« on: October 07, 2008, 05:33:43 PM »
Quoteonverting to a CBT version would cost Jeffort both time and money--and consequently, he would argue against changing the test even if he truly believed it was beneficial to test-takers
You're attacking Jeffort's motivations rather than the substance of his argument. -1
I teach LSAT, GMAT, and GRE for a living. GMAT and GRE are both CATs and we get around buying computers by making students use their own machines with our online tests--there is little to no marginal cost to allow another student to take a test. Our LSAT courses cost MUCH more to administer since we have to print and proctor thousands of paper-and-pencil diagnostic exams in addition to printing thousands of pages worth of LSAT questions for each and every student. (And this after paying LSAC their licensing fee for 5000+ questions).
If LSAT shifted to a CAT format, there would be some changes in strategy (guessing would be penalized, no skipping questions, etc.). A shift to a CBT, on the other hand would merely be putting the paper test on-screen, and little would change regarding strategy except things specifically related to bubbling your answer sheet and perhaps annotating passages/arguments. Not a big shift. GMAT has arguments similar to the LSAT and I teach them pretty much the same way. The differences that would come are those mentioned above--larger database of questions means lower quality as LSAC would have to shift from roughly 400-800 new questions a year to 5,000-10,000 new questions by the first administration (and a constant influx of new questions thereafter).
For the n00bs:
*CAT = Computer Adaptive Test. Each correct/incorrect answer yields a slightly more/less difficult question, questions cannot be skipped, there is a score penalty for not finishing, and often there is a penalty for guessing incorrectly (an incorrect answer chosen in <30 seconds).
**CBT = Computer Based Test. Essentially a paper test on-screen--no book or bubble sheet. Some CBTs include on-screen annotation tools, but others only allow you to select an answer choice.
Penn clearly did very poorly on her LSAT (hence, GPA-heavy Boston College). Maybe you should think about business school instead?
Ok, let's continue this respectful disagreement but take a different angle. Jeffort, being that he is an LSAT tutor, theoretically has a personal bias to NOT modernize the test to a computer-based format. Obviously, revamping the test format and potentially altering question formats would throw his many years of expertise of the paper-based test out the window and require him to spend inordinate amounts of time learning the fine tips and pointers of how to navigate a new CBT version of the LSAT. Furthermore, LSAT tutoring centers would have to BUY tons of computers to properly administer the test to their students. Converting to a CBT version would cost Jeffort both time and money--and consequently, he would argue against changing the test even if he truly believed it was beneficial to test-takers. Jeffort, in a court of law, I'm sure your argument would be deemed biased and highly affected by personal interest, and therefore be irrelevant.
ha ha ha ha ha ha
You think it is about $$$$ and personal interest!!!! ha ha ha ha ha
I will refrain from including a 'think about the kittens' image.........
A Space Odyssey!
(and just so you know, in a court of law, it is not just assumed, but is actually deemed by the law that the advocates have a duty to serve the interests of the client, hence some sort of bias built in, but that is really just the foundation of the adversarial process itself!!!!!)
So, what's up with that big Yale word in your tar? (I have a sweatshirt with that word on it too, it cost me about $65 and I only wear it at home when it is cold outside and I don't want to turn on the heat.)
I respectfully disagree.
Worrying about bubbling wrong or clicking wrong when selecting your AC is your psychological and performance issue and part of the beast. If you can't bubble and overly stress about that super simple task, you will have much more trouble performing basic tasks under pressure that are the daily fodder of LS and being a lawyer. Would you like someone to bubble for you?
There are distractions everywhere in life, deal with it. And from what I saw, there are far more distractions in various forms with CBT/CAT tests than with paper based test administrations. Would you like to have the privilege of being able to face every challenge and proving ground moment in life to earn something in a utopia like cocoon wrapped in a warm blanket where the circumstances are perfect? If you can find a place in life like that where you can avoid the challenges and stuff, please tell us where it is. Until then, rise to the challenge, face off with it and do your best, life is filled with BS and distractions and such.
You don't need to be sharpening pencils all the time. When I took the LSAT I used one single wooden pencil, I did not sharpen it one single time and had not sharpened it for a week and had used the same one for all my practice tests in the last two weeks. Once you get a nice dull head on it you can bubble much better and faster.
If you know how to properly analyze the materials and work at a good pace (from practicing), you should not need to be reminded about how much time is left. Obsessing about the clock is a distraction and time wasted not analyzing the materials at a comfortable pace. The test is designed to be able to be completed within the time limit by people that manage their time effectively and simply just focus on working the materials/staying on the immediate task at hand.
If you can't keep track of deadlines and abide by them to avoid late fees or whatever, you will get creamed in court/in litigation and the Judges are really going to come down hard on you. It's called procedure and it is your responsibility to follow it. Almost as simple as knowing what time you are supposed to show up for work and actually showing up.
Immediate score release, Yey, if you can't wait three weeks for a score, good luck not going totally crazy waiting for LS finals grades, bar exam results, and going through protracted litigation with cases that take years to make it through the court at a snails pace.
Cheating is very much possible. That is one of the main reasons LSAC has totally abandoned the prospect of computerizing the LSAT as of now. Like Earl said, it has to do with the item bank. People can easily memorize logic games they see and post and tell others about them, which opens the door for some people getting an unfair advantage if LSAC uses the same item more than just once on one day. That prospect defeats the purpose of CBT in terms of saving money and resources by being able to recycle/re-use test content multiple times.
There are many very long detailed research reports from LSAC about CBT/CAT that you can pull down and read for free on the LSAC site in the LSATnet area. Many years of deep research.