Answer courtesy of PowerScore
Think carefully before you retake the LSAT. On the day of the test, after you're finished and packing up to go, ask yourself these three questions:
- Was I fully prepared?
- Did the test go exactly as I planned?
- Were there no extenuating circumstances either personally or at the testing center?
If the answer to all three questions is “yes”, then it might be a risky move to schedule the retake. The LSAT scoring is funny; there is no guarantee that circumstances will improve to the point where you will achieve a significant score increase, and you run the risk of actually achieving a lower score. However, if test or preparation conditions were adverse and you believe that with more preparation and study you will certainly increase your LSAT score, then study, prepare, and retake the LSAT a second time.
When you decide to retake the LSAT is entirely up to you and when you feel the most prepared to retake it. Keep in mind the different caveats regarding the test dates:
- February’s will not get to law schools in a timely manner.
- Taking the test in December means that your application won’t be complete until late January, in the middle of the admissions cycle.
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