I'm trying to decide whether to retake the LSAT this Monday and could use some advice. I took it a year ago (June 2003) after quite a bit of practice and got a 166. My practice scores had ranged from 168-178, hovering mostly in the low 170s. I wound up putting law school off for a year, and while I am not terribly unhappy with my score, I feel I could do better and am inclined to retake it. The difference between a 166 and a 171 could be decisive at many top schools.
On the other hand, I have not had much time to study. (I expect this fall to be even busier so October is not a good option.) Further, I am wondering whether my practice scores might have been higher because I was taking older preptests, which some posts on this discussion board have suggested tend to be easier. I have also heard that the June administration can be more difficult, as it tends to be the favored time for the better-prepared, possibly also lowering my score.
I did not have any identifiable reason (eg, noisy neighbor, uncomfortable chair, etc) that would explain my drop on the actual exam. Is it common for people to score worse than on any of their practice tests?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.