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Stoney:
Hey everyone,

I received my first LSAT score yesterday: 144. I was testing well into the high 150s and 160s so I don't know what happened(flu and anxiety) but that's nothing... I feel like an idiot. I plan on re-taking in June and will aim for a 160+ considering I will have around 6 months to study. From what I understand, schools no longer average, but will that '144' cause problems? It's such a low score, it'll turn off any ad-com regardless of whether they average or not? I should've have cancelled, but I felt okay about the test..

Thanks a lot as always everyone.

Miami88:
It depends on a few things.

1) Your next score. If you get a 140 - then you are in deep. If you get a 175, you are doing amazing.

2) The school. Some schools will average all scores together. This is particularly stinky if you get a really high score. The good news is, however, that most schools don't do this - rather, they will either take the higher score and ignore the others or look at all scores together holistically.

3) Presentation. The last thing that will affect how a school interprets your score is how you present it to them. The majority of schools will already be asking for an addendum if you have multiple scores. This essay will be key. Be honest... but present yourself in the strongest and most positive light.

Overall, a higher second score will put you in a better spot than where you currently are...

Now... whether you should take the test again is another issue. At a 144, you have quite a bit of room to improve upon, which is good. However, if there really wasn't much you could have done better, than it may be a waste of your time to study and retake. If you were sick, didn't study properly, etc., then it may be worth it.

Good luck!

Julie Fern:
practice scores on real lsats, or fakes?

Stoney:

--- Quote from: Miami88 on January 03, 2014, 09:18:03 PM ---It depends on a few things.

1) Your next score. If you get a 140 - then you are in deep. If you get a 175, you are doing amazing.

2) The school. Some schools will average all scores together. This is particularly stinky if you get a really high score. The good news is, however, that most schools don't do this - rather, they will either take the higher score and ignore the others or look at all scores together holistically.

3) Presentation. The last thing that will affect how a school interprets your score is how you present it to them. The majority of schools will already be asking for an addendum if you have multiple scores. This essay will be key. Be honest... but present yourself in the strongest and most positive light.

Overall, a higher second score will put you in a better spot than where you currently are...

Now... whether you should take the test again is another issue. At a 144, you have quite a bit of room to improve upon, which is good. However, if there really wasn't much you could have done better, than it may be a waste of your time to study and retake. If you were sick, didn't study properly, etc., then it may be worth it.

Good luck!

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Miami88 thanks a lot for your informative reply, I really appreciate it. If I screw up again in June, I'm just gonna forget about law school, so it's really a 160+ or nothing for me. And yeah I'm definitely not going to apply to Yale or Harvard, but moderate schools in the 20s, and I'm assuming they most likely won't average scores. I just hope the 144 won't make them say "eww" although I might have a 167 on my retake..I have 6 months to study, so I'm really gonna change up my prep method and hope for the best. Thanks again!

Stoney:

--- Quote from: Julie Fern on January 06, 2014, 04:34:49 PM ---practice scores on real lsats, or fakes?

--- End quote ---

Hello Julie,
I took the real LSATs.

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