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Which is more impressive - a 1600 on the (old) SAT or a 180 on the LSAT

180
 45 (58.4%)
1600
 8 (10.4%)
Equally Impressive
 6 (7.8%)
Who cares?
 18 (23.4%)

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2005, 01:57:34 AM »
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I like to think that those scores mean that I am very good at a certain type of thinking under certain circumstances. Which can be very useful. But low test scores don't mean that a person isn't incredibly good at a different type of thinking under different circumstances. My friends are all over the map in terms of their standardized test scores and their GPAS, but they're all really bright. I don't know how well they'd all do in law school, but then, I don't know how well I will do in law school either.

Yeah.  I get so angry that I can't write snarky comments about the multiple but equally  valid ways of interpreting a question that I forget what I'm doing and score lower.  (Wow, I'm wondering if I should have majored in philosophy.) 

Working until 2 a.m. the night before the LSAT wasn't exactly helpful, either. You know, you're making me want to retake the test, even if my apps are already in.

On a more serious note, I'm told that success in law school has more to do with memory.  If you're good at math, you'll be good at the LSATs, but if you're the kind of person who took the curve in orgo, you'll ace law school.

History tests, complete with dates, figures, and battles, is a test of memorization. Orgo requires a lot more than that.
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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2005, 02:07:49 AM »
My vote is for the 180.  Again, more people may be impressed by the 1600, but the 180 is more impressive amongst those who know what a 180 means.  I may be a little bit biased on this though.
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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2005, 02:21:25 AM »
This is kinda like the Harvard Law School survey that came out with HLS ranked #1. :)

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2005, 05:48:24 AM »
i heard if you take your verbal score, add a 1 in front of it, and divide by 10 it's a good way of predicting your LSAT score. 

Sort of worked for me:

Verbal= 740
Add 1 in front=1740
divide by 10=174

My LSAT score: 173

I didn't exactly live up to my past, but ah well.

This formula works for me, but I studied for the SAT for about an hour... and I only took it once.  The LSAT was a different story.

I think it is funny how we look at a "perfect score."  A 180 just seems so much better than a 179, even though that is absurd, just because it is the best, and we like to talk about the best.  Hell, a 180 doesn't even mean you necessarily got all the questions right. 1600, too?

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2005, 10:31:30 AM »
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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #35 on: November 20, 2005, 11:16:26 AM »
This formula works for me, but I studied for the SAT for about an hour... and I only took it once.  The LSAT was a different story.

I wish it worked for me.  But I agree, the LSAT is a different animal.

I think it is funny how we look at a "perfect score."  A 180 just seems so much better than a 179, even though that is absurd, just because it is the best, and we like to talk about the best.  Hell, a 180 doesn't even mean you necessarily got all the questions right.

No, but there's still something there, I think.  I got three or four 179 practice tests, but never hit 180.

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2005, 11:19:47 AM »
I mean, I think that most of us here... mature adults in our 20s and 30s... could probably score a 1600 on the SAT now.  It's probably only hard when you're a 16 year old kid.  Conversely, the LSAT is probably tough for everyone. 

Both of my SAT sections were 730s, so it's kinda close for me.  It makes sense that I did "better" on the LSAT because I had never even seen an SAT before taking it (one reason I don't have much respect for it, considering how well I did) and studied like mad for the LSAT

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2005, 11:52:28 AM »
I just proctored a PSAT, and there was an extra copy that I was flipping through while the kids took the test. It looked pretty easy, I have to say.

And about getting questions wrong and still getting a perfect score - That has screwed me on the PSAT, SAT, and LSAT, where I never got a question wrong. Except for the math ones. I got several of those ones wrong.   

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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2005, 12:37:14 PM »
According to this:

http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/about/news_info/cbsenior/yr2003/pdf/table_3b.pdf

1540-1600: 99+
1480-1530: 99
1450-1470: 98
1420-1440: 97
1310: 90
1210: 80
1140: 69
1000: 45

Funny personal note about this: Both my SAT and my LSAT are borderline 98/99 percentile (1470 & 171).  Damn.


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Re: More impressive...1600 or 180?
« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2005, 01:08:55 PM »
I honestly think I'd probably do worse on the SATs today than I did at the time.  I haven't done any math to speak of in years.