Should I cancel my September LSAT score?

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You have a few days left, but, if you’re considering canceling your September 2016 LSAT score, it’s time to give it serious thought.

Directly below, you will find a timeless classic of Blueprint videography, To Cancel or Not to Cancel, featuring Blueprint founder and certified LSAT-cancelologist, Matt Riley. Yes, the title is formulated as the famous soliloquy from Hamlet because it is basically the LSAT version of Shakespeare. Give it a gander, and then meet me below to discuss the particulars (or “particklers” as they say when considering cancellation in Bayou country) of canceling your score.



So, did you make up your mind? If not, you have six calendar days from your test date. (Before doing anything, please look at this page on the lsac.org website to make sure you’re in compliance with all the ticky-tacky rules about which these people like to be sticklers.) For regular LSAT takers, that deadline is this Friday, September 30th. For Sabbath observers, who are experiencing the horrors of test day today, that date is Sunday, October 2nd.

You can cancel online at lsac.org. Please give yourself plenty of time to cancel. Do not get the ball rolling at oh, say, 11:58 pm on the last day to cancel. No no no. Prepare, although you needn’t make your final decision until that day.

If you’re on the fence, you should know that most schools are focused primarily on a student’s top LSAT score, because that’s all they need to report to the ABA in their disclosures. However, if you’re worried about how a less-than-impressive first score will look versus a cancellation, contact the school(s) you’re intent on going to and just ask how they look at these things. Make sure you talk to an admissions officer, not the schmo at the front desk.

Feel free to check in below in the comments with questions about canceling, and we’ll do our very best to give you the right information or point you to where that kind of information lives. And if you decide to take the LSAT again, let us know how we can be of help! We have plenty of options for retakers, including some pretty great standalone LSAT textbooks.

One Response

  1. VICTOR says:

    I decided to withdraw on early Friday morning (3 am) after doing some long thinking. I was not scoring high (actually pretty embarrassing scores) to feel very comfortable to test on Sept 24. My thought process were all over the place. I sought advice from close friends (two of which were law school students). The consensus agreed I should test because 1. I needed the actual LSAT experience. 2. I might actually surprised myself with a good score. Alas, after long careful consideration, I decided to withdraw my exam (eat the money plus the the money I spent on changing the test date with prep course). The numbers do not lie on my practice tests and I was not very confident some logical reasoning questions along with some Logic Games. Furthermore, I felt I rather lose the money spent than have a low score, which goes on my official record. I am deciding whether to test in Dec or Feb. One thing I definitely learned: Complete devotion/dedication to study. I have a challenging job where I work weekends and overtime. It is not an excuse, but I have to put extra effort to the test.

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