Why I Decided to Retake the LSAT

If you follow me on social media or read my last blog post on my LSAT experience, you'll know that I've decided to retake the LSAT at the end of January. Even though I've mentioned it a few times in several different places a mention of this, I thought I'd spend today's blog talking about how and why I chose to go through the stress of the LSAT again.

Related: My LSAT Experience

When I left my testing center in November, I felt incredible. I attributed it not only to having the huge weight of the LSAT finally lifted from my shoulders, but also to feeling confident in how I did and what my score would be in three weeks' time.

I tried not to spend too much time dwelling on the impending score release date--after all, the test was over and done with, and there was nothing I could do after it ended--but I spent the release day morning refreshing my email until one from LSAC appeared. My mom and sister were sitting behind me as I rushed to the LSAC site and looked up my score.

Although I know I shouldn't have been as disappointed as I was about my score (my November LSAT score is in the 74th percentile), I know I can do better, and have done better on previous practice tests.

I wasn't sure at first if I was going to take the LSAT again or not. I chose to spend the rest of that Saturday not doing anything related to law school applications or admissions, and then, that next morning, I went through my disclosed answer sheet and test questions to see what types of questions I got wrong most often, based on the Powerscore Bibles (which I used to study).

Looking over all my incorrect answers, I found that there was one kind of LR question I got wrong six times over the course of the LSAT. Calculating it out based on the scoring sheet, if I had gotten those six questions correct, I would have gone up several points and been within the score range I wanted.

Due to this and the time I have to study until the end of January, I chose to retake the LSAT. I wouldn't recommend this course of action for everybody--I wouldn't even be redoing it if it didn't seem likely for me to raise my score with the time I have between now and the next test. If you're in the same boat as me, make sure to carefully weigh everything out, including both the positives and negatives of all options.




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