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cc534128
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LSAT Addendum

Postby cc534128 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:56 pm

Scored 164 on September 2009 LSAT and 172 in December 2009. I'm debating whether I should write an addendum to address the lower score or to just let my higher score speak for itself since it's an 8-point jump. Three days before the September 2009 exam, my parents called me to tell me that they were considering hospice for my father since the three different treatment options he had tried for the past year had done nothing to shrink his tumors. They called to get my input on what I thought he should do. He has since passed away, so his condition was definitely serious at the time.

I was definitely shaken up going into the September 2009 exam, but at the same time, I don't want to seem like I'm playing the cancer card. Combined with my pretty decent GPA (3.77 from a top 10 school) I think my second score could be high enough to let it stand, but I'm not sure. Any advice?

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WhiskeyGuy
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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:24 pm

I would definitely write an addendum explaining the difference. If it is brief and to the point, it won't come off as playing any card but rather explaining the discrepancy in scores..

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby Lurkster » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:28 pm

People often say that one should let the higher score "speak for itself". Why should this situation be any different?

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:29 pm

Lurkster wrote:People often say that one should let the higher score "speak for itself". Why should this situation be any different?


Many schools ask for an explanation if there is a reason (i.e., not "I studied harder") for the difference

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby cc534128 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:51 am

If I decide to submit the addendum, I was thinking of something along these lines:

A few days before the September 2009 LSAT administration, my parents called me to discuss whether my father should enter a hospice program if his most recent chemotherapy treatment failed to achieve the desired results. I was worried about my father’s health, and I underestimated the effect of those concerns on my performance. As a result of these concerns, I feel that I scored below my potential. I retook the LSAT in December 2009, and I believe this latter score to be more representative of my abilities.

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby billyez » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:56 am

Short and effective. You had a valid reason for the increase and I don't see any problem with making the admission officers aware of the unfortunate circumstances. Congrats on the new score.

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby bees » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:58 am

cc534128 wrote:If I decide to submit the addendum, I was thinking of something along these lines:

A few days before the September 2009 LSAT administration, my parents called me to discuss whether my father should enter a hospice program if his most recent chemotherapy treatment failed to achieve the desired results. I was worried about my father’s health, and I underestimated the effect of those concerns on my performance. As a result of these concerns, I feel that I scored below my potential. I retook the LSAT in December 2009, and I believe this latter score to be more representative of my abilities.


Bingo. I like it. I would take out the word "administration" in the first sentence.

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby capitalacq » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:55 am

Lurkster wrote:People often say that one should let the higher score "speak for itself". Why should this situation be any different?

Those are situations in which the reasons for retaking suck or aren't valid (and where people would be better off saying nothing)

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annapavlova
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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby annapavlova » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:04 pm

Only submit an addendum if the application asks for one.

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby CordeliusX » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:57 pm

billyez wrote:Short and effective. You had a valid reason for the increase and I don't see any problem with making the admission officers aware of the unfortunate circumstances. Congrats on the new score.


So what is the view on "I was sick during the first one" addendums?

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby sibley » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:02 pm

I considered this as well, 158-> 170. I started writing one, but there was nothing to say. The first score was a fluke. There's really no explanation. The applications, for me, at most have asked "if there is a score discrepancy you would like to explain please attach..." but... well, I didn't want to explain.

edit: but if you think there's an explanation, then, yeah. Do it.
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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby jmaan » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:08 pm

Just send it..I had the same jump and sent the addendum to most of the schools I applied to...then the ones I didn't send one to emailed me asking for one

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby dcrlo3 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:25 pm

I was a student-athlete/academic All-American and rushed to graduate pending the MLB draft. Also rushed LSAT prep. 147 in feb. '08 retook in Dec. 09 167. Addendum?

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Re: LSAT Addendum

Postby sibley » Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:28 pm

dcrlo3 wrote:I was a student-athlete/academic All-American and rushed to graduate pending the MLB draft. Also rushed LSAT prep. 147 in feb. '08 retook in Dec. 09 167. Addendum?


No. What are you going to say... "I was too busy to study because everything else going on was more important than LSAT?" ....>>>> 'fluke'




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