If you aren’t fully prepared to take the LSAT, then you simply are not going to perform up to your ability on the exam. The LSAT is one of the most important factors that law schools take into consideration when making admission decisions (not to mention scholarship decisions). Furthermore, the LSAT is a learnable exam. You CAN achieve a significantly better score on the exam through preparation.
Withdrawing Your LSAT Registration Before Taking The Exam
If you haven’t prepared effectively for the LSAT, you are going to be selling yourself short… A 5 point increase in your LSAT score will allow you to get into better law schools (and might even land you a lucrative scholarship). The impact on your legal career (and earning potential) could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you are registered for the LSAT and decide to withdraw your registration, you may choose to do so. However, you need to be sure that you withdraw your LSAT registration prior to the deadline established by LSAC for your test date.
For US test takers, the following LSAT withdrawal deadlines apply:
June 2013 LSAT withdrawal deadline: June 9, 2013 (11:59 pm ET) [source]
October 2013 LSAT withdrawal deadline: October 4, 2013 (11:59 pm ET) [source]
December 2013 LSAT withdrawal deadline: December 6, 2013 (11:59 pm ET) [source]
February 2013 LSAT withdrawal deadline: February 7, 2014 (11:59 pm ET) [source]
Effect of withdrawing your LSAT registration
As long as you withdraw before the deadline, canceling your LSAT registration will not show up anywhere on your law school applications and law schools will not be aware of your decision to withdraw.
However, if you miss the LSAT registration withdrawal deadline, your LSAC file will note “absent.” This is NOT a score of zero, nor will it be factored into any reportable scores on file. [source]