One of the most
common questions we are asked regarding law school admissions is,
"Should I take the LSAT again, and if I do, how will law schools
interpret my scores?" In order to help you better understand your
options, we have researched LSAC policy, as well as that of top
law schools, and spoken with many admissions counselors regarding
the LSAC allows you to take the LSAT no more than three times in
any two year period (even if your scores are cancelled or otherwise
unreported). There are select exceptions to this rule: “You
may retake the LSAT if a law school to which you are applying requires
a more recent score than any you have on record, or approves your
retaking the test, and the school provides LSAC with written proof
of its requirement no later than the last day of registration for
is as follows: “LSAC will automatically report the results
of all LSATs in your file, including cancellations and absences,
since June 1, 2002. The scores are averaged and also appear separately.”
(Note: LSAC rounds up when calculating the average score).
In 2006, the
ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar changed
its policies, now requiring schools to report the highest LSAT scores
of those students who took the test twice or more: “…beginning
with the October 2006 Annual Questionnaire, which collects LSAT
data on the Fall 2006 entering class, the Questionnaire will seek
75th percentile, median, and 25th percentile LSAT data based on
the high score rather than the average score for matriculants who
took the test more than once.”
now report their students’ highest scores to the ABA, the
majority of law schools now consider only an applicant’s highest
LSAT, although a small number of schools still consider the average
of all scores.
hear this sort of question regarding potential score increases.
It is important to understand that the LSAT is not an I.Q. test!
Dramatic score increases are possible with proper preparation and
the right approach. We routinely see students achieve double-digit
score increases after studying the cutting-edge techniques taught
in our courses, using real LSAT questions, relayed by an instructor
who has scored in the 99th percentile on an actual LSAT (this is
the minimum requirement for all of our LSAT instructors).