How do LSAT Medians work?

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How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby glitched » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:18 pm

So if a school has hypothetically an LSAT 25/75 of 167/172 and a median of 170, will the distribution look more like this:

160 160 164 165 167 167 168 168 169 169 170 170 170 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177

or like this:

160 160 166 167 167 170 170 170 170 170 170 172 172 172 172 172 175 176 177 178 180

It looks like a super small difference with such a small sample size of 21, but imagine multiplying this by like 500.

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby Ragged » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:21 pm

Don't you see how your question doesn't really make sense?

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby glitched » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:25 pm

well lets say i have a 168. in the first scenario i will actually be in the group and it looks like i have a shot at getting in. in the second scenario there is no one with a 168. and the only people with anything less than a 170 look slike a URM? I am pushing it haha A LOT but i am just curious...

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby incompetentia » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:26 pm

The schools will know. Perhaps you could ask them.

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby whymeohgodno » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:29 pm

leeronalda wrote:So if a school has hypothetically an LSAT 25/75 of 167/172 and a median of 170, will the distribution look more like this:

160 160 164 165 167 167 168 168 169 169 170 170 170 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177

or like this:

160 160 166 167 167 170 170 170 170 170 170 172 172 172 172 172 175 176 177 178 180

It looks like a super small difference with such a small sample size of 21, but imagine multiplying this by like 500.


Only the schools know this.

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby Ragged » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:32 pm

You'd have to have specific data for all of the school's applicants to know that. I'm not sure that kind of info is available. D'be cool to know though.

EDIT: Cornell's median and 75th are 168, so that lets us know alittle bit about the exact class composition. Maybe you can glean something similar about some other schools.

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby im_blue » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:35 pm

leeronalda wrote:well lets say i have a 168. in the first scenario i will actually be in the group and it looks like i have a shot at getting in. in the second scenario there is no one with a 168. and the only people with anything less than a 170 look slike a URM? I am pushing it haha A LOT but i am just curious...

Stanford accepts very few < 170 even with a 3.9+ GPA. Retake.

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby mst » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:43 pm

Honestly, every schools distribution is remarkably different. Go to LSN and look at some of the graphs from last year, it will give you a sense of the variation you'll find. Basing your chances on admission by simply looking at the 25/50/75 marks is relatively rudimentary, and requires a ton of assumptions. That's why I hate it when people give admissions advice like "Oh, well your under their 25th for LSAT but over their 75th for GPA, you're golden! Have fun at Harvard!"

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Re: How do LSAT Medians work?

Postby Ragged » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:56 pm

mst wrote:Honestly, every schools distribution is remarkably different. Go to LSN and look at some of the graphs from last year, it will give you a sense of the variation you'll find. Basing your chances on admission by simply looking at the 25/50/75 marks is relatively rudimentary, and requires a ton of assumptions. That's why I hate it when people give admissions advice like "Oh, well your under their 25th for LSAT but over their 75th for GPA, you're golden! Have fun at Harvard!"


lmao




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