What to do?

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What to do?

Postby patrickj11288 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:22 pm

I need some advice. During my pts i was scoring around 160-164, but absolutely choked on the test. Completely screwed up the LG's (like I probably missed like 12) and screwed up one of the LR sections which I think was scored (Didnt get to the last 4 q's on the first LR and wasnt sure on others). What I am expecting is somewhere in the low to mid 150's after that performance............ In short what I would like to know is whether or not an addendum would make up for this deficiency? I was unable to take or prep for the June lsat, because my dad had terminal cancer. He passed away at the end of June and as you can imagine his passing had a significant impact on my studying habits for the remainder of the summer. Once school rolled around I not only had to prep for the lsat, but also take my normal course load, work to pay for part of my school, and take on other responsibilities at home considering my fathers abscense.... That aside I completely choked on the test and want some suggestions as to whether or not an addendum would be beneficial in my situation or if I should just wait and retake the test?

ps: Im not trying to go to a top 20 school, but am shooting for IUPUI (t100) because I want to be close to my family. I would even strongly consider part-time so I could simultaneously work and pay for my school. My gpa is a 3.51 in poli sci/history and I showed marked improvement after a mediocre soph year during my dad's illness S1: 3.56 S2: 3.8, which is one of the main focus's on my personal statement. (Getting my priorities straight).

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Re: What to do?

Postby whirledpeas86 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:54 pm

I think you should write the addendum you describe, as well as, if at all possibly, retaking the test in December. If you retake the test (and do better), it would strengthen the argument in your addendum that given the time to study and a decrease in the emotional stress, you are capable of a higher score. It would be direct proof that the lower score doesn't reflect your true abilities.


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Re: What to do?

Postby LastChanceLA » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:47 am

If you aren't satisfied with your LSAT, my suggestion is retake the LSAT, instead of putting an addendum. An addendum is only going to seem like an excuse and law schools will not think highly of it. Keep in mind that you had an opportunity to cancel your score, which you didn't. So either go with your score or retake the LSAT. Nevertheless, I am sorry about your loss.

PS If you do take the LSAT and do well, only in that case might an addendum be appropriate.

Good Luck!

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