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Postby djwjddl » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:12 pm

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Mr. Elshal
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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby Mr. Elshal » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:56 pm

djwjddl wrote:I'm thinking about writing an addendum for the law schools i'm applying to regarding how my LSAT doesn't reflect my true academic abilities. I know that this topic has been discussed many times before, but i'd appreciate it if someone could opine on my set of circumstances.

I took the SSATs and got about an 80% (well below the admitted applicants' avg.), but ended up getting into one of the top 3 boarding schools in America. Once there i did very well and finished in the top 10% of my graduating class.

I took the SATs and got a 2050 and ended up at an Ivy League (again, well below admitted applicant's avg.). I graduated with a 3.85 (cum laude) and 169 LSAT.

The point of writing this addendum is not to convince the adcoms that i'm a "poor standardized test taker," but to simply state that standardized test scores have not been very predictive of how well I have been able to perform in these highly "competitive" academic institutions despite them. I'm very well aware that the extent to which this addendum will actually "boost"/help my application is highly subjective, and in reality, pretty unlikely. But, i thought it would still be an issue worth mentioning.


Assuming, like you said, that you are writing this to simply state that standardized test scores have not be very predictive of your success, then I think it could help. If it sounds too much like you're trying to convince them, they'll probably just get annoyed. Given your circumstances and your seeming ability to discuss them objectively, I would recommend writing one, especially if you want to get into a very highly ranked school.

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:22 pm

Very little chance they'll buy this, and even less if you only took the LSAT once.

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby wert3813 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:33 pm

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby djwjddl » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:20 pm

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:54 pm

djwjddl wrote:but it won't hurt either.


I will talk against this (though I don't think it will hurt much). I do, however, know several schools who have members of the admissions committee who look down on people who write this addendum when it's not warranted. For you, it's not warranted. Your SSAT/SAT aren't low - they're just lower than others at your school. I don't balk at someone with a 2050 graduating with a 3.85 at an Ivy League institution. If you had a 1300 (is that even possible), then you write this addendum. If you have a 2050, I have no doubt you can do well at an Ivy League school.

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby wert3813 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:09 pm

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Re: Should I write an addendum?

Postby Kionaltski » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:06 pm

I agree. If you think you can do better, retake. If not, then the admissions committee will probably be able to tell from your GPA at an ivy that your lsat is not the perfect indicator of your academic abilities.

From what I've heard from admissions deans, they generally don't like an lsat addendum that only says that you're not very good at tests.




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