« on: Yesterday at 03:17:32 PM »
I just got a 168 on the LSAT (first time). I have a 3.99 GPA from an Ivy League, with a degree in biology. I worked all throughout undergrad and will have 2 years of work experience post-undergrad. I'm a white female.
I scored higher than my average PT but I was hoping to break 170 (even though I only got that on one PT). I self-studied for 6 months, and raised my diagnostic 6 points. I only got 3 wrong on LG, got the most incorrect on LR, so not necessarily a ton of potential for raising my score. I know there is no harm in re-taking, but it would be nice to spend the fall focusing on my application and picking the best school, rather than spending all my free time studying.
I am hoping for T14 with a good amount of money... Stanford would be nice but probably out of reach. I don't need to do Harvard/Yale, etc. I am happy with a mid/low tier T14 as long as the financial package is good. Is it worth it to re-take or are these stats good enough for a T14 school with substantial scholarships?
Let's break this apart into spearate components-
1. You've already spent 6 months practicing, and raised your diagnostic 6 points.
2. You've only ever scored 170 once on a practice test.
3. A 168 corresponds to roughly the 96th percentile (I don't have the absolute most recent numbers)- this isn't a straight scale, and the differences become more pronounced (or, as some might say, more variable) in the range above 165.
4. You currently have a 168/3.99, which should get you in at a T14.
So, what does that mean?
It's up to you. Is there a chance you'll score better? Sure! Maybe you'll get a 169 ... maybe even a 172! Or maybe not. But here's the thing- you'll be giving up time, money, and peace of mind. It's not just the registration fee for the LSAT - you're in the area of severely diminishing returns (it's not like you had a logic games issue). It already appears that you have derived a significant advantage in LSAT study; I don't think you're going to get much more, if any, and you're going to have to spend a lot of time studying the exact same dry materials. Like I said- diminishing returns.
I wouldn't do it. If I were you, I'd apply to your dream school (Stanford), maybe a handful of other T14s (for scholarship), and a few good schools outside of the T14 in areas that you'd be interested in practicing (because they will definitely be interested in giving you $$$$). Let it ride.
And congratulations. Try to enjoy the time before law school!