Finally back on LSD! Yayyy!
So here's my two cents on this whole October LSAT retake or my life is over shizzzz:
If this is your second test, I'm not posting in reference to you, because I don't really know how to advise based on my experience having taken only one.
However, if October 08 was your first, and you performed comparably to me, which was around 7 points lower than your practice average (PT 172; Real: 165), then maybe what I say will help ease the reality check.
First, take some time off to think about whether you can do better. Did you miss questions all on one RC passage? Was your timing off? Did you zonk out in the fifth section because you practiced with four-section tests? Or was it something less concrete, something less addressable?
For me, I was devastated when I first saw my score. However, I realized that while I might not get into a T14 with it, it still is good enough to get me into a number 15/16, which isn't the end of the world. Repeat: not going to a T14 isn't the end of the world.
This realization in mind, and knowing that many of my mistakes occurred at the ends of sections (rushing, timekeeping problems), I became less stressed about the whole retake thing. I know I have a decent test score under my belt, and the world won't come crashing down into pieces if I don't hit exactly where I want. I believe this lack of pressure to perform will ironically help me do better on my retake.
I will be retaking, however, in June 09. I know that rushing to retake in December will not yield some magical 7 point increase, and I also know that postponing applying to law school for a year will help me save money to pay off that 1L year that I won't be working (probably), and will also give me additional life/job experience that actually may boost my admissions chances. Perhaps a year off for some of you could help as well?
Anyway, so that's where I'm at with this process. My 2 cents on the matter, I know this is a stressful and crazy time for many of you, and I wish you all the BEST of luck!