Did your score come back within 3 or 4 points of your consistent practice exam scores? If so, and if you prepared well for the test, keep the score and run with it. And congratulate yourself! The LSAT is behind you. Start looking at schools based on your LSAC GPA and this LSAT score. See if you’re happy with the schools you come up with. (Lots of info on creating a schools list in my book.)
In recent years, a lot of people are tempted to retake the LSAT just because they can. They think, “Well, if I study for three months I can get 2 more points for sure.” But it’s not “for sure.” See this chart by AtlasLSAT about average increases on second tries. Plus, that’s three more anxiety filled months, with more money down the drain on test fees and test prep.
If your score didn’t come back within a few points of your consistent practice exam scores, or if you didn’t take enough practice exams to get consistent, then you should re-take the test in October. A lot of people worry that this will put them behind in the rolling admission process. For those folks I have two remarks: (1) You will still be able to apply in time for Early Decision and Early Notification deadlines at schools (usually Nov. 1 and Nov. 15) and you’ll certainly be able to submit all your applications before Thanksgiving if you get your act together now; and (2) getting a score 3-4 points higher is worth the payoff of waiting just a few weeks to apply. That is absolutely “for sure.”
Here are some previous posts you might find helpful:
You have your June LSAT score. Now What? – this post has a bit of info about how schools view multiple scores.
Thinking of re-taking the LSAT in October? Read this post.
Taking the LSAT for the first time in October and planning to self-study? Here are some resources:
P.S. For those of you thinking, “What??! Scores are out? I didn’t get mine!!!” please know that I’m posting this in advance because I expect scores to come out by email this afternoon/evening. They are scheduled to come out Monday. I’m being proactive!