So what should you do? Here is what to do if…
…You Killed It and Scored Right Around Your Practice Average
You got the score you want. Congrats, you have won the LSAT.
Even if later you later decide that you want to try for a higher score, scoring around your practice average is good cause for celebration. It shows that you don’t collapse under the pressure of test day.
Now, all that is left is to start figuring out what school you can get into with your new score. This can be a bit tricky for February retakers, who are often trying to get off waitlists. Below, watch our discussion of assessing your LSAT score.
…You Scored At Your Practice Average, But You Want To Do Better
Again, congratulations on hitting your practice average. That’s a good thing. However, maybe you still feel unsatisfied.
You think perhaps there is an even greater LSAT taker somewhere inside you.
You could be right. Many, many people do big things on an LSAT retake (I’ll be interviewing one of them tomorrow, so come back for that).
That said, retaking the LSAT involves a lot of time and success is far from guaranteed. If you are contemplating a retake, I want you to be able to point to reasons why you think you can do better. It doesn’t have to be a very specific reason— for example, if you were still showing steady improvement leading up to the exam, there is usually still more room to grow.
Again, tune into tonight’s webinar for a discussion of deciding to retake. We’ll delve into repeater data and talk about our experience with who is successful on a retake.
…You Scored Worse Than Your Practice Average
This is the true heartbreaker, but I want to caution you right now about getting to hard on yourself for underperforming. Bad performances happen all the time for a thousand different reasons! There is one thing that all of these things have in common: it is not very likely that any of them will happen to you again on the next test.
Your game plan is simple: identify what went wrong and think about how to fix it. Then, continue studying with an eye to a retake, this time with a faster, better, stronger you.
What you should not do is try to rationalize your way to accepting a score lower than you are capable of. You can and should get the score you were getting on practice tests. Take a few days off to forget the LSAT for a while, then come back and rise on the stepping stone of your former self to greater things.
The exact strategy for your retake might vary a lot so again.