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"The Curve"

"The Curve"
« on: December 05, 2004, 02:16:50 PM »
I understand there is some curve to the LSAT, but do the test scores really vary that much from test to test.

I took my "Next 10" preptest book and looked at scoring for 76 correct for preptest 29-38 and the scores were sequentially...
161, 162, 162, 162, 162, 161, 161, 161, 160, 161.

That's very little change over 10 tests spanning 4 years.

I think that the relative ease/difficulty of a test is mostly from an individual perspective and can be skewed by one seemingly easy section.   So, despite hearing talk of 'this being a tough curve', it seems like 2 points one way of the other is the most we are talking about.  And if you'll notice, none of the tests listed above changed by more than one point from test to test.

What do people think?


AmbitV

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Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2004, 02:18:59 PM »
well people here are mainly concerned with that magical 170 number.  Apparently the difference between 169 and 170 is very important to them

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2004, 02:19:39 PM »
"So, despite hearing talk of 'this being a tough curve', it seems like 2 points one way of the other is the most we are talking about. "

2 points is a LOT.  10 wrong compared to 12 wrong for 170 is a big difference.

bhvexille

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2004, 02:20:52 PM »
It's the difference that would give me a shot at georgetown and uva

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2004, 02:23:51 PM »
I think they're'll be a lot of high scores and they'll have to compensate with a rough curve...  The December group should be no more intelligent than any other group, it's only the test that may have been easier.  Or maybe our sample is unrepresentative and a lot of our second-timers are simply doing better.

I wonder if the books out there are having the opposite of their intended effect, I wonder if they're making it more difficult to get an awesome mark because, all of a sudden, everybody's scoring better.

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2004, 02:25:27 PM »
Since less than 5% of people score 170 and up, I don't think MOST people are concerned about that, though there do seem to be a lot of high scorers here.

Is the difference between 169 and 170 that big of a deal?  Or are people being misled by the fact that most of the admissions % data is done in groups of 5 that start at scores ending in 0 and 5?

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Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2004, 02:27:18 PM »
Casca,
What will we do with ourselves now.  No LSAT to pre for.

Waht the hell, lets do it again in Feb.

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2004, 02:27:48 PM »
lol, i think ill pass on that.

although im not completely done with the lsat yet since im tutoring someone for the feb test.

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Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2004, 02:53:01 PM »
Can you imagine what the people that took the October 1997 LSAT must have felt like afterwards? Here is their chart:
180  96 (-4)
175  90 (-10)
170  84 (-16)
165  78 (-22)
160  71 (-29)
155  63 (-37)
150  55 (-45)

They probably all thought they bombed it and/or it was the hardest LSAT they'd ever taken :)

bhvexille

Re: "The Curve"
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2004, 02:55:45 PM »
I took that as a diagnostic and it was easy as heck