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Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)

Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:13:36 PM »
So...at the end of RC, I was rushing to bubble my last answers as time was being called and realized (obviously, too late) that I bubbled in 28 when there were only 27 questions, and no time to go back and determine where I messed up, although I think it was in the last passage, so 6 or 7 max?

Complicating factors?  I took the LSATs almost 2 years ago (barely studied and tried a new strategy on the actual exam) and got a 163, which is very low for my target schools.  I consistently (and only) get 169 - 175 on full-length timed practice exams, and even if I get the 2 points lower that people claim, that would be a 167, but I can't exactly afford a lower score than that.

Also, I was supposed to take them last October and then got called to Europe for work (I was literally on the plane during the exam) and I never rescheduled, so I also have one test listed as "absent" - I am not sure if that will hurt me, but I think it may show flakiness.

Ok...so if you are still with me and didn't get bored and move on - Should I cancel or keep it?  What is your vote?

TimMitchell

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008, 06:31:52 PM »
That's a really tough question. I think the scale on this test is going to be harsh, so 7 wrong answers could be a big killer. Although you can always retake in October...

If it were me I wouldn't cancel. Most schools do not average scores so it may not hurt you at all if the score is low. But that is really risky, maybe they do consider your lower scores at your school choices... I'm kind of 50/50, I can tell you if you do cancel you'll probably feel a lot better and less worried.

I think a short addendum would explain the absent, most likely will not be a big factor in admission's decision.

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Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008, 07:51:52 PM »
This is an email sent to me by and LSAC rep:

Dear EarlCat:

Nothing would happen - if the section only has 26 questions, the machine
will not register any answers for question 27.  The candidate would not
lose any points for filling in the bubble.  However, if the candidate
thinks that he skipped a section, which then shifted all of the answers
down, he would need to write to LSAC and request to have his answer
sheet handscored.


Rosalie Cho
Candidate Communications Analyst

For more information, please visit our website, www.LSAC.org, or contact
us at 215-968-1001, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM, ET.  Press
"0" when the automation begins to be transferred to a Candidate Services
Representative.

TimMitchell

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008, 08:00:27 PM »
This is an email sent to me by and LSAC rep:

Dear EarlCat:

Nothing would happen - if the section only has 26 questions, the machine
will not register any answers for question 27.  The candidate would not
lose any points for filling in the bubble.  However, if the candidate
thinks that he skipped a section, which then shifted all of the answers
down, he would need to write to LSAC and request to have his answer
sheet handscored.


Rosalie Cho
Candidate Communications Analyst

For more information, please visit our website, www.LSAC.org, or contact
us at 215-968-1001, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM, ET.  Press
"0" when the automation begins to be transferred to a Candidate Services
Representative.

Wow, I can't believe LSAC would be that accommodating! Also, did the really start with "Dear EarlCat"?

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Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008, 08:04:28 PM »
Yes, my parents were a bit strange.

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2008, 02:10:00 PM »
This is an email sent to me by and LSAC rep:

Dear EarlCat:

Nothing would happen - if the section only has 26 questions, the machine
will not register any answers for question 27.  The candidate would not
lose any points for filling in the bubble.  However, if the candidate
thinks that he skipped a section, which then shifted all of the answers
down, he would need to write to LSAC and request to have his answer
sheet handscored.


Rosalie Cho
Candidate Communications Analyst

For more information, please visit our website, www.LSAC.org, or contact
us at 215-968-1001, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM, ET.  Press
"0" when the automation begins to be transferred to a Candidate Services
Representative.

Wow, I can't believe LSAC would be that accommodating! Also, did the really start with "Dear EarlCat"?

Not too accommodating, they charge a fee to hand score tests.

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Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2008, 02:23:40 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how much does LSAC charge to handscore a test?

TimMitchell

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2008, 02:46:10 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how much does LSAC charge to handscore a test?

$35

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2008, 03:48:04 PM »
I wouldn't take my chances on a LSAT score when I think that I got 6-8 wrong just because of a bubbling error. What do you stand to gain by keeping it and not retaking it in September?
Rob

Re: Should I cancel? (Misbubbler...)
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2008, 03:53:10 PM »
Thanks everyone!  I have nothing to gain except satisfying curiosity and the random chance that I only actually missed 1 - 2 and still did well.  I am canceling and retaking in the fall.

Good luck to everyone getting ready for application season and enjoy these three weeks :)