Optimistic LSAT Addendum?

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XHT2014
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Optimistic LSAT Addendum?

Postby XHT2014 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:20 am

I took the LSAT in Dec and did poorly (157). I decided to capitalize on the work I had already done and retook it again this Feb. I am sure that I did much better. I am planning on applying to a couple of schools with late application deadlines for Fall 2011. The timing is less than ideal. I will be submitting my applications by March 1st, before my new LSAT score is released. I am confident that my score jumped at least 5+ points, and feel that it warrants an addendum. Basically i just want to get across that the 157 is the fluke, not the higher score.

When I took the LSAT on December 12, 2010 I had been studying for four months. I had taken many full length practice tests and was very familiar with the test and my average performance. My average test score was 167, never scoring below a 160. On the day of the December test I did not perform my best, nor even my average. Because my score was such an outlier, I decided to retake. With more studying my average practice score rose to above 170. I am confident about my February score and believe that it should be taken into consideration as a more true representation of my LSAT abilities.

I certainly do have excuses (I was going through a break up, I hadn't slept, my hotel room didn't have heat), but I thought this got to the heart of the issue better- that I am a 167+ rather than a 157. What do you think?

jeremysen
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Re: Optimistic LSAT Addendum?

Postby jeremysen » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:59 am

Assuming you already sent in apps, you can tell the admissions boards not to review your app until your Feb score comes out.

I mean...you can't expect them to accept you prior to the Feb score ..right?


Write the score improvement addendum (detailing the test-fail reasons you mentioned) when you actually have the # increase.

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cinephile
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Re: Optimistic LSAT Addendum?

Postby cinephile » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:51 am

Just explain your circumstances without going into the details of your practice tests, because those don't really mean anything, many people score very differently on the test than when practicing at home.

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Re: Optimistic LSAT Addendum?

Postby emmbar53 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:19 pm

cinephile wrote:Just explain your circumstances without going into the details of your practice tests, because those don't really mean anything, many people score very differently on the test than when practicing at home.


This.

Do not mention practice tests in the least. There is no way for the schools to verify anything you say about practice tests.




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