I took the June test but cancelled the score. In October, I scored 2 points below my target. I don't think I did much better last Saturday ... What should I do?
That luke warm confidence, combined with the stigma of a second cancellation, has me leaning toward not cancelling. And despite what previous posters have said, I really think a second cancellation is worse than a score that is 1-2 points lower than the first score. Second cancellations may be excused for select applicants (i.e. URMs), but I'm not betting on it as a white male.
I don't think they look at 2 cancelled LSAT scores that badly, but that's from my personal experience. I took the LSAT last Oct, freaked out and had a panic attack on the games section, cancelled, and took the Feb exam. Didn't do as well as I'd been practicing, but good enough so that I can't say I have any regrets. Thought I could do better, took this Oct exam -- but messed up on a games question (the AD vs BC game). Had I kept it my score would have been around the same as my Feb one (having missed around 15 questions), but I didn't want to risk getting a lower one in the chance of a hard scale. You can explain a lower score the first time, but a lower one the second time looks stupid. Turns out I was right, Oct did have a tough scale, so glad I cancelled.But I didn't even include an LSAT addendum in my apps, and I haven't been blacklisted yet. On the contrary, I've gotten good news from Gtown, Boalt and Stanford.
Uh ... that would assume you actually keep 99 of those scores. If you'd cancelled 99 times, how could those 99 times "not be indicative"? It simply doesn't show anything -- except maybe a weird sadism or scary persistence. Law school are NOT liberal in this -- and for this reason they only take averages. I have 2 cancelled and one reported score under my belt, not 3 reported. Maybe you misundestood?To a prev poster: Maybe it's just me, but I don't think LS will be overly concerned with 2 cancelled scores, URM, Rhodes scholar or otherwise. When I applied I played it safe and applied to the schools where I felt my stats would get me in even if I wasn't a URM, but even with this mentality I didn't think enough of it to send in an addendum. People get nervous, people freak out, people have a bad day ... and why shouldn't they? It's the biggest test of your life, up until now! I just think law schools are a little more understanding in this regard than most people would think.
But back to the original topic --- yeah, that's tough to say. I'd find out from LSAC (pronto) the earliest date that you could take the LSAT again. Does that mean you only have to wait one more year? If so, maybe consider taking a year off?
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