Should You Retake The LSAT? Consider These Factors

Should You Retake The LSAT? Consider These Factors

After August LSAT-Flex, according to a new policy by LSAC, each exam taken will count towards a test taker’s overall seven test limit.

When deciding whether or not to retake the LSAT, experts say applicants should consider several factors.

Gabriel Kuris, founder of Top Law Coach and contributor at US News, recently wrote about the top questions that applicants should ask themselves if they’re considering retaking the LSAT.

1) HOW DOES YOUR SCORE COMPARE?

Kuris says before retaking the LSAT, applicants should compare their score to their average practice test scores.

“It may be hard to match your best performance ever, but was your score more than two points lower than the average of your three most recent practice tests? If the result was roughly in line with your past tests, save your energy for other aspects of your application,” Kuris writes.

2) DO YOU HAVE A CONSISTENT STUDY STRATEGY?

The reality is that there will always be more room for improvement when it comes to prepping for the LSAT, Kuris says.

The important question applicants should be asking themselves, according to Kuris, is whether they truly think they can prepare more effectively.

“Is there a skill you have not mastered? Is timing or endurance an issue? Could a different preparation method produce better results? If your practice was not consistent, methodical and comprehensive, then there is more you could do,” Kuris writes.

3) WILL RETAKING DELAY YOUR APPLICATION?

Due to the fact that most law schools consider applications on a rolling basis, Kuris recommends that applicants double-check test dates to see how they correspond with application deadlines.

“If the next available test date is in December or later, consider postponing applying until the next fall,” Kuris writes. “As frustrating as that may be, it would be wasteful, risky and demoralizing to apply with lowered odds. Moreover, law schools discourage applicants from applying two years in a row.”

Sources: US News, LSAC

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