The Argument For Not Cancelling Your June LSAT Score
You’ve finished the June LSAT. Now, you’re deciding whether or not to cancel your score.
Spivey Consulting recently discussed what June test takers need to know when it comes to canceling a score.
LAW SCHOOLS CARE ABOUT YOUR HIGHEST SCORE
It’s important to understand how law schools look at an applicant’s LSAT scores.
While law schools see all your exam scores, they’ll focus primarily on the highest score.
The reasoning? It’s good for business.
“the high score is what gets calculated into their median LSAT score, sent to the ABA, and reported to US News & World Report for the purpose of calculating their law schools ranking,” according to Spivey. “If a law school averaged applicant LSAT scores when considering candidates, it would be at a tremendous disadvantage to its peer schools.”
CONSEQUENCES OF CANCELLING
Experts say that it’s difficult for test-takers to accurately assess whether or not they’ve performed well or poorly on an exam.
“The LSAT is a high-pressure situation,” Spivey writes. “The test takers write the questions to be difficult and confusing. You’re stressed, you’re mentally exhausted. What are you going to remember most? The bad parts.”
Spivey says test-takers shouldn’t let panic push them to cancel their score.
Consequently, if you do choose to cancel your score, there are some consequences.
“Your law school report will reflect that your score was canceled at your request,” according to LSAC. “This advises law schools that you were exposed to test questions.”
Additionally, when you cancel a score, you don’t receive the score or a copy of your answer sheet.
It’s also important to remember that the June LSAT is what’s called a “disclosed test,” which allows test-takers who do not cancel their score to receive a copy of their answer sheet, testing booklet, and the correct answers.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to review areas of weakness if you plan to take the test again,” Spivey writes. “If you cancel your score, you lose that opportunity, as you’ll only be given a copy of the test and the credited answer sheet, not your actual answers.”
Sources: Spivey Consulting, LSAC