I am feeling so bummed today about how the test went for me yesterday and am wondering what you guys think about a double cancel versus keeping a (potentially) low score.
I graduated this past May from a top-20 university with a 3.74 GPA and a double major in Business Admin and French Studies. This GPA does not include a 4.0 from my semester abroad in France, but I suppose this does not matter since law schools do not seem to care about study abroad. If it was included, I would have a GPA slightly over 3.8.
I self-studied for the LSAT using PowerScore books between July-Oct. I took the October 2011 LSAT and just could not seem to get through any of the sections since I had not been able to discipline myself to take enough full-length diagnostics to simulate the time pressure of the actual LSAT. I suspected that I had likely scored in the high 150s since I am precise on those questions that I get to, but was consistently missing the last 5 questions or so in each section. Given that my goal is to be in the 170-175 range, I did not have to think too hard about cancelling it.
After cancelling the score, I promptly enrolled in a Testmasters course that would force me to take more diagnostics and get more motivated. I continued to improve in my diagnostics and received a 168 on my final diag. Given that I was not yet at my target score, I decided to take the Feb LSAT instead of the December so that I could have more time to take diagnostics and fix those questions that were still giving me trouble. Over the course of the past month, I took over ten (timed) diagnostics and consistently scored in the 165-173 range.
Now flash forward to yesterday. I felt confident and did well in my first section (my order was LR-LG-LR-LR-RC), but then totally choked in LG. I usually get through three games (and maybe start the fourth), but get all of the questions correct. I got totally tripped up, though, on the pet-owner and W/F AM/PM questions and had to blindly guess on about 8 questions (versus the usual 4-5). I did not feel great about the second LR since I was still recovering from LG, but this was the experimental anyway. The third LR was only decent-- my memory of it is sort of blurred, but I remember that I did not get to a couple of questions at the end, plus there were a couple of other questions that I was uncertain about. The big killer for me was RC. I went into the section knowing it counted and knowing this was it-- I usually do well in my final section since I know that I will soon be done, but I just totally freaked out and could not absorb the words I was reading in the first passage. I skipped forward to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th passages and answered all of them, but did not feel like I was really "in the zone." I had to blind guess on the entire first passage. Given that I usually get (at most) 5 wrong in RC, this was just a total failure of an ending.
So what do I do now? I know that I need to re-take in either June or October since I know that I am incapable of doing as badly as I did yesterday again, but I feel like the likelihood of my having scored above a 163 is low. Would a double cancel look worse than a score in the high 150's or low 160's? Does my next LSAT count as the final third attempt or does the cancel not really count?
I am so disappointed in my RC freak-out and know that I am capable of succeeding at a top law school, but know I will not get in if I cannot control my nerves the third time around. Any thoughts about cancelling or not? I really appreciate it (and sorry for this book of a post).