« on: July 31, 2006, 11:29:09 AM »
I don't know whether they care about fairness or not, but changing the LSAT format evry year is impractical. There is a lot of research put into the test, to ensure that it produces a predictable bell curve if nothing else. Plus, there is at least some research indicating that the LSAT is the best numerical predictor of law school grades. I don't see how they could just come up with a new test every year and have any predictability for students, adcomms, or anyone.
It's not as impractical as you think, bell curves are easy, and LSAC is extrordinarily inefficient (monopoly provider and all). All you would need to do to approximate my idea is instead of having three sections, one of which is always repeated, have 10 or 15 different formats with more flexibility and have four on any given administration. It would be much harder to prepare than it is now, where students know there will be 2 LR, 1 LG and 1 RC. Furthermore, the LSAT is the best predicator when compared to extant indices. I promise you I could make a better one without the racial inequalities that was constant from year to year, harder to game, and do it for a 1/3 of the budget. And so could LSAC. They just don't want to.
Perhaps. Your ideas sound decent, but I would presume it's harder than it looks. I can't imagine why they wouldn't already be changing it if by doing so they could easily make major improvements. I would guess it's easier said than done.
I like the LSAt the way it is. I think preparing for it is one of the things the LSAC is testing to see. It's not an IQ test where you should take it cold, but it does measure your ability to prepare for one big test- something you will see in a law school. Even if you're not a natural, if you work hard and study for a long time you should be able to do well both on the lsat and on law exams.
I'm not criticizing the LSAT. Others have done that, and I remain fairly agnostic on whether it's a great test or not. Whatever the merits of the LSAT, though, you would have to concede that the fact that some people take classes and others do not is unfair.