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Law School Admissions / Re: terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 19, 2010, 08:02:54 PM »
 I don't know how to thank you. Good to hear from an insider. For the long sample addendum you wrote, of course, I will not be using these exact excuses since then I would be lying, but I understand what you are trying to say and I thank you for giving me a clearer view of how an addendum should be written. I will definitely keep your advices in mind when applying this fall.

Law School Admissions / Re: terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 17, 2010, 07:43:48 PM »
Nealric & LawyerMD make good points, and this can indeed be a tricky area, depending upon your other factors, the admissions policies at that school, and, well, luck.  There's a strong argument to be made for simply emphasizing the positive and letting the chips fall where they may, betting that the high score will be the one used and the earlier/other ones fade to insignificance.  I'll contact one of my, er, contacts to see if I can get an inside scoop.

An update:  I've gotten back a response, and have two more I'm waiting from from top 10 deans.  Will wait until I have the fuller picture before posting.

Thank you so much. I appreciate your help. As an aside, I graduated from a foreign university, my gpa is 3.65, and I have some softs, but not extraordinary. I am Korean, which, I don't think can be classified as URM, I speak fluent French and have a few softs related to that. I was accepted at Fordham for fall 2010 with the 163, so I am guessing either my personal statement or softs have played a role.

Law School Admissions / Re: terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 15, 2010, 09:10:57 PM »
I dont really see how this is a "terrible" LSAT history. So you were absent once, no big deal, especially with the new LSAT rules, and cancelled once. I totally agree that you do not need to explain these two because then there may be a lot of explaining to do which may sound excessive when you combine the swine flew reason, with a cancellation reason, with why you scored lower reason. A 174 is an awesome final score and I think the only thing you have to explain at this point is why this is a more accurate reflection than the 163. Are you applying for 2010?

Good luck.

Yes and no, doctor! ;) I'm applying this fall(for 2011). But, I already applied last fall with the 163+cancellation. It's this February that I got a 174. I have been accepted to Fordham, which is also a decent school, and I almost enrolled.. but I took one more chance, took the February LSAT and here I am! Thanks for your encouragement. Good luck to you too!

Law School Admissions / Re: terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 15, 2010, 07:19:55 PM »
Thank you guys! I wasn't really asking for a random excuse, I simply wanted advice on how to make my history look less negative. Because I myself cannot understand the fluctuation... Your advice on emphasizing the higher score, forgetting about the cancellation while telling the fact as it is really helped me!

Law School Admissions / Re: terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 15, 2010, 05:59:43 PM »
I have a 163, 1 cancelled, 1 absent, and a 174.
Do you guys think I have a shot at a top 10 law school?

What will you be stating as your reasons for the lower score, cancellation, and absent?  (With your high score of 174, these reasons will be important, if not crucial.)

 For the absence, I caught the swine flu :( I was put under quarantine(in the hospital) so I couldn't attend the test. When it comes to the 163 and cancellation, I frankly have no good explanation. I always(and by always I mean ALWAYS) used to score between 168 and 172 on preps even before taking the test that got me a 163 so... I guess I was in a really bad shape. I know this may sound weird, but can you recommend any "reason"?

Law School Admissions / terrible LSAT history.......
« on: March 15, 2010, 03:20:57 AM »
I have a 163, 1 cancelled, 1 absent, and a 174.
Do you guys think I have a shot at a top 10 law school?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: High Diagnostic-->Bomb real test?
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:38:36 PM »
This is exactly what happened to me. I always scored between 167 and 172, went even as far as 178, but then I got 163 on the real test. I took it again and felt worse than after the first, so I had to cancel it. I took it this Feb for the last time, and I am expecting a higher score than the first two. For me, I think the first section made the difference. It's important that you do the first one without panicking. Another thing is that my expectation became much lower before the exam, thus the lower level of stress. But you should also know that my case is definitely exceptional. A great majority of the people I asked told me they got what they expected or even better. I guess I'm a pressure-prone person.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Panic on test date
« on: January 03, 2010, 05:53:22 PM »
The range of your scores is extreme and obviously not common.   The wide range of your scores suggests that some of your high scores were due to luck and that you may not actually know why you got certain questions correct. I also would question whether you were honestly and accurately keeping track of your time.  It is very unlikely that if you typically have several minutes to review your work, that on test day, you would not be able to finish any of the sections.

Can you do better next time?  I think that's something only you can answer.  I also recommend stress reduction techniques if the real reason for your lower score was actually panic-related.  

Thanks for your reply!!
Actually, I did score 164 once, but I scored 170-171 90% of the time. And I made sure to review all of the preps afterwards. About the timeframe, I always used the alarm clock on my mobile phone to have every second right. So I couldn't figure out what went wrong, which really bummed me out. But then, I never took any prep courses whatsoever, and started with the preps rightaway, so it is possible that I did not have a consistant and logical frame.

I also think it could have to do with my biological clock. I usually did the preps in the evening, and I almost never get up before 8:30am, so I think maybe my brain was not ready to jump right on the exam on the day of the test.

Anyway, thanks for your advice. I really should go over the basics and learn to manage stress...
Can any of you guys give me advice on managing stress?
Happy new year! :)

Studying for the LSAT / Panic on test date
« on: December 30, 2009, 09:41:28 PM »
I took all the prep tests from 20th to 56th, timed.
I scored between 164 and 178. Most of the time 170 or 171.
And then I took the June 09 test where I scored 163!
so I took it again in October, and I felt so bad after the test I just cancelled it.
On preps, I usually got perfect score on LG, where I always had 5-10min. to review.
In LR, it varies from time to time, but I usually get 24/26 and about 3min. to review.
RC is my weakest section.
I took the tests in Asia and on the day of the test,
I felt the test was way harder than the preps, especially LG.
I doubt that's true, but anyway I panicked, and didn't have enough time for any of the sections.
The funny thing is, I took the September09 prep before taking mine(October09) in Asia
and I scored 178!!  :o
Has this ever happened to any of you guys?
And do you think I can do better next time?

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