Should I wait a year?

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Should I wait a year?

Postby UMiamiCane » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:32 pm

I already know what answer I am leaning towards...but I was wondering what other people would do if they were in my shoes, or what they have done.

I am applying only to Univ of Florida, being that I live in Gainesville. So this is my only shot, for now, until I move out of the area (could be a few years from now).

My UGPA is low, 3.02 overall, but with a 3.8 in the last two years. I also went to grad school (4.0), and I've been working since undergrad in a semi-related field. I took the LSAT last month and got a 158 (I've been averaging 164-65 on PTs), so yes I am retaking. My goal is 165.

If I continue to shoot for this year, I feel like I would need to take the December test, which doesn't leave me much time to bump up my score 7 points. Also, I need to get moving on getting everything else in order for my application. I'm pretty sure they used to have an ED deadline on their website, but now UF has one deadline listed. Is it true the earlier the better chance of getting in?

If I wait until next year, that gives me three months to study for the Feb test (can't take in it in June), and a lot of time to get my app together. Also, I can pay for my first year in cash then. However, it will be nearly two years before I start school, and I am getting anxious. I am 27 now, and would be 29 by the time I start.

What would you do in my position?

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Re: Should I wait a year?

Postby tourdeforcex » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:26 pm

what i would do: i'd retake December. if your PT average was 164-165 then you clearly have the ability to score around that +/-2. a 158 is significantly lower, maybe test day nerves, anxiety, all that.

i do believe the earlier the better chance of getting in. but that's the case w/ the same score. i think you can definitely raise the LSAT come December and when you apply w/ that higher score maybe 162, that's a greater advantage than applying now w/ a 158.

best wishes.

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