« on: July 01, 2005, 02:16:32 PM »
For what it's worth-
LSAC awards LSAT scores by percentile. That means for each score, in each test, there is a corresponding percentile rank. If the test pool is smaller overall, and LSAC still employs the same percentile factor to break down their LSAT scoring, than for each percentile score their will be less corresponding test takers. IE., their are less people in the 95th percentile in a smaller pool than a larger pool, (same for any precentile). Thus, Their is less of each LSAT score given out - more importantly, overall their are less of the big numbers which should, statistically, have at least a small impact on admissions.
think of it like this:
one basket of apples has 10 apples. the other has 100.
a farmer only accepts apples of the 90th percentile and above. If choosing from the first basket he can only choose 1 apple...when choosing from the second basket he has ten to choose from. make sense? LSAC and admissions work in a similar way i believe. i hope someone likes my apple example-