tamereth wrote:MumofCad wrote:First, don't panic. There have been 2 other people in this thread asked to explain an anomaly in their PT app. They wouldn't ask if they were just going to reject you, so there's that.
Second, write what is honest and keep it simple. If there is no reason, there is no reason. Just say you took the LSAT three times because your scores did not meet your expectations based on practice tests. Unfortunately, you weren't able to translate much higher scores on PT into an official score. No worries.
On the GPA addendum, make it mature and focus it on the positive. Try something like "As I approached the end up my undergraduate career, I was increasingly focused on out-of-classroom priorities....explanation of how exciting/interesting/etc your grad program was and that you had whatever sporting commitments.....then close with something like, With the maturity that comes from age, I now regret that I did not perform up to my usual standards in that less semester due to this loss of focus. However, I do not believe that those grades are a reflection of my ability as can be seen from the vast majority of grades I achieved throughout my undergraduate career." That is what I would do, along those lines.
+1 Good advice
As always, Mum is right. I myself was asked for more information regarding an incomplete/fail grade in my freshman year by Dean Hoye. However Mr. Hoye made it very clear that he just wanted some more information to verify the decision which the committee had basically already arrived at. I told him the truth, that I made a silly mistake and didn't drop the class as I intended, and he was very prompt with an admissions reply the next day. I would definitely recommend just telling them your story without unnecessary embellishment- they will understand that everyone's circumstances are different. Good luck.