Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?

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Offline Jimmy06

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Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:51:16 AM »
I took the Oct. LSAT and didn't score as well as I hoped, so I'm planning to take it again in December. Should I go ahead and send in my apps now, just so they're in earlier, and then have my Dec. score sent to the schools later?

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Offline LSAT Eliminator

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Re: Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 02:05:43 PM »
If your December score is the one you want to use, there's no benefit in applying now. Schools will wait to review your file until they have that December result, so getting everything in now won't be an advantage, and may take time away from your LSAT prep.

On the other hand, if you just want to get it off your plate, go ahead--it won't hurt you. There's just no urgency if you're waiting on December scores.

Good luck!

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Offline Jeffort

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Re: Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 08:43:30 PM »
I took the Oct. LSAT and didn't score as well as I hoped, so I'm planning to take it again in December. Should I go ahead and send in my apps now, just so they're in earlier, and then have my Dec. score sent to the schools later?

With the way the modern computerized LSAC CAS application system now works, there really is no such thing as 'sending in' an application anymore in terms of you assembling everything together after completing the pieces to send in a package. The software does all the assembly work for you now, you just input each of the pieces into the system. Through your LSAC CAS account using the application system you just input/submit each part of your applications as you complete them/have time to work on them.  You can fill out parts of applications as you have time and come back to them later when time permits to pick up where you left off.  The system saves all the information you submit in your account for each school application you start to fill out.  Once all the pieces have been received and inputted into your account, 'sending in' an application is simply just pressing a few buttons in your LSAC account to 'submit' whichever one you want when you want, provided you have paid the required fees.

You can continue to input things into your applications as you have time, but as Eliminator said, there is no hurry to submit them if you don't want them reviewed until your December score is reported.  Schools don't do anything with applications until they are considered to be complete, which includes having received all LSAT scores.  Since you already have a reported LSAT score, if you submit early and don't tell the schools you want them to wait until December scores come out, they could just review and reject you based on your October score.  Most schools will just wait if they see you are registered to take the next LSAT, but there is no guarantee unless you tell them you want them to wait.  You could also tell them not to wait even if you are registered for the next test if think your current score gives you a chance at admission.  

If you need a higher LSAT score than your October score for your target schools, your time over the next four weeks would be much better spent preparing more for the LSAT than working on application materials.

Another consideration to take into account about waiting to submit until after you get your December score is determining which schools you really have a chance at that are worth spending the fee $$ on.  It would be silly to waste application fee $$ applying to schools that your December score does not put you in range for.  Unless you have plenty of $$ to spend on applications, its best to budget spending your $$ on fees for schools your numbers give you a good chance of admission at and not so much on long shot schools if you cannot afford many applications.





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Re: Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 11:03:23 PM »
Agree 100%. Perhaps I should have clarified that I meant you didn't want to submit all your app materials until right when the December LSAT came out.

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Offline Jimmy06

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Re: Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 10:31:09 AM »
This helps...thanks guys!

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Re: Send apps now with plans to retake LSAT in Dec?
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