Confidence in Your December LSAT Score Waning? No Sweat

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The wait for an LSAT score can seem interminable. If you took the December LSAT, you’re in the thick of it right now. To make matters worse, your perception of your LSAT score may be sinking like a certain early-20th-century ocean liner, only without a soundtrack provided by Céline Dion. Losing confidence in your LSAT score is a perfectly normal, if disconcerting, phenomenon. Not unlike Miss Dion.

This all happens because you remember enough about the LSAT to sow doubt in your mind about your performance. On the other hand, it’s very hard to remember enough about the LSAT to reassure yourself about the answers to any LSAT questions. You’re also more likely to remember things about the harder questions, the ones you weren’t sure about, than about the easy ones. Hearing other people talk about the LSAT you took can make it worse, as anything you hear that sounds even slightly different from your assessment can make you wonder if you got it all wrong.

It’s common for all this to happen. It’s happened to me: the first logic game on my LSAT was an easy one and I blew through it in about four minutes. So when I heard something that made me think that maybe I had misrepresented one of the rules, I had to wonder. I thought I was right but I had no way of knowing for sure. I’ll just say I’m glad I didn’t cancel my LSAT score.

How to deal with this syndrome? First, don’t discuss the questions on the LSAT with anyone. You’re not supposed to discuss them yet, anyway. If you’ve heard anything from someone else that conflicts with what you remember of the LSAT, remind yourself that they might well be wrong and you might be right.

And since the deadline to cancel your December LSAT score has passed, there’s nothing you can do, short of covert operations at LSAC (not recommended or condoned), but wait. So try to get your mind off your LSAT score. Get to work editing your personal statement and finishing up all the rest of your law school applications. Make extravagant and extensive holiday plans with family and friends. Stay busy to keep your mind off the LSAT. Your LSAT score will most likely remain an unknown until next year, so don’t let it rule your life in the interim.

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  1. silver price says:

    You can obtain recent statistics for the law schools regarding what their median LSAT score was for last year’s admitted students. (A median means that the same number of folks scored above and below that score.) You can also obtain ranges: what percentage of folks with my score were accepted to which law schools. The ABA/LSAC Official Guide to Law Schools, found on-line at http://www.lsac.org, has a search engine that allows you to sort law schools by different kinds of data. This information is also available in the book version of the Official Guide, in the form of the grids provided by the individual law schools.

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