What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
CroCop
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:34 pm

What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby CroCop » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:53 pm

I really do not understand how law schools explain their LSAT rankings. They have the 75th/25th and then the median. I don't know why they like to play these games, I just want to know what their fucking average is. :(

How can I find their average?

spondee
Posts: 462
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:53 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby spondee » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:57 pm

CroCop wrote:I really do not understand how law schools explain their LSAT rankings. They have the 75th/25th and then the median. I don't know why they like to play these games, I just want to know what their fucking average is. :(

How can I find their average?


Many schools will list the average on their website.

alexyoshi
Posts: 97
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:34 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby alexyoshi » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:00 am

median = average

spondee
Posts: 462
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:53 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby spondee » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:01 am

alexyoshi wrote:median = average


You flunk remedial math/statistics.

CroCop
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:34 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby CroCop » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:02 am

spondee wrote:Many schools will list the average on their website.


SMU only has the median on their website. Seems like most schools I look at do not have their average.

alexyoshi wrote:median = average


wow

User avatar
FlightoftheEarls
Posts: 859
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:50 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby FlightoftheEarls » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:05 am

The 25th/75th scores indicate the range that the middle 50% of enrolling students (not accepted, but enrolling) make up. 25% of the class will have a score of or below the 25th percentile score, and another 25% of the class will have a score of or above the 75th percentile score. The middle 50% will be somewhere between the two listed scores and dictate where the scores will be seet.

Example:

25th/75th:
162/166

Scores could look something like this, but on a much larger scale:

Less than or equal to 25th: 155, 156, 159, 160, 161,
Middle 50% of students: 162, 162, 162, 163, 163, 163, 164, 164, 165, 166,
Greater than or equal to 75th: 166, 167, 167, 169, 171


Does that help?

NewDay
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat May 16, 2009 1:44 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby NewDay » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:08 am

spondee wrote:
alexyoshi wrote:median = average


You flunk remedial math/statistics.


Actually he's right, median is an average, so is mean and mode. It's merely the connotation of average that is usually the mean.

spondee
Posts: 462
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:53 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby spondee » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:21 am

NewDay wrote:
spondee wrote:
alexyoshi wrote:median = average


You flunk remedial math/statistics.


Actually he's right, median is an average, so is mean and mode. It's merely the connotation of average that is usually the mean.


But if you're going to be so precise as that, if you're going to ignore the standard use of average as a synonym for mean, then it would be sloppy to say that median equals average: "is a kind of" and "equals" are not equal.

User avatar
NayBoer
Posts: 1013
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:24 pm

Re: What does 75th/25th LSAT mean?

Postby NayBoer » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:36 am

NewDay wrote:
spondee wrote:
alexyoshi wrote:median = average


You flunk remedial math/statistics.


Actually he's right, median is an average, so is mean and mode. It's merely the connotation of average that is usually the mean.
This. Although the default definition is 'mean,' it's certainly not the only one.

Median is just the 50th percentile. It's less informative because, due to clustering, the median score may be higher than the mean. So it's more useful to see the median, or even the 25-75, than a straight mathematical mean.

In any case, LSN is more informative than any of the numbers, especially if you are a splitter. For example, my GPA is sub-25th at NU and Penn, and is at the 75th for NU and above it for Penn. If I went by the numbers, I'd have a better shot at Penn than NU; in actuality, per LSN and hourumd, my chances are nearing zero at Penn and decent to good at NU. So go by LSN, not the numbers.




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: kpadoreo, UVA2B and 1 guest