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We Pose the Question, Should You Postpone Your LSAT?

December or February? That’s the question you may be asking yourself as you prepare to take the LSAT.

How you answer the question is important–it can mean the difference between getting into the law school of your choice and having to go to your second or third choice. It can also mean the difference between getting a significant scholarship or getting nothing.

Schools are hungry for students who score well on the LSAT, and they aggressively recruit them with hefty scholarships, enrollment into prestigious fellows programs and plum research assistant jobs.

So which test date makes more sense? It depends, but here are some factors you should consider when making your decision:

How confident are you?

Most people are nervous heading into the LSAT, which is normal. But if you’re nervous and seriously lacking confidence, you probably need to postpone the test until February.

Taking the test in February gives you six more weeks to study, take practice tests and work with your tutor(if you have one).

You’ll also have more time to gain confidence in your abilities.

How are the practice tests going?

Practice tests are a great way to gauge how close you are to reaching your goal. Want to score somewhere between 165 and 170? Then you should be consistently hitting this mark on the practice tests. If you are, go ahead and take the test in December.

If you’re not getting close to your goal score on a consistent basis, seriously consider delaying the test–and then spend your extra time studying with a tutor.

Remember, chances are good you’ll do slightly worse on the actual LSAT than you do on the practice tests–so make sure your practice test scores are as high as possible.

What are the application deadlines for your schools of choice?

Most law schools will accept LSAT scores from tests in either December or February, but you should check with your top choices just to be sure.

Some schools–especially the top-ranked schools–will be deluged with applications from top-scoring prospective students. If you believe your score will be high enough, you should take the exam in December, even if your top choices accept test scores from February.

How do you feel about working without a net?

One of the benefits of taking the test in December is that if you don’t do well, you can always retake it in February.


About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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