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Postby cunninghat » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:55 pm

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Ramius
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Re: Can getting a lower score hurt my chances?

Postby Ramius » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:04 pm

cunninghat wrote:Hi all,

I'm looking to retake the LSAT next week and I'm in a bit of a panic mode. Last time around I got a 171 and was hoping that, with additional prep, I could get 173+.

Recently my scores have been fluctuating along with my confidence- the last 5 tests I took I got 177 (PT 58), 172 (PT 60), 173 (PT 61), 174 (PT 62), 171 (PT 63), and most recently 169 (PT 64). Although the scores are still roughly 170ish, what is most shocking is that I've been getting sloppier and sloppier with LGs (going from -0s to -3 or 4) and my most recent RC i got a whopping -7. The inability to pin down and locate my weak sections (it's not like I'm only bad at one section- I'm making mistakes without a recognizable pattern) troubles me.

I'm fairly certain I can get 165+ even if I do poorly. In that worst scenario, do you think having 171 -> 165 would hurt me badly in terms of admissions? Or are they only going to view your highest with total disregard of the mid 160 score?

Thanks.


In this day of decreased applicant volume combined with only requiring the highest LSAT score to be reported, you should be fine. Don't sweat too much, go in with the confidence of knowing what you're capable of and give it a shot. The only schools who MIGHT care about your average are HYS, and in any of those cases, a 171 would be a crap shoot anyway, so you're really not losing anything. You know you can do it (you've proven it in PTs), so just give the test hell.

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Re: Can getting a lower score hurt my chances?

Postby nebula666 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:24 am

Schools are only going to look at your highest score. Good luck on the retake!

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Re: Can getting a lower score hurt my chances?

Postby star fox » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:03 pm

nebula666 wrote:Schools are only going to look at your highest score. Good luck on the retake!


Is this true for all schools (excluding I guess HYS which like to consider all scores since they can take their pick of people with over 175)?

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Re: Can getting a lower score hurt my chances?

Postby Typhoon24 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:27 pm

john7234797 wrote:
nebula666 wrote:Schools are only going to look at your highest score. Good luck on the retake!


Is this true for all schools (excluding I guess HYS which like to consider all scores since they can take their pick of people with over 175)?



HYS and columbia take a "Holistic" look at all your scores and decide from there. However, seeing the way apps have been down for a while, they may be keen to reconsider.

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Re: Can getting a lower score hurt my chances?

Postby star fox » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:31 pm

Typhoon24 wrote:
john7234797 wrote:
nebula666 wrote:Schools are only going to look at your highest score. Good luck on the retake!


Is this true for all schools (excluding I guess HYS which like to consider all scores since they can take their pick of people with over 175)?



HYS and columbia take a "Holistic" look at all your scores and decide from there. However, seeing the way apps have been down for a while, they may be keen to reconsider.


Good to know. Definitely a major cap in the "re-take re-take re-take" school.




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