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Chances for 2020 - Should I rewrite the LSAT?

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Hi all! 

I am wondering about my chances for a fall 2020 acceptance (I would be applying next September for the following year).

I am a NL resident, 4.0 GPA (87% cumulative, 89% L2), 157 LSAT, and extensive extra curriculars (volunteer work, campus involvement, part-time work throughout undergrad and full-time work in the summers at NGOs and provincial government).

Wondering if I should rewrite the LSAT. Thanks in advance!

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Hey!

As I'm sure you have seen, the average GPA/LSAT last admissions cycle was 3.66/161. Based on what you've said about your extracurriculars, combined with your very high gpa I would say you would have a strong file. That being said, if you're anything like me, and you want to mitigate anxiety/risk + can easily afford it (both time and money), it might be a good idea to re-write the LSAT. You don't want to have a bad LSAT nagging at you when you're putting your application together and since you have so much time till the admissions cycle you have plenty of time to practice and get up to your target score. 

Best of luck!

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58 minutes ago, LegallyBrunetteNL said:

This is great advice. I think I'll rewrite the June LSAT. Thank you very much! Cheers! 

As it has been noted already, with a stellar GPA such as yours your moderately below average LSAT would not suffer, and you're still a great applicant. That being said, also, reducing stress and anxiety by upping your score is always a good idea. For two reasons I'd say, for one, next September is still a little ways away yet, and you may aspire for a different school then, so having a banging LSAT score to match you're awesome GPA would put you in a great position to have your free pick of schools. The other side of it is that if you manage to up your LSAT score and you apply early in the cycle it can also put you in a great position for some big entry scholarships! So if spending the extra couple hundred bucks means you get an extra 5k in scholy's, sounds like a no-brainer to me.

That all being said you're in a particularly advantageous position right now too. This July there will be a LSAT offered that allows you both a free rewrite after, and the once in a lifetime chance to cancel your score after you get your score back. This is because in July they'll randomly assign test takers to either computer or classic paper-copy, as they're either testing it out or starting to make the switch to computers (I'm not 100% sure as to why exactly they're doing it yet lmao haven't looked into it tons). But this puts you in a great spot. Study your ass off and rewrite in July, cancel your score if you're not amped about it, and you could even use the free rewrite to write again in September if you think you can do even better! I'd definitely take this opportunity if you're already looking towards next year!

Best of luck!

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