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Messages - denk
« on: June 16, 2006, 06:55:22 AM »
Mensa's been good to me:
Went to one of their weekly dinners at a Chinese Restaurant. Most people there were as described - socially inept, way over middle age, and in general - odd.
Except one girl - young, Japanese, a mathematician, and about to move to Washington DC to work at the NSA. We had a date, she spent the night, and then she moved away the next month.
Your mileage may vary.
Studying for the LSAT / Re: MAJOR LSAT ADMISSIONS CHANGE: ONLY HIGHER SCORES TO BE REPORTED?!?!?!?!!?!?!?« on: June 16, 2006, 01:14:04 AM »
... Suddenly, the majority of the applicant pool has say, somwhere near 170 as their collecitve average highest, when the school, last year, had an average LSAT somewhere around 160.
Huh? I don't see how. At this point, she's either finishing up w/ law school and out of there.
Uh huh. And since I personally went from missing 2-3 per preptest section to possibly -17 on the June test, I'm predicting that this was the hardest test of all time, and will be given the appropriate scale. :-)
« on: June 16, 2006, 12:52:20 AM »
I'm right with everyone else in this thread. I need to overcome a low GPA, and on my preptests had been missing only about 2 per section. But on the June test, I fear I may have missed as many as 17. (!)
It sounds like a lot of people are in this boat.
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.
Studying for the LSAT / Re: MAJOR LSAT ADMISSIONS CHANGE: ONLY HIGHER SCORES TO BE REPORTED?!?!?!?!!?!?!?« on: June 16, 2006, 12:44:31 AM »
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.)
Studying for the LSAT / Re: MAJOR LSAT ADMISSIONS CHANGE: ONLY HIGHER SCORES TO BE REPORTED?!?!?!?!!?!?!« on: June 16, 2006, 12:37:55 AM »
...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. :-)