This is my LSAT story:
1st time: Studied for a week by looking over the princeton review cracking the LSAT. I was being heavily pushed by my family to take the test, as I am a pretty good test taker, considering I scored a very good score on the SAT with minimal studying, my family assumed I could do the same on the LSAT. I hadn't even looked up what a good score was, I literally went in with this being my first timed test... Yes, I was one of those people that literally had no clue what was going on. So, I scored a 152
2nd time: I studied for about 3 months but met a girl in my LSAT prep class. This distracted my tremendously as instead of doing homework before class we were hooking up at her house because her mom was gone. I was still in my post-college wanting to hook up phase, so I let myself get distracted. I didn't improve at all because of my class. Furthermore, the girl and I eventually became a couple and planned on going to law school together. She is a very bright individual and had already been studying for 3 months prior to our class, so she was already PT'ing in the mid 160's, while I was in the mid 150's. This caused me great anxiety as I truly thought this was the girl for me. Literally talking to each other every day about how our PT's were going and how she was blowing me out of the water freaked me the fuck out. Not to mention I was studying in the worst way possible, just taking PT after PT hoping that I could get a score close to hers. The pressure was terrible, and looking back on it, I was a fucking idiot... So I studied for about 3 months, but my studying entailed just taking a PT every other day and my review comprised of "oh, I can't believe I missed that one". Somehow I was able to improve my scores up to around 162 average. However, on test day I went into the test thinking "this is it" instead of "this is just another test" and completely threw out all of my strategies, as terrible as they were, they definitely would have helped me. So, I scored a 159
3rd time: So after going through all of that and being able to look back on how not to study, I really know how to properly approach it! I am not gonna let this thing run my life, I understand that you really need to maintain a regular life while you study for this. I am working full time, volunteer on the side, and am having no problem studying for a couple hours a day. I am actually practicing and studying properly this time. As I am now working on RC I am really starting to get it. I am using Velocity for this test and honestly, with how much I am just "getting" it now, I expect nothing less than a 170, I know I can do it.
Look at my LSAT history. I think a lot of people underestimate and just don't understand how many things can contribute to a score. My first test, I was one of those naive 0L's that thought "it doesn't matter what law school you go it". My second time around, I was stressed out of my mind and it completely destroyed me. I know that it might sound like I am just making excuses, but honestly, I know what happened and the effects that it had on my scores. I can't wait to take the test in June and really show what I am capable of. I am not going to sell myself short.
So yes OP, I definitely agree, why the hell would you not retake? That is exactly what I told my parents when they told me "Why don't you just go to Seattle University?" Well, that's the thing, I know I can do better with the proper approach and the right mindset, so shit, why wouldn't I take it again.