SIGNED UP BUT DECIDED NOT TO TAKE THE LSAT ON THE SCHEDULED DAY
If, sometime before you are scheduled to take the LSAT, you believe that there is a high probability that your LSAT score will not be within your realistic acceptable range, you can ask LSAC to Change Your Test Date (See page 8 of the 2006-2007 LSAT & LSDAS Information Book).
THINKING OF CANCELLING YOUR LSAT SCORE
If, after taking the LSAT test, you believe that there is a high probability that your LSAT score will not be within your realistic acceptable range, you can cancel your LSAT score in one of two ways (your choice): Complete the score-cancellation section on the LSAT answer sheet at the test center or Send a written cancellation to LSAC.
Before cancelling your test score at the Testing Center, note that just after finishing the LSAT is not the best time to make a big decision. Also it may be a good idea to discuss this cancellation with your prelaw advisor. ..
The written cancellation request to LSAC must be received by LSAC within nine calendar days of the test (See Cancelling Your Score on page 16 of the 2006-2007 LSAT & LSDAS Information Book). Since it is your responsibility to ensure that your written score cancellation is received and properly processed by LSAC, send this request by Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested. ..
Valid score cancellation requests are irreversible and cannot be rescinded. ..
Law school reports will reflect that your score was cancelled at your request; this advises the law schools that you were exposed to test questions. This made sense in the days when tests like the SAT, LSAT, GMAT, etc. were not released. Now it makes no sense. .
If you only had trouble with one section, it may have been the experimental version; note that the experimental version is from the section that was tested twice. .
There are no refunds for cancelled scores. .
There is a limitation on retaking the LSAT: Normally, you may not take the LSAT more than three times in any two year period. This policy applies even if you cancel your score. .
"Cancelling a LSAT score is not a decision to be made lightly considering the intellectual, financial, and emotional investment associated with that examination. Consult with the prelaw adviser before making a final decision.'' Note that, "If you decide to cancel your score more than once, include an addendum setting forth the reasons for repeated cancellations. Law schools may question your judgment if scores are cancelled more than once without an adequate explanation." University of Chicago Pre-LawInfoCenter.
"Generally, schools do not penalize you significantly for one cancellation, especially if the subsequent score is strong. However, you generally should not cancel your score unless you think that your performance on the exam was much worse than you are capable of. Note that if you are planning to apply to schools the same year that you take the LSAT, re-taking the LSAT in December may hurt your chances of admission because the admissions committee will not consider your application until your scores are reported, i.e., later on in the admissions process than applicants who took the October LSAT." Harvard Lowell Pre-Law Advising