The Morning Cometh: The June 2010 LSAT Aftermath

BPPdave-lsat-blog-sunriseAnd…the world has continued to turn. People have continued to eat, drink, and be merry. The oil refining arm of Blueprint has continued to languish in incompetence as oil gushes into the waters off the Gulf Coast.

In short, life has gone on after the LSAT.

Or has it?

Judging by the clientele at the Blueprint post-LSAT shindig last night, there will be some serious navel-gazing throughout the next few weeks as the cancellation deadline comes and goes (and also likely some semi-serious hangovers this morning).

There was some crazy game about mulch that threw a bunch of people, and in general, games appeared to crush the hopes and dreams of many. The LR and RC didn’t sound like it was the worst, although Matt’s beloved bees apparently showed up again. But once games dropped the hammer, people were rattled.

As we tried to caution people last night, everyone feels like they were hit by a Mack truck immediately after the LSAT. The anxiety and second-guessing is normal. Unless you know you completely mis-bubbled a section, or know that you had to bubble in “D” for two entire reading comprehension passages, it’s tough to determine exactly what the damage is. Check out our featured video on canceling on the right side of this site. Try to think about how you performed rationally and calmly before making a decision on canceling.

For now, be glad that you’re done, and that you managed to get through it. Merely sitting for the test without becoming a pool of nerves on the floor is something to be proud of.

Keep the comments rolling. Let us know if you’re thinking of canceling. Maybe we can talk you off the ledge.

16 Responses

  1. San Diego says:

    i am not cancelling! don’t do it people! unless you didn’t take a blueprint course (shame on you then) or did take blueprint course but didn’t do the work.

    if you studied hard, and didn’t have a 104 degree fever on test day (or the like), then don’t cancel. you worked hard, and i’m sure it will pay off.

    the interwebs are always filled with miss cleo predictions about the curve, about ‘finding’ bad questions, and ‘ZOMG that was teh H@rd3st gamez section evah!!’

    99% of that is always crap. everyone is experiencing PTSD and nightmare-ish flashbacks of the test will convince you that you got a 120.

    just remember, one tough game won’t ruin your score. you most likely did not miss every question on game 4, or on the tough reading passages.

    try to think about something else. go to the beach, vegas, new zealand. find a new hobby, join a sports team, hell get married! anything to keep you busy till the 28th.

    :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am one of those people who are seriously thinking of canceling. Never before has a LG section given me so much trouble. At most I miss maybe 2 or 3, but on good days I miss 0 questions on logic games. This games section was disturbing and I also think it affected my performance on a lengthy and somewhat difficult reading comprehension section.

    By the time I figured out the game involving mulch (after misreading a rule in the fourth game) I was screwed even with the extra time I had given that the first two games were really quite simple and deceiving.

    On days that I have scored really well games sections have been perfect. Though I do think I did slightly better on LR then I normally do – I am not sure if it will make up enough for blowing games, which I normally need to be perfect to get in the high 160s – low 170s.

    If someone could tell me why I shouldn’t cancel, I would be glad to hear it.

  3. Brett says:

    “As we tried to caution people last night, everyone feels like they were hit by a Mack truck immediately after the LSAT. The anxiety and second-guessing is normal. Unless you know you completely mis-bubbled a section, or know that you had to bubble in “D” for two entire reading comprehension passages, it’s tough to determine exactly what the damage is.”

    Can’t tell you how much relief that bit just provided me.. thank you.

  4. Sarah says:

    If most schools take the high score, and if I am planning on taking it again in October, then what is the purpose of me canceling this score? Even though I know I didn’t do as well as I could have done, or as well as I had been scoring on my practice tests, there is a good chance that I scored high enough to be admitted into one or two schools of my choice. Is it better to cancel this score and start anew, or should I keep it and try to score higher in October?

  5. vsm says:

    I’m also pretty sure that I am going to cancel. I’m one of those people that misinterpreted the critical word on game 4 and didn’t realize my rules and deductions were wrong until the 3 or 4th question (see this if you don’t know what I’m talking about. http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=119773) So instead of getting a typical 2 (good day) – 4 (bad day) wrong on LG I filled in C or D for about 8+ answers (almost all of game 4 and a couple of other ones I didn’t make it back to).

    This is all very frustrating because I did all of the Blueprint homework and was scoring consistently in my target range and it came down to one word. I’m pretty frustrated because though I’m sure the correct meaning would have been clear with a leisurely read of the question, at LSAT pace it wasn’t clear to me. It doesn’t help that my current profession uses this word to mean the alternative (ie wrong) meaning. So I’ll be back in October unless anyone has any other good advice. I just hope I don’t misread again, since it is my last chance to do well.

  6. Mila says:

    I feel the same way. LG is usually my strongest section and I usually finish with 10 minutes left…That LG section completely screwed me over, unless I guessed really well. I’m still not cancelling, feels like it would be a waste of 6 hours.

  7. Kristin says:

    Was actually convinced I was going to cancel… but the Riley vid talked me off the ledge.

