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LSAT Addendum Advice

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:55 pm
by gmg
I'm strongly considering writing an LSAT addendum and am curious to see if you think it could help my chances. I scored a 161 in September and a 160 in June. I took a course after the June LSAT and was consistently scoring in the high 160s. However, I am apparently incapable of executing this on test day. I have a history of poor standardizing testing and will include my SAT scores (60th-ish percentile). My undergrad GPA is a 4.0 (I worked 20+ hours per week while in college), I published two papers in academic journals, and have strong letters of recommendation about my ability. I've considered retaking the test in December, but honestly, I don't see myself making a significant improvement. Do you think an addendum could help my chances?

Re: LSAT Addendum Advice

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:32 pm
by icechicken
It's pretty normal to score lower on the actual test than in practice, and it's pretty normal to get a mediocre result, so I don't see what this addendum would explain that your score history itself doesn't.

Is there any particular reason you struggle this much with standardized tests? You should identify it and either fix it or, if it's something like dysgraphia, petition LSAC for a testing accomodation. Then retake.

Re: LSAT Addendum Advice

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:48 pm
by rpupkin
gmg wrote: Do you think an addendum could help my chances?

No. In a profession where one's professional school grades and license to practice is determined almost entirely by one's performance on tests, it's probably not helpful to highlight that you're "incapable of executing on test day."