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October 05, 2005

Averaging LSAT Scores?

A reader wonders what happens when you take multiple LSATs:

I have read that some schools average LSAT scores which could end up costing one points instead of creating a better score. Is this true? Do some schools average the results?

I've heard this, too. I'd say you'd just have to contact the individual schools' admissions people to verify. Does anyone know more?

Posted by mowabb at October 5, 2005 09:24 AM

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Yes, some schools average. Some do not. Some will only average if the scores are within a certain range—say, less than 10 points apart.

Each school will probably tell you its policy; usually around this time of year, this kind of information is also all over the pre-law boards.

Posted by: kristine at October 5, 2005 11:30 AM

Most average, I think. But they usually will tell you. Also, it's important to explain why your score jumped, or dropped, if you took it a second time. Often schools will only drop your lower score if you provide some sort of explaination.

Also, explain away any lackluster LSAT score, or GPA, or whatever. Schools do want you to focus on the positive, I think, but they also want some explaination, some basis upon which to admit you, even with your application's flaws.

Posted by: Tokyo at October 5, 2005 07:38 PM