Well my friends, My September LSAT score sucked. I guess I half expected it since I ran out of time on every section, and left the testing center feeling a little uneasy. Generally, people can feel right about where they are going to be; however, I was nowhere near where I was practicing, and I didn’t have the slightest idea I was going to do as bad as I did. It’s funny because out of the 15 questions I blindly guessed on, I ended up getting 8 correct. I wasn’t as focused as I needed to be which threw my accuracy and my speed. I immediately broke down after seeing the score in my e-mail early Saturday morning at about 4am. I had just come home from the most amazing Tiesto concert, and it probably didn’t help that I was exhausted.
Luckily, I saved a seat for the December 2009 test, so yes, I will be retaking it. I refuse to give up that easily. If I can improve by 6 points I should be okay. The only bad thing about all this is that I will be applying a good 2 months later than I wanted to. I know the perks of applying early, but honestly, my LSAT score is hideous and there is no way a school would even look in my direction even with my high GPA. The other bad thing is that the holidays are right around the corner, which is also the busiest time for me at work. In light of working 50+ hours a week, I will be studying…again…for another month and a half. I plan to live at the library.
Standardized tests are and will always be the weakest link on my application. I graduated at the very top of my class in high school and within the top 15% of my class in college. My SAT scores were terrible and I even struggled with the FCAT for a year. I have test anxiety. It may not rear it’s ugly head in the most noticeable manner, but it’s there. It’s there in my shaky hands, in my racing thoughts, in my sweaty palms. I’m a strong, organized student. There is not a single doubt in my mind that I’ll do well in law school. I have confidence I can improve on the test by at least 6 points, but regardless I will be applying the very first week in January.
All in all, this whole experience has made me a stronger person, and while I wasn’t expecting to have to re-take the LSAT, it has to be done if I really want this.
At least all the other aspects of my law school applications are done.