Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

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JohnBoy
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Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby JohnBoy » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:48 pm

I'm curious to what people think about taking the test in December/February, after all your applications are in. I'm wondering if the new score can affect a waitlist status or scholarship offer. Are their any negative draw backs?

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby 313D313 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:04 pm

i am curious about this as well. I am considering doing this. Any thoughts??

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby bk1 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:06 pm

It has helped people get off WL's before. In general though if it is something you could do to get off a WL you would have been better served by retaking before submitting your apps.

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby 313D313 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:00 pm

what about taking it in october, applying and then taking it again in december?

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby northwood » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:18 pm

i am interested in this information as well

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby thesybarite » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:13 pm

It can't hurt your application. It's the dilemma between getting your app in as early as possible to increase chances with rolling admissions (I do think it makes a difference when you apply), or giving them a better first impression.

Would be good to hear from someone who's actually updated during their cycle with a new LSAT score.

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby Grizz » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:21 pm

I took in Sept. and retook in Dec. after some apps were in. IIRC, every school I applied to said it was their policy that they would withhold making a decision until after the second LSAT. So basically pending retake = no decision.

This doesn't mean that they won't look at your app, however, with the first score. In some cases, it was fairly obvious that they probably had looked at my first score, made a preliminary decision, and then sent out the acceptances that were coming to me after my retake score came back (ex. First score was 167; I got my UF, UGA, and Emory acceptances in the mail 1-2 weeks after second LSAT came in). Generally, you can write a school a note and tell them not to look at it, however (I did this for UVA).

When in doubt, however, call the individual schools and they will tell you what they do.

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby JohnBoy » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:09 pm

What if you didn't plan on retaking the test when you put your apps in. Then in December/February, after all your apps are in, you decided to retake. If it was higher, would schools consider you a stronger candidate if you were on the WL. If you were accepted, would you be able to grab more money from scholarships?

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby thesybarite » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:56 pm

JohnBoy wrote:What if you didn't plan on retaking the test when you put your apps in. Then in December/February, after all your apps are in, you decided to retake. If it was higher, would schools consider you a stronger candidate if you were on the WL. If you were accepted, would you be able to grab more money from scholarships?


This is a tactic I'm considering.

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Re: Retaking the LSAT during your cycle

Postby justadude55 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:06 pm

a higher LSAT score cannot possibly hurt you.

like anything else, you're assessing the risk/reward.

if you don't mind sitting on a waitlist at a school you would have previously been rejected to, it can't hurt.

what i don't understand is how people are influenced who already have good scores.

i have a score that is good enough for a t-20, but not t-10.

i want to hit t-15 or get $ from a t-25, but i know i can't be considered till my new lsat is in even though i'm already "good" enough.




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