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THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.

THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« on: April 25, 2008, 11:39:27 AM »
Can someone please explain why the LSAT is still paper-based and not computerized like the GRE?

It's ridiculous.

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Re: THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008, 11:40:31 AM »
I would go crazy with a keyboard in front of me trying to doodle flowcharts.

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2008, 11:42:43 AM »
Probably the same reason it takes 3 weeks to grade some scantrons and they don't offer refunds for cancellations... they have a monopoly so they can do whatever they want.  Why invest in the infrastructure to do all of that when they can continue running their business as is with no significant changes and people have to use it because that's all there is?

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008, 11:46:48 AM »
Probably the same reason it takes 3 weeks to grade some scantrons and they don't offer refunds for cancellations... they have a monopoly so they can do whatever they want.  Why invest in the infrastructure to do all of that when they can continue running their business as is with no significant changes and people have to use it because that's all there is?

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Re: THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008, 11:47:16 AM »
I would go crazy with a keyboard in front of me trying to doodle flowcharts.

Flowcharts? As in bubbling in answers? CBTs (Computer based tests) aren't even like that... I took the computer based GRE and it was so simple and straightforward.

Probably the same reason it takes 3 weeks to grade some scantrons and they don't offer refunds for cancellations... they have a monopoly so they can do whatever they want.  Why invest in the infrastructure to do all of that when they can continue running their business as is with no significant changes and people have to use it because that's all there is?

Why you ask? Because it would save an inordinate amount of money eliminating ALL the paper work, scantrons, people who process every thing. Actually the GRE gives you your score as soon as you finish...

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008, 11:50:33 AM »
Actually it's also harder to cheat. Instead of a proctor who occasionally glances around, computer based tests have a camera recording you at all times. You also can't bring ANYTHING in the room--since you're using a computer. 

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Re: THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008, 01:38:07 PM »
Can someone please explain why the LSAT is still paper-based and not computerized like the GRE?

It's ridiculous.

Because the GRE is a ridiculous test that doesn't matter quite as much as the LSAT ?

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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008, 01:43:12 PM »
You act like the current test questions are ACTUALLY GOOD PREDICTORS of how well students will do in law school...
Actually, they are. They do correlation studies and the LSAT is a very good predictor... certainly much better than using GPA. (That whole "three hours counts more than three years" complaint is actually true for a reason...) Read one sometime, it's interesting.

Re: THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2008, 08:31:33 PM »
The GRE is a freakin waste of time. Just like the SAT...

Most testing centers also test mutliple tests at the same time and have different time slots for beginning the test. This means you have people entering and exiting the testing room during your test.

Re: THE LSAT NEEDS TO BE MODERNIZED.
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 07:23:58 AM »
The GRE is a freakin waste of time. Just like the SAT...

Most testing centers also test mutliple tests at the same time and have different time slots for beginning the test. This means you have people entering and exiting the testing room during your test.

At least you get your own booth with sound buffer head phones, and view blockers. There's nothing more distracting than hearing everyone taking the test turn to the next page of the exam and you realize you're STILL working hard on the previous page...then the anxiety instinctively builds.