Score reporting delay - should I include LSAC's letter?

Yes or no on including the LSAC letter in my file?

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Score reporting delay - should I include LSAC's letter?

Postby ab6126a » Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:49 pm

So when I took the June 7 test, there was construction on the roof above - drilling, hammering and lots of banging around. As a result, we started our test nearly 2 hours after we were supposed to and after the first section, we had the option of moving downstairs to a darker but quieter room. I stayed upstairs and don't think the construction impacted my score other than allowing me to become pretty tired by section 5, which is of course scored. I'm guessing that was my worst section on the test.

Anyway, I received an email from LSAC today saying I could have my score released or canceled but have to fax in a signed statement. If I have it released, as I plan to, LSAC will attach a letter to my score saying there were "less than optimal conditions" at my test site for the law schools to see. As I said, the delay impacted me a bit near the end but otherwise I think I did fine. Should I have the letter included with my score? What are the pluses and minuses?

I'm mostly concerned with having a cop out attached to my file, especially if I did fine. All thoughts on the matter are welcome! Thanks.

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Re: Score reporting delay - should I include LSAC's letter?

Postby bankruptedcasino » Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:54 pm

I had something similar happen to me last year. The proctor called the "five minute warning" five minutes too early in the first section, and corrected it three minutes later. Panic ensued in the test room, but that's a different story.

The way it was explained to me is that, first, your score is your score. Adcomms will not take the letter into consideration when calculating your index. HOWEVER, they look at it as a "soft score" which means if you're tied for admission with someone who has similar numbers to you they will give less emphasis on your LSAT because you obtained your score under imperfect testing conditions whereas your competition had a perfect enviornment with which to test.

FWIW, I elected to include the letter but I have no way of telling you how it impacted my cycle other than above.

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Re: Score reporting delay - should I include LSAC's letter?

Postby ab6126a » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:38 am

Thanks for your response! I went ahead and took the letter and I am confident it was the right move.




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