AD1818 wrote:McGruff wrote:AD1818 wrote:They don't change much. There's a reason for that. If you get 170, you basically did better than 97ish% of the people who took the test. If somehow getting a 170 meant that you only did better than 90% of the people taking the test for the next 3 yr cycle, well then a 170 wouldn't get you into t14 any more.
The super vast majority of people are not capable of scoring 170. It may not be that literally 97% of test takers are incapable, but it's probably not far off from that.
Everytime someone makes a post saying they got a 163 or 164 and have a good GPA, every post says re-take, as if it's guaranteed that with more practice you will be able to hit 170. That is absurd.
No more absurd than speculating groundlessly that "it's probably not far off from that" which implies that, for the most part, people taking the LSAT are already getting the best score of which they are capable. Your proposition is that, with years of work, day in and day out, if their life depended on figuring out the LSAT, they wouldn't get 5 more points? That is absurd. I look to logic games to see whether or not people have come even close to maxing out their potential. It is very rare that people with a 163 got -0/-1 on games, and games are perfectible. If you haven't spent hundreds and hundreds of hours practicing different ways of doing them, then you haven't yet earned a good reason to disagree with this.
The nagging feeling brought on by settling for less than your best is often consoled by the pretense that you're actually already doing your best, that you've hit your ceiling and nothing more can be done. The truth is that there is a ceiling at play and it is reflected in the scores that people get(as well as other aspects of their life), but the limit isn't on your aptitude, it's on your drive.
Games are perfectible. Games within 35 minutes are not perfectible by everyone.
Take it from someone who has done every single game that the LSAT has ever offered at least once, and most several times.
The idea is simple. If you started at a high 150 and were able to study up to a 165, yea you can probably get into the 170s with more work. If you started at a 145 and were able to get to a 160, it seems much more likely than not that more studying will not ever get you to 170. And don't forget, studying = opportunity cost as well. If that second person COULD get to 170, it might take him hundreds and hundreds of hours. All before he ever steps foot in a law school. It MAY prove to be a good investment of time compared to hours spent in law school, but not necessarily compared to hours spent doing something different altogether.