Is February okay for LSAT retest?

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hopeful4lawschool
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Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby hopeful4lawschool » Sun May 19, 2013 2:19 pm

I have a 168 LSAT score, and because my gpa isn't too hot, its obviously in my best interest to raise my LSAT as high as possible.

From what I know, a 175+ can really offset a lower gpa, and some might say my expectations are unrealistic, but I have studied 200 hours since my first LSAT, and was debating between the December 2013 and February 2014 LSAT to retest, while December is 7 months away, and I have earned a 168 the first time, I keep thinking if I retest February 2014, I can meet my goal and expectations of 175.

I am planning on applying Fall 2013 to law schools. Do You think with a 168 score, that if I retest in December and still don't get there but get a 175 in February, will admissions take the February lsat into consideration as well, if I have my applications in early during fall 2013, and all they would be waiting on is feb. lsat?

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby UnfrozenCaveman » Mon May 20, 2013 3:39 pm

You mean you want to apply for Fall 2014 admission? What's your upside on practice tests? Some say that you can't improve by too many points. My experience though was a range of 10 points on practice tests that was pushing higher, but I got at the bottom end of my range on my first and only test day.

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby moshei24 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:24 pm

Aim to take it in December and make February a last resort. They'll look at February, but it will be late in the cycle.

Also, understand diminishing returns. You could study forever, but if you've hit a ceiling, you won't break 175 anyways. The best way to improve would be to teach others the test. You may also want to take some breaks and get your mind clear.

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby 20141023 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:33 pm

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby moshei24 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:42 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:Some schools do not accept the February LSAT for fall admissions of the same year. Carefully read the admission FAQs for each school you're interested in applying to before assuming it will be too late. Either way, applying earlier will help you improve your chances of getting in, so if possible it might be better to wait another year if you can only take the December / February LSATs and have a low GPA instead of rushing to apply later next cycle.



They won't accept it if it's your only LSAT score. They will allow it to enhance your application if you already had another score on file.

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby 20141023 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:47 pm

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Re: Is February okay for LSAT retest?

Postby moshei24 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:56 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:
moshei24 wrote:
kappycaft1 wrote:Some schools do not accept the February LSAT for fall admissions of the same year. Carefully read the admission FAQs for each school you're interested in applying to before assuming it will be too late. Either way, applying earlier will help you improve your chances of getting in, so if possible it might be better to wait another year if you can only take the December / February LSATs and have a low GPA instead of rushing to apply later next cycle.



They won't accept it if it's your only LSAT score. They will allow it to enhance your application if you already had another score on file.

It depends on the school:
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/38.htm

Even if they agree to "consider it," it would be a waste to apply with a good score that late in the cycle, especially as a splitter. Splitters / reverse splitters need to apply earlier than traditional applicants for their best shot at outperforming their numbers.


I applied to about 15 schools and each one considered it. It's commonly known that they consider it. They even look at the June one if you're on a waitlist. And yes, it's never good to apply late in the cycle. Apply early and retake the LSAT later if need be.




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