm

Retake man, you owe it to yourself after pulling a 3.5 in undergrad.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby Psib337 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:54 pm

I was in pretty much the same place last year and retook the LSAT. It sucks taking the LSAT 3 times but if you can get a higher score it's worth it. And I can't be 100% sure but I don't think it made too much of a difference that I took the test 3 times.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:14 pm

You crack 160 and you're looking at a world of difference.

You need to retake and study hard.

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Nova
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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby Nova » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:16 pm

ra410 wrote:Thanks guys I appreciate the advice. I'll most likely take it once more but if worse comes to worse, how far will that 156 take me?

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby PRgradBYU » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:31 pm

Nova wrote:
ra410 wrote:Thanks guys I appreciate the advice. I'll most likely take it once more but if worse comes to worse, how far will that 156 take me?

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If OP insists on not retaking (or doesn't perform better than his previous 156), it looks like Cornell is a viable option.

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Lacepiece23
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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby Lacepiece23 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:51 pm

Is OP male. I can almost guarantee that most of those admits are male with OPs numbers. I go there (cornell) and they definitely aren't hurting for females.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby 90convoy » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:01 pm

Just wondering, how long (hours per week) did you study and for how many weeks? You should really try to create a study plan that works better for yourself. Good job maintaining a 3.5 tho, golden for AAs.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby Nova » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:24 pm

Applying before thanksgiving is generally much better than applying in january. You can see the difference on lsn.

However urms under both medians usually don't get accepted until late in the cycle, presumably because adcomms want to see the whole crop of urms first. So TLS conventional wisdom says application timing matters less for urms.

If you don't think you will have hit your ceiling by October, DO NOT take the lsat in october. Especially since you've already taken twice. Applying in January with an higher score is better than apply on thanksgiving with a lower score.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby mojangles » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:33 pm

Nova wrote:Applying before thanksgiving is generally much better than applying in january. You can see the difference on lsn.

However urms under both medians usually don't get accepted until late in the cycle, presumably because adcomms want to see the whole crop of urms first. So TLS conventional wisdom says application timing matters less for urms.

If you don't think you will have hit your ceiling by October, DO NOT take the lsat in october. Especially since you've already taken twice. Applying in January with an higher score is better than apply on thanksgiving with a lower score.


Is it considered ill advised to still apply early and advise the school there is a pending lsat? Or does that vary based on if there are multiple lsats?

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby PRgradBYU » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:32 pm

Nova wrote:Applying in January with an higher score is better than apply on thanksgiving with a lower score.


This. Don't force yourself to sit for the October LSAT if you're not fully prepared. Also (and speaking from personal experience), URM applications have a greater chance of being seriously considered later in the admissions cycle by AdComms than those of their non-URM counterparts. Applying in the beginning of January as a URM will not have a horribly adverse effect on your cycle.

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Postby ra410 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:33 pm

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby californiauser » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:40 pm

ra410 wrote:I just received a 165 on the December LSAT! :D Thank you all for your advice! It certainly paid off. What are my chances now with a 165, 3.55. My goal is to get into the best school possible.

Also, I'm planning on sending out applications sometime next week or the following week on Monday. Would that be too late?


Get those apps in asap. Decent shot at H, you'll definitely get multiple T14 acceptances.

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Re: Chance 156, 154, 3.55 AA

Postby coolbean2013 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:58 pm

ra410 wrote:I just received a 165 on the December LSAT! :D Thank you all for your advice! It certainly paid off. What are my chances now with a 165, 3.55. My goal is to get into the best school possible.

Also, I'm planning on sending out applications sometime next week or the following week on Monday. Would that be too late?


Nice, congrats!!




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