Cancel or withdraw?

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malleus discentium
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Cancel or withdraw?

Postby malleus discentium » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:32 pm

I am registered for the June LSAT but I am underprepared. It is my understanding that a cancel is better than a low score (correct?) and since I am comfortable I will get an unsatisfactory score, I don't want there to be a score for this LSAT and instead will shoot for October.

At this point I can't be refunded at all, so to me it seems as if I may as well take it and cancel the score, if only for the practice. So my question is whether it's better to withdraw, given that I will walk into the test center planning to cancel the score. Is there some other consideration I have missed that would make withdrawing the better choice?

gracias!

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby Jeffort » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:01 am

malleus discentium wrote:I am registered for the June LSAT but I am underprepared. It is my understanding that a cancel is better than a low score (correct?) and since I am comfortable I will get an unsatisfactory score, I don't want there to be a score for this LSAT and instead will shoot for October.

At this point I can't be refunded at all, so to me it seems as if I may as well take it and cancel the score, if only for the practice. So my question is whether it's better to withdraw, given that I will walk into the test center planning to cancel the score. Is there some other consideration I have missed that would make withdrawing the better choice?

gracias!


Withdrawing is better because nothing will show up on your LSAT report law schools will get and because it does not count towards your limit of only being allowed to take the test three times in any two year period, whether or not you cancel.

If you are not ready, the answer is simple, do not take it and cancel, just withdraw.

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Clearly
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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby Clearly » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:02 am

The answer is withdraw now, to do anything else is a bad bad idea.

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:26 am

Clearlynotstefan wrote:The answer is withdraw now, to do anything else is a bad bad idea.

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby kaquino » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:44 am

You can also switch your test date and it have no ill effect on your record. This is what I did back in Feb. (but maybe you passed the deadline for that already? I'd check the LSAC and see what it says about test date changes)

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:00 am

kaquino wrote:You can also switch your test date and it have no ill effect on your record. This is what I did back in Feb. (but maybe you passed the deadline for that already? I'd check the LSAC and see what it says about test date changes)


At this point, that's the same as Withdrawing.

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby malleus discentium » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:59 pm

Okay so the consensus seems to clearly be "withdraw." But question. Why would it be so bad to simply take and cancel? I've read elsewhere that most schools don't bat an eye at one cancel, so what is the disadvantage to taking and canceling?

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Re: Cancel or withdraw?

Postby Clearly » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:01 pm

malleus discentium wrote:Okay so the consensus seems to clearly be "withdraw." But question. Why would it be so bad to simply take and cancel? I've read elsewhere that most schools don't bat an eye at one cancel, so what is the disadvantage to taking and canceling?

You're only allowed to take it 3 times in any 2 year period. If you cancel your first, you're only allowing yourself two. If you choke on your second take, you would face a do or die 3rd take. Plus even if we speculate that it doesn't really hurt to have a cancel, I suspect is certainly doesn't help, and it seems like possibly a negative talking point if the schools holds interviews. Plus, there is very little to gain when taking the LSAT if you know you aren't ready.




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