I was supposed to take the LSAT yesterday but withdrew right after my last practice test on Thursday night. I wasn't hitting the score that I wanted to be at yet and since I am 5 points away, this means more than 10 questions that I need to get correct. A lot of my friends from my LSAT class still decided to take it although a lot of them weren't at the score they wanted to be either but I would rather study for 2 more months and apply a bit later with a higher test score than apply early decision with a score that will be at the lower end of the scale for the law school I want to go to.
I just think that if I'm going to law school I should try to get into the one I want to go to and not just the ones that will accept me...so I do need that higher LSAT score to give me that edge. This test score is heavily weighted, moreso than your GPA, personal statement, letters of recommendation, extracurriculars, what have you. My GPA is not the best that it could have been since I started off with an engineering major. If I could just count my 2nd-4th years I would be in the high 3.5's.
Because of my decision to withdraw from taking it yesterday, I forfeited $139, but I'd rather lose the money than have a score that I don't want on my record. Also I would rather not cancel my score either; being the perfectionist I am, I want just one nice score on my application without any cancellations, etc. Withdrawing does not let the admissions people know that you were even signed up to take the test.
In addition, I decided to retake the LSAT class I was taking because I thought that going over the techniques again would be beneficial and help me stay on track with keeping the right pace at which to study. The environment and testing atmosphere as a whole was a very great experience so I'm sure I can increase by 5 more points by going this route since I already went up by 12 points within 2 months. This costed another $1,000 which included online lesson videos to supplement the course work.
As you can see I have spent a lot of money and I haven't even STARTED law school yet. I wasn't eligible for the fee waivers since I have too much in savings but I really hope to get some scholarships. To me, all this money for the LSAT prep and etcetera is worth it because it is for my future and to pursue my dream. I also registered for the December LSAT - Dec 3rd to be precise, and so that costed me another $139. Sigh.
I really hope that I get the score I want in December otherwise I will have to retake in February, and that will cost me more money not to mention heavy stress, nerves, studying, and lack of a life. For now I'll just focus on being optimistic and studying until I can get it right. I think I burned out towards the end tail of September which did not benefit me at all. If I had put more effort in the last 2 weeks rather than letting the sheer panic of it all get to me, I think I could have gotten my timing down.
Anyway, just a little update from me! Hope everyone is doing well...I start my same prep course schedule this Tuesday and I'll be having 14 hour days yet again 2 days a week and then a few hours on the weekends for class, and everyday I should be studying another 3-4 hours. Check in with you all soon! :)