December LSAT: The Morning Cometh

It’s the morning after the LSAT. As the hangover (whether from the LSAT or whatever you did after the LSAT) wears off, it’s time to reflect and look back on yesterday’s test.

By the reports I’m hearing, yesterday’s LSAT sounds pretty standard. There was some hard stuff, but nothing that made everyone scream in unison. And some LSATs have things that make everyone scream in unison. See this past June, for example.

It’s natural to wonder whether you should cancel your score. It’s normal to walk out of the LSAT test center feeling not so great. That’s because it’s a hard test, and it’s natural to remember the stuff that made you (figuratively) soil your pants.

But these days, law schools generally consider your best LSAT score. So if you literally soiled your pants, or you know you really, really messed something up (meaning you can recount how and where this happened), then maybe it makes sense to cancel. Otherwise, your LSAT score may be better than you think. It’s worth giving it a shot.

Since this LSAT didn’t have anything way out of the ordinary, you may be worried that the score conversion table, or “curve” will be tough. It’s hard to say what the curve will be, but it would be a mistake to consider only how weird things were. You could miss 14 questions and still get a 170 (the most lenient curve in recent memory) on the December 2011 and December 2013 LSATs, and neither of those tests had anything horribly weird. I’ll guess 13 wrong for a 170 on yesterday’s test, but we’ll see.

Once you know for sure that you’re not cancelling, all that’s left to do is wait for your score. Years from now, you won’t look back fondly at the time you spent refreshing your account page on LSAC’s website, and you’ll get an email with your score within a few minutes of when it appears online, anyway. So do your best to banish the LSAT from your mind. Work on your applications, if you’re applying this cycle. Go all out on the holidays. Distract yourself.

LSAC says they’ll release LSAT scores on January 5. If past history is any guide, you won’t have to wait that long. I’ll put my guess in for New Year’s Eve. You won’t have to wait to celebrate or drown your sorrows.

Chime in in the comments with how you’re feeling the day after, and happy holidays!

4 Responses

  1. Gin says:

    I didn’t literally soil my pants, but 5 minutes before the last section of the entire LSAT was finished, the one other person taking the LSAT (there were only two of us) decided to cancel his score. It threw me off big-time with only 5 minutes left and my last few questions on that LR section probably were compromised. As a result, I don’t feel as confident as maybe I would have had he not done that.

    I do feel uneasy mostly because I misread a rule in the logic games section and I had to redo my diagram. I make quick deductions and had to make quick educated guesses. I’ve done this on practice tests and come out okay, but I’m still nervous about this–probably more nervous because of the guy canceling his score.

    I don’t know whether I should just wait and see or if I should just cancel my score. I know the decision ultimately comes down to my judgement, but I’m worried about the whole concept of averaging lsat scores.

    • Greg Nix says:

      If that’s all you’re concerned about, you probably shouldn’t cancel. Most schools don’t average scores, they just look at the top score (because that’s all that school rankings take into account). If you’ve been studying for a while, the potential payoff of hitting your target score is worth the risk of falling a few points short and having to take it again.

  2. Edwina Wai says:

    Gin how were there only two people taking the LSAT in your room? That sounds awesome, ive actaully thought about requesting for a private room because I have ADD and I take medication for it

  3. Gin says:

    Hi Edwina,

    There were only two people in the room because of my location. I’m on a very remote island. I was surprised there was even another person to begin with.

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