"THE NIGHT BEFORE I TOOK the LSAT, a fire alarm went off in my college dorm and I had to wait outside in the dark for help to arrive. The next morning, I barely made it to the test in time. My first section – which I later realized was experimental – was so hard that I finished only half of it.
Ultimately, I persevered and performed better than I had even hoped. But at the time, it felt like a disaster.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if your first LSAT goes awry. Everyone has off days, and many people face overwhelming test anxiety before their first exam. On the remotely proctored LSAT-Flex exams, test-takers have reported problems ranging from late proctors to software glitches.
Fortunately, there is no longer a penalty for retaking the LSAT. Law schools typically take an applicant’s highest score.
Still, there are downsides to taking the test beyond paying the registration fee again. Here are five questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to retake the LSAT:" …