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.
The appropriateness of Perpetua would probably depend on the tone of the writing. When I used it, I (half playfully) thought the extra space made the words sort of resonate.
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.