Should I cancel my score?

James2010
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Should I cancel my score?

Postby James2010 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:29 pm

Hi,

I think I might have posted in this in the wrong section b4 so reposting here:

Graduated from Georgetown in 2008 as a transfer, Degree Granting GPA - 3.67, Major GPA 3.85, Cumulative GPA (including prior transfer credits) 3.9.

When I was in College I signed up for the LSAT but in the middle of working, RA, finals/senior thesis ect. didn't go through with it and didn't cancel and received an absence (regret that a lot!).

Since then I've had 2 years of work experience on political campaigns (press), at a political consulting firm and in corporate philanthropy/political affairs.

I live in LA now and would like to stay in California - my top schools are UCLA and Boalt.

I am planning on also applying to USC, Hastings, UVA, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington (wanted to give myself a range of reach schools/safeties ect.)

Took an LSAT class and felt pretty good about reading comprehension and LR but consistently had a very tough time with logic games. On my last four practice tests I got 165, 165, 168 and 166. On most of those tests I missed 5-10 on games and 0-4 on each of the other sections.

On test day I feel like I had a very bad games section - I misdiagramed a rule on a seven question game (as a result I think I got most or even all questions wrong on that game) and rushed the others (not sure if I mostly got those or mostly didn't). The other sections felt about the same as normal.

I feel like there is a definite possibility this score will be beneath all 4 of my recent practice tests. Then again I am usually hard on myself.

I am assuming I will be retaking it in October.

So here is my question -knowing what I know - with the schools I am looking at - should I cancel this score this weekend or let it ride and take it again in October?

Thanks for any advice you can offer!

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Re: Should I cancel my score?

Postby mst » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:24 pm

NYU, Columbia (I think), Boalt (I think) and Stanford will average your LSAT scores, and if you got in the low 160's, this basically means you will not get in those, without getting like... 180 next time.

The rest generally don't care about 1 lower score if you have a high score along with it.

How this applies to your case with 1 absence I don't really know, that might add a twist to it, and I don't feel giving you advice without knowing how that will effect things.

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Re: Should I cancel my score?

Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:38 pm

mst wrote:NYU, Columbia (I think), Boalt (I think) and Stanford will average your LSAT scores, and if you got in the low 160's, this basically means you will not get in those, without getting like... 180 next time.

The rest generally don't care about 1 lower score if you have a high score along with it.

How this applies to your case with 1 absence I don't really know, that might add a twist to it, and I don't feel giving you advice without knowing how that will effect things.


Berkeley has apparently changed their policy and now looks at the highest score. About halfway down on the TLS interview with their Dean of Admissions.

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Re: Should I cancel my score?

Postby James2010 » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:16 am

Got a 167-

-10 on the games like I thought but everything else turned out alright...

May retake but am glad I didn't cancel.




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