January LSAT – Post Mortem

For those of you who took the LSAT today, congratulations!  Here are a few things you may want to consider, regardless of how well you feel you did:

1. If you feel you did well on the LSAT, that’s great!  If you have not completed your personal statement and law school applications, then it’s time to get on that asap so that your law school applications are not delayed at all once you receive your LSAT score (in about three weeks). We already are late into the application cycle for Fall 2019, so you don’t want to delay at all.  If all of that is already done, then there is no need to do anything now, other than sit back, relax, and let yourself enjoy some well-deserved fun over the next few weeks.

2.  If you know you did poorly on the exam, it probably makes sense to cancel your score.  Remember that you have a short window of time in which to do that.

3.  If you are not sure how well you did on the exam, it may make sense NOT to cancel your score.  Please contact me at mark@scoreitup.com if you have questions about that.

4.  If you feel you did not do well, don’t despair – there is plenty of good news. The vast majority of law schools focus on your highest LSAT score, meaning there is little downside to retaking the exam.  The biggest thing to do is to be honest with yourself and evaluate WHY you didn’t do as well as you could have.  A key question to ask yourself, if you were planning on enrolling in law school for Fall 2019 is whether you are willing to delay law school for a year.  If so, there are some huge advantages in terms of retaking the LSAT, giving yourself additional preparation time, and being able to apply for “early-enrollment” consideration for law school in Fall 2020.

5.  If you feel you did not do well because you were not as prepared as you could be, give yourself the time to fully prepare next time for this exam.  Be diligent about your preparation.  You can take the LSAT in March, June, July and/or September 2019 and still have your application done in time for early-enrollment for Fall 2020.

6.  If you do decide to retake the LSAT, be sure you continue to prepare diligently for it.   If you relied upon “self-study” or only used an online course and didn’t find it fully effective, consider a different approach. I offer my ScoreItUp “live” and “online” courses throughout the year, and also provide personal 1-on-1 LSAT Prep tutoring year-round.

7.    Finally, although you have some important decisions to make, don’t stress about it.  Stressing about a test you already took will do you absolutely no good.  The only thing it will do is make the next few weeks of your life a lot more unpleasant, and you will get nothing in return.  You’ve earned the right to relax a little and enjoy the rest of your day!

Questions?  Please feel free to email mark@scoreitup.com.  Good luck!!

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