How Many Times Can I Take The LSAT?
LSAC changed it’s policy on how many times a person can take the LSAT, effective for the September 2017 administration. However, news seems to travel slow in the LSAT world. We’ve run into many students who still aren’t aware! So, in this post, we go over these changes for those who missed this the first time around!
Under the old rules, students could not take the LSAT more than three times in a two year period. So, if you took the February, June and December LSATs in 2017, you would not have been eligible, beyond petitioning LSAT directly, for two years. If you were a senior in college, you faced the choice of going to a less prestigious school, or possibly going to law school at all, if you could not get your score up.
These rules also hurt takers who didn’t prepare for their first two attempts at the LSAT well. In order to avoid the “third strike,” these students really had to ace the third test. This put a lot of pressure on multiple time takers who struggled to find an approach that worked for them.
As of September 2017, students are now no longer barred from taking the LSAT multiple times. So, if you wanted to sign up for every administration, you can now do that! The best advice we give students is to prepare for the current LSAT like it’s the only time you are going to take it. While many schools don’t hold it against students who take the LSAT multiple times, it is best to take it once.
How does this change affect me?
For most takers, this new rule should not change anything. So, strive to take the LSAT as few times as possible. Not only is it annoying to have to sit for the exam again, but it could potentially project to law schools that you are not an ideal candidate for admission. However, for the rare cases where problems creep up, it’s good to know that you can fallback on another administration.
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