abbeycoutts wrote: ↑Tue Sep 05, 2023 1:17 pm
Hi! I posted this question on the American forum by accident, I didn't realize there was a Canadian specific.
I wrote the August LSAT and totally surprised myself with a 171. I wasn't expecting to do that well, so I registered for the Sept LSAT before I got my score back. Now I am nervous, I don't want to do worse and show a decrease between tests. I debated signing up for Score Preview, but the Candidate Cancellation on my transcript does not sound great. Do you guys have any thoughts about how a Candidate Cancellation would look? I also am debating withdrawing from the test. I have just started my semester, and have had significantly less time devoted to studying. I am still doing practice sections, but way less than what I was doing during the summer leading up to my August LSAT.
For reference, I am applying to only Canadian law schools. My top choices are University of Toronto, UBC Peter Allard, and McGill. From what I can see online, a 171 is a competitive score for these schools, I think? I really just need some advice.
Thanks for the question, and congrats on the 171! Yes, 171 is above the median for all those schools and is competitive.
If you feel confident you can score even higher, then there's no problem with retaking, as an even higher score provides more leverage for scholarships, etc.
But if you retake and score lower, then that's not an issue either. Schools really only care about the highest LSAT score you receive, so one slightly lower score on your record won't be an issue if you have a higher score.
An exception would be if you score significantly lower-- a 171 followed by a 140 may raise some questions about what happened on that second take -- and that's when score preview can come in handy. Candidate cancelations are commonplace now with score preview, so law schools won't be concerned!
In short, it's OK to retake, and also not an issue if you end up with a slightly lower score or a cancelation. The question really becomes whether you feel it's worth expending time and mental energy for the chance of a slightly higher score, or if you'd rather focus on getting your semester off to a great start and focusing on the rest of your application.
I hope this helps! Thanks!