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Hi friends,

I apologize if this post is a bit lengthy, but I need some advice in light of my circumstances.

I wrote the LSAT a couple of years ago a bit naive and unprepared, and ended up coming out with a 147. After getting cold feet with applications, and instead spending the last couple years in a Master's program, I've decided to take another shot at law school. I've completed applications, and though I've indicated on OLSAS that I intend to write the LSAT in both December and February, I was hoping I would score competitively enough in December that I'm not relying on a last-ditch effort in February. In the week leading up to the December exam, I had been scoring in the 157-161 range, and was feeling quite good that this score would at least keep me in the race until I can potentially improve in February. 

Anyhow, I had a setback during the December sitting that I'm worried has left me in a bad spot for my applications. To make a long story short, I came down with a case of the nerves, and by the time section 1 had started, I had to use the washroom so badly that I couldn't fully concentrate. This happened in spite of the fact that I had used the washroom just before being seated. After getting about halfway through the section, I put up my hand and tore off to the washroom, sacrificing a couple minutes before coming in and completing the remainder of the section - save for about 5 questions. While I didn't finish any shorter of the finish than I generally do in prep testing, I'm worried that my focus was compromised and that I perhaps got some of the questions I completed incorrect. I'm also worried that this affected my composure for the rest of the test.

I wondered about cancelling my score, but given that one of the four schools I have applied to does not accept an LSAT score later than December 2017, I'm worried that cancelling might leave me in a worse spot than otherwise (i.e. only reported score would be a 147). I'm afraid, however, that if this score does indeed come out poorly, I will be a write off should my application cross any desk before a February score is reported. I suppose my question is: am I better off cancelling and improving in February, or should I let the score stand, and run the risk of applying with two poor scores and a (hopefully) improved one? I am just uncertain of what kind of red flags are raised if I have a record of, say, 147, low-150s, and low-160s versus a record of just 147, and low-160s.

I hope I've articulated the situation and my questions clearly - any help would be deeply appreciated.

Regards

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Don't cancel! You might end up cancelling a potentially great score. How you feel about it afterwards is really not correlated with score. I would continue studying for February if you think for sure you'll be retaking. Unless you think you misbubbled/guessed on half the questions, don't cancel. 

Also, I believe only Windsor will not take your February score. Ottawa will not necessarily wait for February's score either. But the majority of schools in Ontario will wait until February scores are released (if you've indicated you're re-writing in February), most schools don't send out regret decisions until late March/April. 

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If you stated that you are taking the FEB LSAT, schools will wait for that score! Don't cancel, learn from the DEC LSAT and start studying now! 

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Don't cancel the score! First, it could be a great score and you really can't know until you receive it back. Second, even if it's not what you're expecting, as PoisonApple said, if you indicate to schools that you're writing in February they will wait. 

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I agree - don't cancel! It's easy to feel like you messed up but maybe you will surprise yourself. Try to reflect how you did on each section individually without focusing on your section 1 washroom break. Ask yourself some of these questions when deciding: Did I finish the # of questions in x amount of time that I usually do? Did I misbubble? How did I feel about the sections after the 15 min break? Was I calm and focused on all other sections (excluding sec 1)?

It's pretty common to feel you did poorly and then when your score comes back, you may end up doing much better than anticipated (this happened to me). I can relate to your worry about having 1 low score - I had 1 pretty low score (many years ago) and then another more competitive score. I am hoping this will be the situation for you as well! Plus if you cancel, you will never know where you went wrong (if you did at all) and therefore might take on a study strategy for February that might not be helpful. I would suggest to not cancel! Good luck!!

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There's really no benefit to cancelling if you're planning to write in Feb regardless

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Sounds more and more with each post in here that success on the LSAT correlates to bladder size/ability. There are aspects of practice that sometimes seem to as well, LOL.

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Hey friends,

Sorry its been a while since I've circled back on this thread. I took your posts into consideration and ended up not cancelling my score. I got my results back, and while the score wasn't a home run, it was one that should make me a competitive candidate for some of the schools I applied to (and perhaps marginally competitive for others).

Thank you for all your encouragment! 

 

AE

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On 12/5/2017 at 1:25 PM, providence said:

Sounds more and more with each post in here that success on the LSAT correlates to bladder size/ability. There are aspects of practice that sometimes seem to as well, LOL.

Hey chief,

I wasn't really looking for a snide and sarcastic remark - just advice as to whether I should keep my score.

Thanks though!

Edited by leesdrew4

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2 hours ago, leesdrew4 said:

Hey chief,

I wasn't really looking for a snide and sarcastic remark - just advice as to whether I should keep my score.

Thanks though!

I wasn't being snide or sarcastic. I was making a light-hearted comment that I thought was sympathetic based partly on my own struggles to hold it during the LSAT and sometimes in practice.

Why did you call me "chief?" 

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2 hours ago, providence said:

I wasn't being snide or sarcastic. I was making a light-hearted comment that I thought was sympathetic based partly on my own struggles to hold it during the LSAT and sometimes in practice.

Why did you call me "chief?" 

The experience was rather distressing for me, and I came here for support. What you may have intended to be light-hearted humor actually sounded quite unsympathetic and came across as ridicule. In particular, your comments about LSAT scores' correlation with practice seemed to discount my efforts in preparing for the test. 

It was rude of me to address you the way I did, and I apologize. I suppose it was an impulsive response to what I perceived to be a condescending and belittling jab. 

If there are any hard feelings I hope they can be put aside.

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On 1/2/2018 at 2:00 PM, leesdrew4 said:

Hey friends,t

Sorry its been a while since I've circled back on this thread. I took your posts into consideration and ended up not cancelling my score. I got my results back, and while the score wasn't a home run, it was one that should make me a competitive candidate for some of the schools I applied to (and perhaps marginally competitive for others).

Thank you for all your encouragment!

AE

You can go for the Feb exam if you want

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2 hours ago, Luckycharm said:

You can go for the Feb exam if you want

Yeah I'm still going to give February a go - I'm confident I can improve.

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17 hours ago, leesdrew4 said:

The experience was rather distressing for me, and I came here for support. What you may have intended to be light-hearted humor actually sounded quite unsympathetic and came across as ridicule. In particular, your comments about LSAT scores' correlation with practice seemed to discount my efforts in preparing for the test. 

It was rude of me to address you the way I did, and I apologize. I suppose it was an impulsive response to what I perceived to be a condescending and belittling jab. 

If there are any hard feelings I hope they can be put aside.

No, I wasn't trying to be condescending or belittling. I think the experience of really, really needing to go to the restroom at an inconvenient time to the point that you can't concentrate on anything else and have to either humiliate yourself  by asking to leave the room or use superhuman powers to suck it up is pretty universal. I had this arise last week in a church service with my future in-laws, for that matter. This is probably not the last time that this will ever arise in your life, legal-related or not. If you're female, this will be a pretty regular occurrence if you ever get pregnant, unfortunately. There was another thread "Tips on the LSAT" where multiple people were advising future test-takers about how important it is to limit liquids and use the bathroom before the test and several people said that they had really had to go and/or had had to leave during the test, and some even discussed wearing adult diapers to the test. That's what I was referring to, and I assumed you had read that thread, but if you haven't, find it, and you'll see you are not alone. So I'm sorry that you read my comments as unsympathetic or trying to ridicule you - that really was not my intent. Apology accepted, and no hard feelings.  

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