Should I take the LSAT more than once?
This week’s program sheds light on the law school admission myth of taking the LSAT more than once. Many students believe that, if they take the LSAT more than once, law schools will average their LSAT scores, potentially putting them at a numerical disadvantage with single-LSAT applicants. However, many students are not aware of a 2006 American Bar Association policy requiring schools to only report the highest LSAT score for their admitted students. This ABA policy drastically changed the way many schools handle multiple LSAT scores, and allowed students greater flexibility when taking the test.
On the program we speak with Jeff Thomas, Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs at Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions; Eva Lana, President of Binary Solution Test Preparation in New York City; and Jeffrey Zavrotny, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Baltimore School of Law. All three of our guests discuss this misconception and provide students with options to succeed in the law school admission process.
Kaplan’s Jeff Thomas explains how the change in the ABA score-reporting policies can benefit students who have taken the test more than once. He also says, however, that different schools have different policies when it comes to interpreting multiple LSAT scores, and suggests that applicants contact the admissions office of the law schools they are interested in and inquire about their multiple-LSAT policy, in order to make an informed decision when they take the test.
Eva Lana of Binary Solution also has some advice for law school applicants. She suggests that students who don’t think they did as well as expected on the LSAT cancel their score. Lana says she believes this is the best option because students shouldn’t “air their dirty laundry” to law school admissions committees.
Finally, Jeffrey Zavrotny at the University of Baltimore School of Law says that he encourages his applicants to take the LSAT more than once. If an applicant has an “okay” LSAT score and only took the test once, Zavrotny says, he may think the applicant isn’t dedicated enough to try the test again and get a better score. However, Zavrotny also mentions that he and the Baltimore Law admissions committee do not have a standard policy on how multiple LSAT scores are perceived, and says the decision is normally done on a case-by-case basis.
Jeff Thomas – Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions – Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs
Eva Lana – President – Binary Solution Test Preparation
Jeffrey Zavrotny – University of Baltimore School of Law – Associate Director of Admissions