July LSAT Scores Are Out! … Now What?

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JULY SCORES ARE OUT!!!! Yes, that’s right! Per LSAC’s shocking announcement last week, July LSAT scores were released one week early! If you haven’t checked your score yet, head on over to your inbox and/or LSAC account!

If you remember, the July LSAT has a unique, never before offered perk: test takers can see their score prior to deciding whether to keep or cancel it. Well, the day to see that score has arrived.

Now that you’ve seen your score, (or are gathering the strength to do so) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

If you reached your goal, are keeping your score, and are rightfully celebrating: Congratulations! You did it! Now comes ANOTHER hard part (oh boy, let’s just admit it; the whole law school application process is hard): the actual law school application. So, start checking items off your law school application checklist! And if you signed up for any other LSATs as a back-up plan, you can withdraw and still get a $50 refund — the deadline to do that for the September LSAT is this Friday, August 23 at 11:59 pm Eastern.

If you didn’t totally hate your score, and you’re on the fence on whether or not you should keep or cancel, here are a few things to consider:

• Do you already have a score on record? If so, where does your existing score fall in relation to your July score? If you’re below your score on record, canceling is totally fine! If you’re even just one point above it, keeping your score may be worth it! Compare your new score to the medians of the schools you are applying to in order to help you decide.

• How far below your practice test average did you score? If you were practice testing with an average of 165 but scored a 155 … perhaps canceling and retaking is a good option.

• Are you hoping to apply early decision to any schools? If so, are you already registered for September and/or October? If you are not, the September deadline has passed, and test centers around the country are mostly filled for October. If you do not test before the school’s early decision deadline, you may not be eligible.

If you are sure you will cancel, that’s completely fine! That was the whole point of the July exam: a risk-free test! We get it — not getting the score you know you are capable of is not a fun time. Good news, though: we are here to help you get that score! Here are some next steps to consider:

• The deadline to cancel July scores is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:59 Eastern Time. Yes, Californians, that is 8:59 Pacific Time!

• Do NOT give up on the LSAT! There are still exams in September, October, AND November this year, alone! And more next year!

• Start your prep now! In fact, you can take $200 off a Blueprint class with code RETAKE200

… So, which exam should you take? Good question! Each exam has its own benefits.

September: The deadline to register for this exam has passed. However, if you are already registered, then we have great news for you! There’s still a month left before the exam, AND it is still a very early exam for this year’s application cycle!

October: If you can find an open seat at a test center or are willing to go on the waitlist, register now! Testing centers are almost completely booked up, so, if you find a seat, register! You will still be able to submit an early application, and have the opportunity to retake if things don’t do as planned. Plus, even if you signed up for October before you received your July score, LSAC will refund your October registration fee once you cancel your July score!

November: November is another great exam. It is the last exam offered this year — yup, no December exam this year — so this test is the last one to take if you want to apply to schools before the new year!

An exam in later in winter/next year/next decade after you figure out Island life is not for you: Want to take some time off to study? No worries! We’re here to help you throughout this journey — no matter how long it takes.

No matter what you decide to do, make sure that you’re making a decision that feels most comfortable to you! After all, you are the law school applicant. So, think about whether to keep or cancel this score, until September 4th at 11:59 Eastern! As always, we are here for you, and support you, no matter what your decision may be!

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