Fevsi wrote:You don't even know how high is the chance of lower score in his case, so how can you be sure it will outweight a chance of moving from <75% to >75%? I thought this move is one of the most important jumps a candidate can make when applying, but correct me if I am wrong. Chance of lower score being unknown and prep. time being a personal issue, what would be other "cost" associated with retaking?
well that is the main problem: the chance of lower score is unknown. even if the poster regularly gets 177-180, i am sure that an occasional low 170's snuck in there. in fact, of 4 retakers with a 175, the average score was 171.8:http://members.lsac.org/Public/MainPage ... Page2.aspx
a "pure" 175 is a huge asset, and it would be a shame to taint it with a lower 170's score.
i have no idea about the value of <75% to >75% so I won't speculate.
I agree completely with the "pure" 175 idea. And this is completely my unsubstantiated opinion, so take it for what it's worth, but retaking a 175 has a few costs which could be substantial:
1) potential lower score on test day, which mars the original 175 and diminishes the accomplishment --think testing day irregularities, person with sniffles, proctor who messes up time
2) potential canceled score on test day, which I think would also mar the 175 as well
3) increased expenditure of time and energy on days leading up to test (preparation, test itself, waiting for score)
And all this for what? A marginal increase in your score? Relax, and see where you end up. You already are in the top 1% of test takers in the country. I suspect that there not many Adcomms who would believe that a person who scores a 178 is significantly smarter than a 175. At least no ad comms that have read Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" in any event. (see his discussion of the threshold of test-taking: the idea that once you cross a certain threshold, for instance on the ACT it would be about a 32, then there ceases to be any correlation between a one percentage increase in score and a requisite increase in the likelihood that that person will have greater success in college, ceteris paribus (I'm bastardizing this, but take it FWIW)..
My guess is that the threshold for LSAT score is about 174, and perhaps lower.