Test takers frequently wonder whether they can improve their LSAT score by taking the test a second time. Data show (PDF) that scores for repeat test takers often rise slightly, but there is a chance your score will drop.
If you are considering retaking the test, keep in mind that law schools will have access to your complete test record, not just your highest score. Law schools are advised that your average score is probably the best estimate of your ability—especially if the tests were taken over a short period of time.
Should you retake the test?
- If you believe that your test score DOES NOT reflect your true ability—for example, if some circumstance such as illness prevented you from performing as well as you expected—you should consider retaking the test. Notify law schools of any facts relevant to the interpretation of your test results (e.g., the illness or other extenuating circumstance).
- If your score is a fairly accurate reflection of your ability, it is unlikely that retaking the test will result in a substantially different score.
- Unusually large score differences are routinely reviewed by LSAC for misconduct or irregularity.
- LSAC will not automatically inform law schools of your registration for a retest. It is your responsibility to inform law schools directly about your registration for additional tests.