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Hello everyone,

I have been lurking for the last couple months, but this is my first time posting.

I will be applying to McGill in the next week here, but I am scheduled to write the LSAT in January 2020 (the latest accepted test date). I worry that going through with the LSAT in January might limit my chances, as admissions will be offering spots as early as December, but my application will not be looked at until my LSAT scores are posted. 

To provide some background on myself: 

- I am currently in my fourth year of my Bachelors, with a CGPA of 3.75 (self-calculated with no class-dropping). Does anyone know if McGill drops any classes in the GPA conversion?

- I am a first generation Canadian (parents migrated from Peru) and I was enrolled in French immersion schools from elementary to graduating high-school (high school diploma in French and English). Therefore I can speak English, French, and Spanish.

- I believe my 2 LOR are strong and feel confident about my Personal Statement. 

My question is: what do you think my chances are of getting in if I apply with NO LSAT, given the information above?

Thanks in advance for any information or opinions you might have. :)  



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Everyone feels confident about their LORs and extra curriculars so it's hard to gauge. Your GPA was below median when I was a student. Mine was only slightly higher and I was accepted without an LSAT but that was 2009, so YMMV. Half my family are first gen Canadians (I'm first gen Canadian born from my Dad's side) so we weren't all that different. McGill doesn't do any drops. It's right in their FAQ.

December admits are for exceptional candidates - think of it as a pre-admittance. Most students are accepted in late January and onwards. You run a risk for writing January as McGill clear states as follows:

" Candidates who do write the LSAT are strongly encouraged to do so by November of the year prior to the year for which they seek admission. Applications from candidates who register for the January LSAT will only be reviewed by the Admissions Committee when all required elements, including the January LSAT score, are received. Candidates who register for the January LSAT risk that, by the time the Committee reviews their application, there will no longer be a place to offer even if the Committee wishes to admit. "


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Thank you for sharing this information- I found it helpful.

I think the best thing may be to postpone my LSAT and cross my fingers for McGill. Otherwise, some extra time to study for the LSAT could be a good thing. 

Thanks again.

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