    Watch it, people! Think twice!!

  8. citrustang says:

    Thanks for speaking up vsm. There are a lot of people who had the same experience on the LG section, and even if you are merely part of a vocal minority, I think you have sufficient grounds to write an official challenge to the LSAC.

    There are some who may try to dissuade you from doing so, but their reasons are multifarious and mostly irrelevant: some fear negative consequences to their own scores, some disagree with you, some are worried you might successfully delay score reporting, some did not share in your experience, and some are unconvinced anything can happen since this situation completely lacks precedent.

    At the end of the day, the people who were affected by what they can reasonably consider ambiguous language should write the LSAC. As the saying goes, “speak now or forever hold your peace.”

  9. Dave says:

    Anonymous,

    As a general rule, a canceled test is better than a bad LSAT score, but it really comes down to how bad you think you did. If, after going through Matt’s video on the right hand side, you still feel you scored substantially lower than your normal practice exam (not just your highest, but generally what you were doing on practice exams in the two or three weeks prior to the exam), then it’s probably best to cancel. One cancellation of an LSAT is not a big deal, and if you’re planning on retaking in October, then it shouldn’t derail you as far as admissions go. But be absolutely sure that you’ll have time to prepare for the test in October, or else you might face another tough situation.

    Brett,

    Glad to help, man, glad to help.

    Sarah,

    Unfortunately, last time we checked, it’s actually an iffy proposition whether most schools take the highest score. Really, you should call the schools you’re interested in and find out what their metric for LSAT scores is. Some take the highest, some take the average, some won’t disclose what they do. But it’s far from a “most” do anything proposition. As I said to anonymous, a canceled score is better than a bad LSAT score. Again, it depends on how poorly you think you did after considering it calmly and rationally, and further, how well prepared you think you can be when or if you take it again.

    VSM,

    That’s kind of the horror story that’s tough to deal with on test day. I’d caution you to really think it through using Matt’s video to figure out how many you missed on other sections and how that compares to your usual score, but it sounds like you just had a tough time on test day. October is not a bad option, and you still have pretty much the same advantages as June as far as admissions go. Let us know what your plans are.

    Mila,

    Rod echoes your thoughts in his most recent blog post, if you want to check it out.

    Kristin,

    Appreciate that.

  10. Elyse says:

    So say you were doing generally on average 164-166 range. Say you think that you messed up on RC after being shaken by the games section.

    I can recall the games word for word – did them on my own at home and realized that what I deduced during the test may have been right after all. (I ran out of time to check my answers to the last three questions on the fourth game and know I missed one for sure because I was going to change it when time was called).

    Say LR went better than normal. Am wondering if I should still cancel? The problem is I have a low score on record but I really wanted to hit my 164-166 range (at least) on this exam. Any help would be great. Thanks.

  11. Dave says:

    Elyse,

    First, I’d suggest doing the exercise Matt talks about in the video. You’ll want to see if LR went better enough on this test to counteract the reading comprehension section. If it did, then you’re probably ok. If it didn’t, and you need this score to be a 164 to 166 to counteract your first low score, then canceling might be your best option. Sorry to be so equivocal, but it really does depend on your ability to gauge the number of questions you missed on LR vs. the number of questions you missed on RC.

    Brutal, I know. Let us know what you end up doing.

    -Dave

  12. Elyse says:

    Dave,

    Thanks for that. I did the little exercise in the video and came back with a range of possible scores from 167-160. Now the higher end I would be happy with. But the lower end I would not be…

    So now I am debating more than ever. The video is not clear on what should happen if you are the person that is in the middle…

  13. Anonymous says:

    I did the exercise in the video and I have a range from 168 – 162… I would be kind of happy with a 168 but it is lower than I was consistently getting on practice tests. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up canceling my score and giving it another go.

  14. S says:

    My recap: got thrown off on the 3rd game (guessed 2). Misread the word on the 4th game and ran out of time (guessed on all of them). The next LR was terrible in the middle due to my inability to focus after just guessing on 7 LGs.

    CANCELLING: OCTOBER 9th – my last attempt – here I come.

  15. VSM says:

    It’s done. I faxed my form in to cancel. It is sad because I really didn’t think I’d cancel but the Games misread resulted in such a horrible amount of LG guessing, I need to invoke perfection on my other sections to get in the range I want. They felt good, but not let’s-bet-law-school-on-perfection-good.

    I’d love to hear how you guys that are retaking are planning on studying. I think I’ll take July off, do some game work in August, and really study in September. I was in the high 160s, low 170s before the exam, so I don’t have any major concepts to work over, but I want to keep my LR and RC skills and go in feeling more confident in games. Sadly, though I used up most of the supplement already so I’ll have to get out an eraser. At least October will be in the morning, that should be so much better.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I canceled my score as well and was wondering the same thing about approaches to keep on studying even though I’ve already used most of the study materials. Does anyone have any helpful tips? Or maybe this could be a good blog post.

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