September LSAT: The Morning Cometh

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Ohhhh… poor baby. Your eyes are all bloodshot. Don’t get up yet. Here’s a glass of ice-cold water and some Advil. Go ahead, drink it down. I’ll wait, because I’m so proud of you my smart little LSAT taker, although you really let loose last night after the exam. In case you’re wondering, those new pants aren’t salvageable.

Feeling better? Good. Now let’s talk turkey.

The consensus on yesterday’s LSAT seems to be that it was something of a doozy. Logical Reasoning was, apparently, not too terribly out of the ordinary, with the exception of scattered reports that the number of Resolve questions was on the extremely high side.

Reading Comprehension, however, had pitfalls. Eileen Gray — an early 20th century Irish furniture designer and architect — has a whole new generation of detractors because there was a passage about her that was tough as lacquered nails. It was about her penchant for working with lacquer. WTF?

The star of the show, however, was a Logic Game about computers becoming infected serially with computer viruses. Reports are scattershot, but it appears to have been an Ordering game with some substantial twists. Luckily, there were only five questions associated with it, so even utter failure might not be fatal to one’s LSAT score. If you’re thinking of canceling on that account, don’t forget that it’s just five out of about one hundred questions on the exam. If you felt confident elsewhere, that’s just a hiccup on the way to getting into the law school of your dreams.

Now, on to the whole point of the Morning Cometh business, what now? Specifically, should you cancel that score?

First, figure out what your experimental section was. If you haven’t yet, you should try to gauge your performance only on the four sections that actually contribute to your score. You can see detailed discussion at the LSAT subreddit that will help you figure out which of your sections was a fakie.

Second, try to determine whether your performance was in line with your practice exams. It’s easy to interpret the fact that you’re a lot more stressed on test day than during your practice exams as evidence of the fact that your score was worse. That’s not necessarily the case. If, for instance, you usually tear up Reading Comp but you didn’t even get to the fourth passage, then you know that something went wrong. If that’s not the case, then you probably scored somewhere near your practice exam averages. If you were happy with those, you ought to be happy with your score, and so you shouldn’t cancel.

Finally, weigh the pros and cons of canceling. If you’re dead sure that you’re going to take December, then go ahead and cancel, although keeping your score isn’t as dangerous as it used to be. Most schools now focus on an applicant’s highest score, so a subpar performance on this exam might not hurt you too much down the road. And competition has gotten less fierce at some law schools (not really the T-14’s, though). So it might be that you can get into a great school without taking December even if you didn’t feel strong about this exam.

If you have any questions about where to go from here, throw ’em in the comments below!

2 Responses

  1. Nattalia says:

    This Sept will be the 3rd time I have took the LSAT. I scored 139 in October 2015 and I cancelled my score in June 2015.

    What is the overall consensus regarding taking the LSAT for the 4th time?

  2. Jeff says:

    I suppose it depends on the school(s) you’re applying to, but I would assume that achieving a score higher than 139 is weighed more greatly than the number of times you take the test. If you can score higher, just write an addendum saying something along the lines of “blah blah blah…This shows that perseverance is one of my greatest strengths…blah blah blah.

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