Just wondering about how representative we LSDers are in terms of LSAT preparation and studying. Everyonere here seems to be incredibly focused and gung-ho about perfecting their scores (something I find alternately comforting and terrifying). It also seems like 170+ scores abound on this board with astonishing frequency.Do you guys think most people out there are studying this hard for LSATs too? Or are we just a very intense subset of the population?
Should we take into account our brethrens in the horror-stories board? I wonder how much that would change things.
I know about 10 people who have gone to law school in the past 2 or 3 years and neither of them know about this board and not a single one scored higher than a 155 (most of them under 150). Granted, my friends aren't a representative sample, but it reminded me there are people who go to law school that do not prepare for the LSAT. I'm not sure of the exact stats, but I thought I read somewhere that 80% of test takers score between 140-160 and that 170 was in the 98th or 99th percentile.I wouldn't worry about what other people are scoring. The scale is already set. Just hope to get a score that gives you a good chance to get into your target schools.
When friends ask me my score or how I did, I tell them "ok", but not quite as well as I hoped, and then when my score comes out they're really astonished! It takes me back to the reality about LSD v. the real world.
You're answering your own question.170+ is right around 98th or 99th percentile. It would stand to reason that if you're seeing a lot of that, it means that this board is absurdly unrepresentative. Think about it this way - for every person you see with a 172+ listed in their sig, there are 99 other people out there who don't have that.