Retake a 170?

What should I do?

Retake, then ED to NYU
11
39%
Don't retake, just ED to NYU
14
50%
Don't retake, ED to MVP
3
11%
 
Total votes: 28

vicuna
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Retake a 170?

Postby vicuna » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:46 pm

I have a 17x and a 3.7x at a non-HYP Ivy with decent softs. I'd like to go into Public Interest, but recognize that many rising college seniors have had similar aspirations, only to change directions once in law school. Because of said interest and my love for NYC, my top choice is NYU.

Though I was satisfied with my 17x, I was PTing at 171 and I only took about eight to nine practice tests over the course of two or three months. So, I feel like, with a little extra studying, I could hit the 172-175 range, thereby greatly increasing my chances at NYU. However, I am remotely satisfied with MVP and would obviously prefer to apply in September rather than wait until after my October score is released.

So, the dilemma: should I hit the books for a couple more months and shoot for the mid-170s and then ED to NYU or forgo the retake, ED to NYU anyway, cross my fingers, and be content with admission into MVP (perhaps with a bit of money)? Or, the nuclear option, should I just ED to Michigan, Virginia, or Penn and call it a day?

Thanks for any votes and/or responses.
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WestOfTheRest
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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby WestOfTheRest » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:20 am

If your not happy with your score retake. But make sure you are prepared enough to do better.

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kazu
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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby kazu » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:44 am

Why do you feel as if you *have* to ED somewhere? Your numbers are pretty solid for MVP, and if you ED anywhere you're less likely to attend LS with scholarship money.

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Emma.
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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby Emma. » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:05 am

If you are confident you can do better you should start studying now and see how your PTs go. A few months of work for your retake could be the best investment you have ever made once scholarships are being awarded.

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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby hax123 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:11 am

Retake.

If you improve, you'll have better chances at every law school, and you may be able to get into Columbia. If you take the test and don't think that you scored above 170, then just cancel. I highly doubt that a 170 with a cancel will be treated differently from a 170 without a cancel.

vicuna
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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby vicuna » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:48 pm

Anyone who voted against a retake care to share their rationale?

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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby Justiceinbrothel » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:55 pm

vicuna wrote:I have a 170 and a 3.7 at a non-HYP Ivy with decent softs. I'd like to go into Public Interest, but recognize that many rising college seniors have had similar aspirations, only to change directions once in law school. Because of said interest and my love for NYC, my top choice is NYU.

Though I was satisfied with my 170, I was PTing at 171 and I only took about eight to nine practice tests over the course of two or three months. So, I feel like, with a little extra studying, I could hit the 172-175 range, thereby greatly increasing my chances at NYU. However, I am remotely satisfied with MVP and would obviously prefer to apply in September rather than wait until after my October score is released.

So, the dilemma: should I hit the books for a couple more months and shoot for the mid-170s and then ED to NYU or forgo the retake, ED to NYU anyway, cross my fingers, and be content with admission into MVP (perhaps with a bit of money)? Or, the nuclear option, should I just ED to Michigan, Virginia, or Penn and call it a day?

Thanks for any votes and/or responses.

Life is well beyond the LSAT and score hype. Just join any school and start your public interest career. Work to finish disparities in this World. Be an Alexender Hamilton of Judiciary. Design a new judicial architecture and help remove anarchy and chaos prevailing in this world. Find a good cause for pursuance of law degree. Don't just look for career, bill rate, timesheet, law firm, Bar exam etc but align your personal goals with global goals and this is Harvard's modusoprendi. Why can't governments enforce laws in various countries? There are many areas where fresh legal talent can do great job while making money and achieving thier personal goals.

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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby legalease9 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:57 pm

Don't retake a 170. Just don't. Its too high to where you can reasonably expect to do better, especially with your PT's of 171.

WestOfTheRest
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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby WestOfTheRest » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:20 pm

legalease9 wrote:Don't retake a 170. Just don't. Its too high to where you can reasonably expect to do better, especially with your PT's of 171.

I don't agree with this at all, AT ALL. If you are committed to getting a higher score and get to a pt range that is significantly higher than your old one, then you should definitely retake. All the people I know who put the effort into retaking a 170+ have done significantly better, including myself. My friend retook a 172 and scored a 177, my other friend retook a 174 and walked away with a 179, and I retook a 171 and scored a 177. If you are certain you can do better, definitely retake, and don't let anyone on this forum tell you otherwise.

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Re: Retake a 170?

Postby hax123 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:59 pm

CastleRock wrote:I don't agree with this at all, AT ALL. If you are committed to getting a higher score and get to a pt range that is significantly higher than your old one, then you should definitely retake. All the people I know who put the effort into retaking a 170+ have done significantly better, including myself. My friend retook a 172 and scored a 177, my other friend retook a 174 and walked away with a 179, and I retook a 171 and scored a 177. If you are certain you can do better, definitely retake, and don't let anyone on this forum tell you otherwise.


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