You diagnosed in the 160's and improved your score by roughly 10 points. Not everyone diagnoses at 160 in fact not everyone diagnoses at 150 or even 140.
You might be right in that if someone literally spend 10 years studying for the LSAT they could go from 145 diagnostic to 170.
People start from different areas and you can train your brain to improve, but everyone has their limits.
We could then trace it back to the SAT where again not everybody scores a 1500+. This is again because people have their limitations.
You started at 151 although in your previous post I was pretty sure you said you diagnosed at 160.
My whole point on this entire thing it results differ and not everyone can achieve a 170. The test is learn able and you can certainly improve your score, but everyone has their plateus. Some people might be able to improve their diagnostic by as much as 20 -25 points while other can only improve 10-15.
I started with a 141 diagnostic. I ended up with a 155. Had I studied for a few more months maybe a year I might have been able to get to 160. I really do not think I could have scored much higher than that.
However, odds are you can probably improve 20 points from your diagnostic with a LOT of studying. With that start if you spent a year and a few thousand dollars and did not hold a job I would imagine you could get a 170.
Well why doesn't everyone get a 170 then. If it is just work ethic everyone should be able to get a 170 or 175. If someone wants to put a standard that is above you I am sure you will say that is to far. Do you even go to law school by the way out of pure curiosity? Generally people that speak with such condescending tone on an internet site with anonymous people don't get so upset. My whole point was that everyone has limits on their LSAT score. Of course you can improve it, but not everyone gets a 180. Percentiles come into the mix believe it or not it is a standardized test in which 80% of people will finish in the bottom 80%. Percentiles etc are part of standardized testing. If the ABA put a limit saying you should have to get a 160 to be in law school then that would be fine. Maybe they could even make it 170. Anti improved by 18 points and 151 + 18 as I understand it is 169. Maybe we should set the bar at 170 if you can't get a 170 on the LSAT you should not be in law school. You can set the bar wherever you want and at some point only a few people will be able to achieve it. This is because human beings have limitations I imagine even you cannot pull a 180 on the LSAT no matter how hard you try. Although if you have not officially taken the LSAT yet I hope you do pull a 180. That would be awesome and I wish everyone could score that highly, but reality is a female dog and very few people score as high as they would have expected or hoped. This is because only 20% of people can finish in the top 20%. If you are not in law school yet you will realize the same thing happens with your grades. On the first day of class everyone is convinced they will be in the top 10% and your grades will be based on work ethic etc. Some people at the beginning go so far as to say they cannot understand how anyone could not finish in the top half of the class. Sadly the people that make those kind of statements don't realize they have a 50% chance of being in the bottom 50% and 50% of the time they end up in the bottom half.
Well if you ever take the LSAT hopefully it goes well. Same for law school. I am doing fine in law school myself with the LSAT score I received even being paid to work in law firms. Be careful when calling people dopes who do not get a 160. It is very possible you will end up not scoring that considering a 160+ puts you in the top 20% of test takers. Before people actually do things they are convinced they will succeed and be the best. Almost everyone in undergrad feels this way about themselves. Then they have to take the LSAT and 80% of people believe or not do not finish in the top 20%. Still even if they did not finish in the top 20% of test takers they can still attend law school. Many convinced the best was b.s. etc, but at any school the incoming 1L students are convinced they will finish in the top 20% of the class. Again, 80% of people do not finish in the top 20%. Most 1L's are dissatisifed with their grades overall and most people would like to have done better on their LSAT. Again only 20% of people can finish in the top 20%. If you ever put yourself out there and take the LSAT or go to law school you will realize these things. Hopefully, you finish in the top 20% of LSAT takers and if you go to law school in the top 20% of your class, but there is an 80% chance neither of those things will happen for you. Good luck to you.
I have not yet taken a statistics class, but maybe you can enlighten as to how more than 20% of people can finish in the top 20%. Maybe I am way off base, but as my rudimentary math skills go if I had 10 people taking a test only 2 of them could finish in the top 20% of test takers. If I am mistaken on that premise then the Los Angeles Unified School District failed me miserably and hopefully you can help me out.
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