Old "should I re-take" dilemma

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EllenThev
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Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby EllenThev » Mon May 06, 2013 11:43 pm

I'm an international student (south america), but I transferred to a good American university to, among other reasons, complete my bachelor's degree with a comparable GPA and apply for law school here. I am graduating this summer, but I did not know that would be possible (I'm taking a course overload) until past the december LSAT date and thus my applications were delayed and honestly I could not properly prepare for the test. Although I have a 3.97 GPA, I got a disappointing 155 LSAT, and got into top 25 universities but I really wanted a T14 choice (for the national/international reach)... I wonder if anyone could give me some advice: should I re-take the test in June and see if I can improve (in less than a month)? or take the year off to study and send early applications? My fear is "wasting" 1 year if that is really the best I can do in the exam...

Any help is very much appreciated... thank you! :)

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Tekrul
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby Tekrul » Mon May 06, 2013 11:45 pm

Unfortunately, this thread is now at the bottom of the board and will soon forever be lost beneath the sands of page 2 ad infinitum. I hope you take a look.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=208084

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Pneumonia
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby Pneumonia » Tue May 07, 2013 9:05 am

you should definitely retake. idk if you are ESL but there are some good threads on here that might help with that if that is your issue. 3.97 indicates potential for big gains if you prepare properly.

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sinfiery
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby sinfiery » Tue May 07, 2013 10:07 am

Take a year off and study. It usually takes more than one month to learn this test. You have so much room for improvement in your results, it would absolutely be terrible for you not to pursue to the full extent of your ability this retake.

Retake in October, and possibly retake in December. It will likely be the best decision you ever made.

Also, study very very intently. It takes work but you can significantly increase your score.

PRgradBYU
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby PRgradBYU » Tue May 07, 2013 2:53 pm

EllenThev wrote:I'm an international student (south america), but I transferred to a good American university to, among other reasons, complete my bachelor's degree with a comparable GPA and apply for law school here. I am graduating this summer, but I did not know that would be possible (I'm taking a course overload) until past the december LSAT date and thus my applications were delayed and honestly I could not properly prepare for the test. Although I have a 3.97 GPA, I got a disappointing 155 LSAT, and got into top 25 universities but I really wanted a T14 choice (for the national/international reach)... I wonder if anyone could give me some advice: should I re-take the test in June and see if I can improve (in less than a month)? or take the year off to study and send early applications? My fear is "wasting" 1 year if that is really the best I can do in the exam...

Any help is very much appreciated... thank you! :)


You owe it to yourself--and to that lovely 3.97 GPA of yours--to retake. I bet you could be fully prepared in time for the December 2013 LSAT, although taking it in October would be preferable.

Good luck.

EllenThev
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby EllenThev » Tue May 07, 2013 5:06 pm

Thank you everyone, deep down I think I already thought that was the best thing, just wanted to have some support (honestly, my family is already happy with the current options, even though I wish I could really show my best).

Hopefully I'll add to the success stories of Tekrul's tread...

(PS: yes, english is my second language - actually third)

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jrsbaseball5
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby jrsbaseball5 » Tue May 07, 2013 5:32 pm

OP-

Come join us over at the October LSAT Prep Group viewtopic.php?f=6&t=203636

I think you will be able to improve a lot leading up to October and that would leave you in a good position to apply this coming cycle.

Best

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Pneumonia
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Re: Old "should I re-take" dilemma

Postby Pneumonia » Tue May 07, 2013 5:49 pm

EllenThev wrote:Thank you everyone, deep down I think I already thought that was the best thing, just wanted to have some support (honestly, my family is already happy with the current options, even though I wish I could really show my best).

Hopefully I'll add to the success stories of Tekrul's tread...

(PS: yes, english is my second language - actually third)


the LSAT is hard enough as it is, I can't imagine doing it ESL. best of luck to you.




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