The June 2015 LSAT registration deadline is tomorrow, May 1. By now, you've probably started a test prep course, bought the Bible Trilogy, and/or invested a considerable amount of money purchasing PrepTests. You may have even started working with a tutor. If you are seeing an uptick in your practice test scores, that's awesome. Chances are, however, that you aren't anywhere near where you hope to be in June. Not before long, you will start debating whether to put it all off until October. It's easy to rationalize such a decision: if you're still in school, you can focus on your finals without the added aggravation of yet another test. Plus, you'll have the whole summer to study: what else are you going to do on the beach?
Terrible idea. Don't postpone it! Not yet.
For starters, it would be premature to put off your test date more than a month in advance. I know your practice test scores are not looking their best, but you have plenty of time to give them a facelift. While we would never, ever advise you to take the test before you feel ready to kill it, many students improve tremendously in the final weeks before the test: you just never know when it will "click." By all means, you're prepping for June. If you still aren't ready by Sunday evening on June 7, fine - go ahead and register for October. It will cost you some money to withdraw and register again, but nobody will ever know you did it. However, if you postpone today, you'll have no impetus to study until later in the summer. And if you're currently enrolled in a course, it is highly unlikely that you'll continue taking full advantage of the resources available to you. You will also struggle to regain your momentum later on.
And this is the least of it. There are other compelling reasons why June is the absolute best time to take the LSAT:
- The fact that everyone and their mother takes the test in the Fall is bad news for you. Test centers book up quickly, and tend to be much more crowded than at any other time of the year. October administrations are a pressure cooker you are better off avoiding, if you can.
- By taking the test in June, you give yourself a second chance: should you decide to cancel your score, or aren't especially thrilled about the score you got, you can re-take in October without throwing off the timeline for submitting your applications. You don't have the same luxury if you postpone. Sure, you can re-take in December, but you'll miss many Early Decision deadlines, and you'll end up submitting your applications at the tail end of the rolling admissions cycle. Not ideal.
- The June test is the only one being administered in the afternoon. You don't need to get up at 7 AM to get to your test center. And you don't need to train for months by taking your practice tests early in the morning (which is something you may have to do if you sign up for October, December, or February). Simply put, being able to take the test in the afternoon is a luxury. You want that.
You also want to have a nice summer. For instance, if you're a Game of Thrones fan, for instance, you can spend your summer visiting their shooting locations in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, Spain, Malta, and Scotland. All fabulous places to visit, and we certainly expect a postcard. The responsible thing to do, of course, would be to craft a Pulitzer-worthy personal statement. Come October, all you'll have to do is click "Submit."
That would be a good thing.
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