kimchifriedrice wrote: KarenButtenbaum wrote:
I am currently working on my applications for law schools. I have two LSAT records: a cancellation from the February 2014 LSAT and a 169 from the September 2014 LSAT. I cancelled my February score because I had made a terrible mistake of spending a night at a local inn, where I could not sleep because of unfavorable noise and room temperature problems, which translated into a bad test day. My September score was lower than my usual 172 average largely because of noise disruptions. Hence, LSAC offered to include a letter explaining the September testing circumstances in my CAS report.
I was convinced that I should write an addendum but I worry that I could sound whiny. Should I go ahead and write this addendum or not? I am aiming for top 5 law schools.
Thank you for your help!
Are you planning to retake? If yes, then write an addendum. If not, why not?
No, I don't plan to retake the test, mostly because I don't know if I could realistically raise my score by all that much. I thought it would reflect badly on me to take the test for the third time and end up with a mediocre score. I also would like to submit my applications as soon as possible and do not want them to be put on hold. I have a 4.01 LSDAS GPA at a top public university and am getting three academic letters from my research professors; I thought I still had a competitive profile. Do all of these facts combined mean that I shouldn't write an addendum?
Do you recommend me retaking the test? My scores ranged in the low-to-mid 170's on my PTs but I would seldom get 168-169. I actually did not perform very well on my SATs either yet excelled in college - perhaps I should include this fact in my addendum, if I do end up writing one? I got this idea from NYU's addendum guidelines: http://prelaw.cas.nyu.edu/docs/CP/2746/ ... elines.pdf
... Please see the third bullet under "Some Reasons to Write an Addendum".
Thank you so much!
You do not need to add an addendum here; I'm not sure that it would add value to your application.
If you don't think that you actually would do better, there really isn't much that you could say in an addendum about the distraction is there?
Retake only if you think you could do better. Your PT's sound about right for your result. it often goes down on test day.
I don't think a score in the 90th plus percentile would make a good "poor standardized test taker" addendum. It might just come off wrong.
It's not that your application isn't strong, I'm sure it is, but the competition is also strong at the top schools so make sure you apply to a broad range of schools.