Third LSAT yes or no?!

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170orDie
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Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby 170orDie » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:09 am

Hi guys,
So here is my situation, I have taken the LSAT twice now, first the September 2014 test which i scored a 162 on. Knowing that I can do much better I reapplied myself and studied using various different study guides posted on TLS. I began averaging a solid 173 on about 7 tests in a row. So I went in taking this past June 2015 test with a lot of confidence. However, the night before/day of for whatever reason, be it nerves, stress, anxiety or all three I choked. First two sections I felt terrible, couldn't focus couldn't do anything. I got myself together and found out that the first section was experimental but I know I had to rush the second section (LR). LR is where I dominate, i typically miss just 1 on each section, and yet I feel there is a great chance that I missed multiple due to my rushing just to finish.

So now, I have two questions:
1) Should I just cancel this score?
My one thing thats keeping me from this is that although I rushed I am generally very competent at the LR so I'm thinking perhaps I owned the section even with my initial mental collapse. Also I i feel I dominated the LG section on this test which i normally dont,( I'm pretty sure I'll miss 2 at most and i miss 3-5 on average.)
2) How much does it hurt your application to take 3 LSATs? I'm looking for a t14, and specifically I really want Boalt Law school, or any top 8.

Some considerations are that I have a 3.6 GPA ( pretty low:( ) this is because I decided to double major in Poli sci and Comp Sci and I guess i couldnt keep up the stellar GPA im normally used to. So anyway, given my circumstances I'd love to hear some thoughts/recommendations from you guys!

Thanks!

PoopNpants
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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby PoopNpants » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:01 am

Don't cancel. Relax. if your June score isn't high enough for you, re-take in Oct. I don't think any school besides Yale would care much about 3 takes, it's really the highest that is what counts. I don't think you could gain anything from cancelling but you could potentially lose a good score, it's normal for people to feel like they under-performed on the real thing.

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Nonconsecutive
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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby Nonconsecutive » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:14 pm

Yeah, I wouldn't cancel based on your description. I felt horrible about one of my takes, and scored 175+ on it. Multiple LSATs didn't adversely effect my cycle, or if they did it wasn't to the point that it mattered.

Yeezus
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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby Yeezus » Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:37 pm

Don't cancel. I thought I completely bombed in December (think low 160s) and ended up with a 170+. I was really nervous and did horrendously in LG, which never happens, but ended up having the best LR and RC performance of my life without knowing it. I also had 3 takes, and will be enrolling at a T14 in the fall.

Broncos15
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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby Broncos15 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:09 pm

170orDie wrote:Hi guys,
So here is my situation, I have taken the LSAT twice now, first the September 2014 test which i scored a 162 on. Knowing that I can do much better I reapplied myself and studied using various different study guides posted on TLS. I began averaging a solid 173 on about 7 tests in a row. So I went in taking this past June 2015 test with a lot of confidence. However, the night before/day of for whatever reason, be it nerves, stress, anxiety or all three I choked. First two sections I felt terrible, couldn't focus couldn't do anything. I got myself together and found out that the first section was experimental but I know I had to rush the second section (LR). LR is where I dominate, i typically miss just 1 on each section, and yet I feel there is a great chance that I missed multiple due to my rushing just to finish.

So now, I have two questions:
1) Should I just cancel this score?
My one thing thats keeping me from this is that although I rushed I am generally very competent at the LR so I'm thinking perhaps I owned the section even with my initial mental collapse. Also I i feel I dominated the LG section on this test which i normally dont,( I'm pretty sure I'll miss 2 at most and i miss 3-5 on average.)
2) How much does it hurt your application to take 3 LSATs? I'm looking for a t14, and specifically I really want Boalt Law school, or any top 8.

Some considerations are that I have a 3.6 GPA ( pretty low:( ) this is because I decided to double major in Poli sci and Comp Sci and I guess i couldnt keep up the stellar GPA im normally used to. So anyway, given my circumstances I'd love to hear some thoughts/recommendations from you guys!

Thanks!


3.6 isn't bad....Its not stellar but not low.....3.6X's can get into Harvard

170orDie
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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby 170orDie » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:44 pm

Wow thanks for the replies guys! You guys gave me a lot of new hope. Was definitely feeling pretty hopeless for a while. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby KMart » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:13 am

PoopNpants wrote:Don't cancel. Relax. if your June score isn't high enough for you, re-take in Oct. I don't think any school besides Yale would care much about 3 takes, it's really the highest that is what counts. I don't think you could gain anything from cancelling but you could potentially lose a good score, it's normal for people to feel like they under-performed on the real thing.

This post nails it perfectly. Good luck OP. I'm sure you did great. If not, you have another retake. Don't waste a score. A low score won't hurt.

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Re: Third LSAT yes or no?!

Postby iamgeorgebush » Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:22 am

Don't cancel. Retake in October if you aren't happy with your score.




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