Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby Liquox » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:44 am

Elenadu wrote:147, 155, 153. After Two years -159.

I have been always good with any types of tests, and any time I showed the result that was above average.

I believe, that it was the arrogance that was whispering in my ear that I could always do better than anyone. LSAT test was very different from the other tests: each time I was taking it, I had a panic attack, I couldn’t move to the next question, since every answer had to be perfect, and I’ve been losing the precious seconds and minutes. The very much desirable high score was flashing in my mind, which was very distracting. I kept thinking about the law schools that I was planning to get in. With each attempt, I just kept angrily jumping at the test over and over again.

After the two- years’ break I reviewed my approach to taking LSAT. My English got better, so did my speed of my reading. I learned how to push myself to move to the other question, even if I had some doubts. I taught myself to think about the questions, not about the score or about the prospective Law Schools.


your first paragraph needs rewording. panic isn't a good reason; it shows weakness. you don't want admissions thinking you'll panic every time you see a client/ court

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby waysidemadison180 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:58 pm

Elenadu wrote:My timed scores were 159-163 at 2007, and they stayed the same in 2011. The time restraints were always the major issue, and that induced panic attacks during the real tests. I also cannot write that I bought a DVD, that Simugator, and it really helped me. I was doing a full test every day for a month before October, 2011.


I don't think that you need to disclose the products that you used. Just say that you spent a lot of time studying and it paid off.

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby bruss » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:44 pm

bernaldiaz wrote:
Go with something like this:

When I first took the LSAT on MMDDYYY, I received a XXX. After a two year break while continuing my education in the United States (?), my English language skills had improved immensely. With a better grasp of the English language, I scored a XXX on MMDDYYYY, which is much more indicative of my true abilities.

Idk, something like that.


This is perfect.

Either you are a troll or just stubborn as hell. The adcoms don't wanna read a two page reason on why you crapped the bed on lsat. Make your addendum like bernaldiaz wrote, or make it long and show that you have no command of the English language while boring them to death.

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby RightWingConspiracy » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:19 pm

Troll

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby Br3v » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:47 pm

1) I count only 4 lsats. Not that it matters. (assuming one score is a double)

2) cut your addendum about in half. Just get to the point explaining why you believe your scores were low within two or three sentences.

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby Ignatius » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:01 pm

[quote="bernaldiaz"]I have taken LSAT many times, and I still could not get the satisfactory score (this sentence is just shaky English. I realize its your second language, but keeping it short and sweet will eliminate awkward phraseology like this). I have been always good with any types of tests, and any time I showed the result that was way above average (this sounds like a poor excuse). My experience with LSAT was an eye-opening experience, since it turned out to be very different from the other tests. (another excuse)

LSAT requires the perfect logical skills (totally not your place to make this claim to an admissions board and its pretty out of place in an addendum), however, at the same time, the test taker has to understand the subtleties of the English Language (this is getting to your point finally). I was studying hard each time I preparing for the test. Every time I was taking the test I was extremely nervous because of the time restraints. All the afore-mentioned factors affected my LSAT score tremendously.

After the two- years’ break I reviewed my approach to taking the test. My English has improved, so did my speed of reading and language comprehension skills. I’ve learned how to push myself to move to the other question, even if I had some doubts. I taught myself to think about the questions, not about the LSAT score or about the prospective Law Schools. Regardless of the Committee’s decision, I’m happy that I have overcome my fears. (this is a ridiculous statement for an addendum. They're asking you to explain your LSAT score, nothing more)

Go with something like this:

[b]When I first took the LSAT on MMDDYYY, I received a XXX. After a two year break while continuing my education in the United States (?), my English language skills had improved immensely. With a better grasp of the English language, I scored a XXX on MMDDYYYY, which is much more indicative of my true abilities. [/b]


This. Seriously. Not another sentence. If you had a new score that made you competitive at a school that averages (i.e. NYU, I think), you could possibly make a case for further explanation. However, all the schools you'll (presumably) be applying to with a 159 are only going to care about your high score. Don't needlessly distract the adcom(s) from your personal statement, letter of recs, etc. with a drawn out addendum clarifying an issue they won't care about.

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby nathan001 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:47 pm

Law schools only care about the highest score so they can use it for their USNWR ranking. So, they are inclined to take the highest score and ignore the rest. Your highest score speaks for itself.

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Re: Took LSAT five times, Addendum, Need advice

Postby Br3v » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:42 pm

nathan001 wrote:Law schools only care about the highest score so they can use it for their USNWR ranking. So, they are inclined to take the highest score and ignore the rest. Your highest score speaks for itself.


There is truth to this, but OP be aware some school explicitly state they average scores




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