Cancel my LSAT score? Don’t? Help!

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Congratulations on finishing the June LSAT! For some, completion of the test is a cathartic and happy experience. For others, it is accompanied by dread and anxiety. If you’re in the latter camp, you might be thinking about cancelling your score. This post is dedicated to helping you understand how to go about making that decision and, if necessary, how to cancel your score.

The process for cancelling your score is as follows: you sign into your LSAC account within six days after taking the test and cancel your score on the LSAT status page. You won’t be able to see your results or learn anything about your performance. Essentially, cancelling your LSAT is kind of like waking up after a night of partying with someone in your bed, and kicking that person out before you see their face—it might be the right decision, but you’ll probably always have questions.

Before we go any further, I just want to note that it is completely normal to feel some anxiety about your LSAT performance. You’ve probably been furiously preparing for the test for months, and you have a lot riding on the outcome. I, personally, was a nervous wreck after I took the test. I thought I had blown it, and I was sure I should just go ahead and cancel. I decided not to for a few reasons.

First, I didn’t have anything particularly out of the ordinary happen on test day. For example, I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t distracted by anyone or anything in the test room, and I didn’t have temporary amnesia preventing me from remembering my study methods. If you’re just generally anxious, without a specific, viable reason, then you probably shouldn’t cancel. If, however, something completely beyond your control happened that impaired your ability to perform at your highest level, it is something worth considering.

Second, I didn’t know with certainty that I had blown any of the section. I was a little short on time for one, and I didn’t love some of my answers, but I did bubble an answer for every question and I had time to read all of the questions before doing so. If you ran out of time, incorrectly bubbled your answers, or in some way messed up (and you know you messed up), then you might have viable grounds for cancelling.

If you don’t find yourself in either of these situations, then I would probably stick it out and wait. Law schools no longer average scores or even pay much attention at all to a low LSAT score. The current U.S. News and World Report rankings only take into account a student’s highest score, and, given that law schools seem primarily concerned with those rankings, it isn’t a big deal if you have a lower score. Consequently, unless you have a real, identifiable reason for cancelling, you should wait to get your score. You can study again if need be, but you’ll have a better sense of the areas to improve on.

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