“Should I cancel my LSAT score?” Almost everyone who leaves a testing center has doubts about how well they did on the LSAT. For most, this is a normal response to a grueling test. However, there are some situations where you should cancel your score. Below, we will go step-by-step through what the cancellation process means, and let you know when you should most definitely cancel your score.
Should I Cancel My LSAT Score?
How do I cancel my LSAT score?
First, here is how you can cancel your score, if you did not do it on the test form. If you decide to cancel after you take your test, follow the instructions located directly on your LSAC.org account. You must do this within 6 calendar days of taking the test. LSAC confirms cancellations, and will send you notification your score is canceled.
What happens to my score?
Now, even if you do cancel your test, the score is reported to law schools if you take the LSAT again. However, it will show as canceled at your request, and will reported confidentially to the schools you apply to; LSAC will not notify you of your score on a canceled test at any point. Furthermore, while you do receive a copy of the test and the correct answers for administrations that are disclosed (June, September/October, and December), you do not receive a copy of the answers you submitted. The February LSAT is non-disclosed, meaning you receive nothing when you cancel a score, other than confirmation it was canceled.
You can also only take the LSAT three times in a two-year period. Canceling a score counts as one of those attempts. So, think long and hard about whether you do want to cancel, especially if you have taken the test before!
Some situations where you most definitely should cancel your score are:
1. You did not come close to finishing the entire test.
If you did not get to large portions of the test due to time constraints, you should cancel your score. This advice is not for those who had to rush through the last 4-6 questions on any section. Rather, if you only completed 10-15 questions, there is no way you can score competitively, even if you correctly answered each question. Cancel your score, and focus on time management moving forward.
2. You incorrectly filled out the answer form.
If you know for a fact that you incorrectly bubbled your answer form, cancel your score. Even if you are sure it was only for one section, the chances that your score will still be high are very slim. Chalk this up as a mistake on your part, and retake the test at the soonest possibility.
3. You had extenuating physical and mental circumstances.
If you were sick, or suffered from extreme test anxiety, manifested in symptoms like a panic attack or nausea, it might be best to cancel your score. Again, this is not normal test anxiety. This is a last resort for people who were debilitated physically and/or mentally, and unable to focus on the test at all. If anxiety or sickness crippled you to the point that you could not even finish the test, cancel your score. We also advise you to seek help for your condition before you attempt the LSAT again. Anxiety is not a weakness, and seeking out help will benefit your life as a whole.
If none of these apply to you, it is probably best not to cancel your score. Even if you do not do as well as you wish, knowing your weaknesses and using those to study for the next administration is the best way forward!
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