At the elite schools, even students with only 1 score in the 170 range, may get dinged. The numbers are only half the story. WE, Personal Statements, Character, LOR etc matter. So I don't think one can use LSN (self reported and suspect) to say that "even if the schools say they use higher they will undoubtedly only look at the average". That said, I think sometimes testers such as myslef with multiple LSAT scores raise a red flag. Some adcoms will question the studnets judgment and then scour the app for grade trends or anything else that might single a pattern of poor judgment. But then I have no hard facts, just inferences.
If it's a large school like Georgetown, they could ,in fact, take only the higher score into accound. If they admit 10 students with 160+174 combo it really is not going to affect their numbers.Some law schools say that they consider the higher LSAT score. I don't believe it. They have to average the score for the USNWR rankings and the ABA report. Also anecdotal evidence has shown that people are generally treated like their scores were averaged. You can write an addendum, but the 3.35/167 combination should probably be kept in your mind when choosing schools to apply to, not a 3.35 + some points for an addendum / 174 because they say they take the higher score.
ya mahn since they are supposedly beholden to the rankings it would make sense that they would use the average in the admissions process
and if you're really cynical about things then maybe they just tell people they take the higher score so they can attract more unsuccessful applicants and they can lower their acceptance rate
but that's really, really cynical, isn't it
That would be pretty sadistic. I wouldn't do that, at least under this username.
I will qualify my statement by saying that they probably consider it, but it cannot by the fact that it needs to be averaged, replace the lower score no matter what they claim.
You know what, I've honestly never considered that fact. I just know that a lot of posters LSD, LSN and on XOXO have been treated like an averaged score rather than the higher score, meaning there rate of acceptance was not noticeably higher than those who had their averaged score on one test.