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Livinglegend and HYSHopeful,

Thank you both for your responses.  Again, Livinglegend, you make great points about financing; I am indeed thinking of scholarships and since I am aiming to attend a law school that (potentially) will cost a substantial amount, I'm weighing the possible gains in scholarships that would come with a higher LSAT against the odds that a higher score of only a few points wouldn't make as much of a difference for funding as I think it will.

HYSHopeful, you summarize my dilemma with the score quite succinctly: there's always the chance of doing worse on the test rather than improving.  I feel that my study habits in the months before the test were somewhat unfocused and sporadic, due largely to other events in my life.  At the same time though, I don't know if they made as much of a difference as I think such that would have netted me a score four or five points higher.

As for the schools I'm looking at, most of them place their median LSAT at 164.  Such schools include George Mason, BC, BU, UWashington - Seattle, UNC, W&M, UCONN, and University of Colorado.  There are a lot of factors that go into these choices, obviously, but in all cases my score falls in their range.  As with all law schools, they'll see all my scores, so a one-and-done 162 would likely look better than a 162 followed by a lower score.  On the other hand, a retake and a higher score of only 3 points would move me above the median for many of these schools (some into their top 75th percentile).  Decisions decisions.

I will definitely look into the resources you have mentioned, and give the studying a solid chance the next few weeks to observe improvement.  I can always back away from the test if I feel like progress hasn't been satisfactory.

Thank you both for your advice.  I'll gladly listen to any counsel you and others have to offer.

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Livinglegend,

Thank you for your reply sir, I appreciate your response.  You make some excellent observations, and after due consideration I am strongly considering just running with the numbers I have and seeing what happens.   The point about luck you make (guesses and so forth) makes a lot of sense.  I found my test to be very much in my favor (only 1 RC and LG section(s) and an essay question that I feel I wrote an excellent response for).  I certainly could take it again, but the possibilities of more challenging sections, combined with other unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances make it a difficult decision.

I am curious though about the impact that the LSAT score would have for my financial aid.  I'm intending to apply to a diverse group of schools (including possibly UW, which you're right, is on the West Coast, for a scenery change from East Coast life), but the schools I'd like to get into for their programs tend to have median LSAT scores above mine.  Does that diminish my chances for good financial aid?  And does it make aiming for a higher score more worthwhile if it can secure more scholarships/financial aid, or does the score have only a minimal effect when, like mine, it's very close to the medians and within the 25th/75th range?

I guess my question would be, how much do you and others find the LSAT score to weigh on financial aid when the score is very close to what a school accepts?  And is it worth it to try to score above their range for the sake of improving chances for financial support?

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Hi everyone,

I have a question that I'm hoping folks can provide some guidance or opinion on.  I'm a post-undergrad living in CT looking to apply for law school in the fall of 2014.  I took the February 2013 LSAT after taking a Kaplan prep course, and scored a 162 (85th percentile).  I also have a 3.71 GPA.

My question  now is, is it worth attempting to retake the test? 

Things to consider: my score was six points higher on the real LSAT than the practice test I took at the beginning of the prep course, and it matched my last practice test score of 162.  On the real test, I had to throw one game and one reading passage and guess each question, so I know there's a timing issue there.  I finished every logical reasoning section with at least a minute to spare to review a question or two, but because its the February test, I can't see what each section's scoring broke down as.  During the few weeks running up to the test, I slackened on studying habits, and came into the test knowing I didn't prepare as much as I could have (due to a lot of outside issues affecting my studying), and yet I managed to score well.  My score is by no means terrible, but it doesn't put me in the middle of the pack for schools like UVA or Georgetown (both of which I am interested in applying too, but both of which are possibly prohibitively expensive).  Other schools, like BC, George Mason, William and Mary, and UW are all within my range somewhere, mostly around their LSAT/GPA medians, but I don't top their scores by any means.

If anyone has any thoughts, could you offer some insight?

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