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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Difficulty of Dec 05 vs. June 06
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:48:14 PM »
Yes, I'm sold by Powerscore's description of the process.  It's pretty much what we've been describing:

The difficulty of each question is known in advance, and a curve already exists - raw scores have been evenly parcelled into their place on the bell curve which then is translated to a percentile, which then is translated to the 120/180-range score.

But then, after the actual test is administered, the scale is "normalized", presumably to account for bizarre irregularities in the test-taker population.  I'd like to learn more about this part of the process.

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In re, the whole shifting burden thing;  I just simply see the HUGE positive impact the new policy will make - vis a vis reducing performance anxiety, life planning, etc.

Percentage-wise, the increased cost of retaking the LSAT is on the order of 0.1% of the cost of Law School.

And if we limit that to only the cost of application, retaking the test once is on the order of a 20% increase in the cost, NOT a doubling.  (The books can be reused, app fees, etc.)

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...while it's easy for us to criticize that for being short-sighted, you gotta pay the rent somehow.

Hey - you're talking to someone who had to prep at a cafe because the landlord would keep banging on the door asking for rent.  No exaggeration.  But I did find a 'sponsor' who paid my test fee for me. :-)

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What if ABA decides in a subsequent year to go back to the old policy of averaging scores? With that as a definite possibility...

What kind of reasoning is this?  You didn't do too well on the LR, did you?  :-)

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...and likely create an economic (slight) imbalance between those who can afford to roll the dice THREE times, and those who can only roll it once...

I don't buy it.  If you can't afford to take the LSAT a couple of times, there's no way you can afford law school.

The LSAT fee is the *cheapest* component of the whole thing.  My GASOLINE to get to the test site, 1.5 hours away, twice (because I test-drove it), was nearly this amount.

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...Now the pressure is on not to take it once, but twice or even three times.  Add to that that medians will likely go up even more than usual...

Not yet ... People are still looking at 25/75 statistics from the previous policy.  And their decisions to retake will be based on this.  But NEXT year, though, there'll be an across-the-board score inflation.

We are truly living in a golden age. :-)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Difficulty of Dec 05 vs. June 06
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:22:49 PM »
Hilarious avatar! As far as Dec goes, I believe they scale performance based on percentiles over the last 3 years, and derive a theoretical scale from the predicted difficulty of the test that they might make small adjusments too based on actual performance.

Too be really specific, I believe they make the comparisons to how test-takers do on THOSE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, not for example, the tests themselves.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Difficulty of Dec 05 vs. June 06
« on: June 15, 2006, 09:59:49 PM »
Yes.  Is that sad?

OH my god my god my god my god!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LG LAST GAME ANSWER D???
« on: June 15, 2006, 05:49:32 PM »
No, that was a joke.  It's saying that I guessed D for the last three.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LG LAST GAME ANSWER D???
« on: June 15, 2006, 05:24:47 PM »
How about D for the last three?  :-)

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