Congrats on taking the LSAT! Feel good about it? Great! Stop reading.
Not feeling so great about it? Don’t panic!
First, you should know that it is pretty normal to second-guess your performance. Taking the LSAT is a nerve-wracking experience, and not feeling great about your performance is perfectly normal. After a test like this, it is very easy to remember all of the things that went wrong, but harder to focus on what went right. Did you compare answers after the test with someone? Bad idea! This will only freak you out.
Second, you should know the LSAC cancelation policy. They have very detailed instructions on when and how and what you need to do on their website.
The thought of cancelling the LSAT score runs through the minds of many test-takers, but in most cases, cancelling isn’t a judicious move. The vast majority of people who discuss this with us should not cancel their test. But how do you know what is the best decision for you? Here are a few guidelines to help you think about it:
Reasons not to cancel
- You are just feeling bad about the test in general, but can’t pinpoint what may have been wrong. This is normal.
- You feel like this test was harder than the prep tests. This is normal.
- You are afraid that you didn’t get the highest score that you possibly could have. It is Okay to retake! Remember that the high score wins!
- You feel that this was a more difficult test. Don’t worry, the test is not scored in a vacuum; everyone else also thinks that this test was more difficult.
Reasons to cancel
- Your timing was really off from practice. If you normally finished a section in your practice tests easily within the time, but during the test you didn’t finish a section by a large margin.
- You didn’t study at all for the test, and you thought it would be fun to take the test blind. You know that you needed to study better, or differently, or at all.
- You were sick. Really, really sick and it affected your performance.
- Poor, unacceptable test conditions. If the marching band was practicing outside, there was a bear in the room, or if there were any other test conditions that were very bad, you should call LSAC before you cancel to see if they’ll do anything about it. Sometimes, they will include a note in the report or pay for a retake in extreme circumstances.
- If you have an LSAT that is decent, and you know that this test is worse. Not just think that it is worse, but know that it is worse, perhaps because of the above reasons.
- You just panicked. Really, badly, completely panicked. A little panic is fine.
To sum up, it is a very small percentage of test takers who should cancel their test score. Until scores are released, focus on something else!