februaryftw wrote:Thanks for this - I've been lurking on this thread trying to get a better feel for my chances next year (median GPA, only one LSAT and its over 75th, so I should have a good shot), but the data out there can be a little misleading, so it is always appreciated when people explain their numbers or their application a little better. I'm not sure if I understand the rationale for even considering a data point 13 points below your high score - the low score clearly has nothing to do with intellectual ability - but the information is helpful and appreciated.
In Harvard's defense, I think it's fair to hold a lower first score against an applicant. Not surprisingly, I think my 176 is more reflective of my abilities than my 163, which was more than 10 points below my PT average before that test. Still, it's reasonable for a school to wonder about someone who needs to take a test twice to perform up to his or her abilities. As a 1L, for example, you don't get to retake your Contracts final if you are sick or had a bad night's sleep the night before.
I mean, I would have been more impressed if I had scored the 176 on the first try. It's more than fair for Harvard to have a similar take.