When To Withdraw LSAT Applications?

Preparing for the LSAT can be a nerve wracking experience, especially since you know that your future depends on your performance in the exam. You do everything possible to make sure you put your best step forward as the test day approaches. But it can happen that you are just not ready.

Imagine a scenario where your LSAT date is just around the corner and you feel that your preparations are not up to the mark for one reason or another. There is nothing wrong with admitting that; if anything it shows self-awareness and the fact that you take the exam quite seriously.

When should you withdraw LSAT application?

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While you have the option of taking the LSAT again, it can be a draining experience. If you feel you cannot get to your best score in the upcoming LSAT then you are well within your rights to withdraw your application.

There are many candidates who get overwhelmed with the preparations and are prone to high levels of anxiety or physical strain. If you are going through a similar situation then you are better off taking the LSAT at a later date.

Withdrawing LSAT application – know your options

Of course there is a precedent to candidates withdrawing their LSAT applications. And it’s exercised more frequently than you might think. Here are different options you can choose from:

  • Withdraw registration – LSAC has a “withdrawal” option for test takers and you can exercise it up to midnight before the test day. There are no negative consequences besides losing the registration fee. Withdrawal will not even show up on your score report.
  • Remain absent – You simply do not show up on test day and lose your registration fee. Your absence shows on your LSAC score report though. But there could be several reasons you couldn’t make it on the test day, and a brief explanation in the addendum section of the application can suffice.
  • Cancel your score – You can do that by showing up for your test and canceling before you start, just after taking it, or up to six days after the LSAT. The last two options make more sense because you at least get a real time testing experience.

There’s nothing wrong with not being ready for LSAT first time around; you can always give it your best shot at the next date.


You should also read: Application Timeline For September LSAT Takers

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