# Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?

#### mentor

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2007, 01:05:59 AM »
Supposedly...

Take your SAT (say, 1200), divide it by 1/2 (600), drop the last zero (60), and add a one in front (160) to get your predicted LSAT score, plus or minus 5 points (155-165).

It's a wide range, and you're not necessarily bound by it.  For example, you may have been very unprepped for your SAT, etc.

1200 divided by 1/2 is 2400.  But we know what you meant.

I heard it was just the math section that correlated.

#### mentor

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2007, 01:08:12 AM »
You're confused on the meaning/reguirements of general correlation.

As long as I'm busting your balls, 'reguirements' isn't a word.

#### Chris4984

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2007, 08:58:16 AM »
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I heard it was just the math section that correlated.

I'm sorry but I find this quite ridiculous...the only thing that would be similar to math would be the logic games, but please don't try to compare reading comprehension and the logical reasoning questions with math...Whoever came up with that correlation?

#### rucoach

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2007, 08:59:12 AM »
It can't just be math that correlates.  Over 1/4 of the test is RC, a purely verbal skill.  I would say that the LSAT is far more verbal than math oriented.  Much of the difficulty people have with the test is understanding exactly what is being asked by the prompts.

#### traydeuce

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##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2007, 11:12:10 AM »
Well I got a 99th percentile on the one and a 98th on the other. I'm sure there's a correlation; how strong it is, I don't know.

#### mentor

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2007, 04:15:47 PM »
Sure it could.  The ability to follow a mathematical process and the ability to follow a logical process, which is what LR boils down to, could be very related.  That doesn't mean that V doesn't correlate, just that M does.

#### mentor

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2007, 12:45:17 AM »
Well, my SAT math score correlates perfectly using the method with my LSAT score, so everybody else's should too.

You're confused.  The word is actually 'reguiring' - no second 'e' - and doesn't exist as a noun.

#### devilishlyblue

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##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2007, 07:02:45 PM »
We've been discussing this on the "applications" section of the board.  The formula over there is pretty close to the one y'all have here:

(SAT/21 + 101)=LSAT plus/minus 5.

It seems to work pretty well anecdotally.

Mostly this works because plus/minus five is a freaking gigantic range.  Doing the formula in reverse is a 200-point range on the SAT (roughly plus/minus one standard deviation).

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,97120.msg2465645.html#msg2465645

#### ySKhYr

##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2007, 09:41:56 PM »
We've been discussing this on the "applications" section of the board.  The formula over there is pretty close to the one y'all have here:

(SAT/21 + 101)=LSAT plus/minus 5.

It seems to work pretty well anecdotally.

Mostly this works because plus/minus five is a freaking gigantic range.  Doing the formula in reverse is a 200-point range on the SAT (roughly plus/minus one standard deviation).

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,97120.msg2465645.html#msg2465645

Wow that was only 2 points off for me.

2 pts off for me too, but the formula on the second page (SAT/2 and drop zero/add 1 in front) was dead-on.  1530SAT/2 = 765, drop last number = 76, add 1 = 176.

and the other metric (verbal score, drop 0, add 1) was nearly right as well.  I had a 750 verbal, for a predicted 175.

#### devilishlyblue

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##### Re: Is there really a correlation between the SAT and the LSAT?
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2007, 09:52:02 PM »
The three formulas are remarkably similar.

SAT/21 + 101
(SAT/2)/10 + 100 = SAT/20 + 100
(SATV)/10 + 100 =~ SAT/20 + 100 (assumes verbal and math roughly similar)