Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

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Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby niederbomb » Thu May 31, 2012 3:16 pm

Is there a correlation, negative or positive, between one's ability to recall details off the test, or what one wrote on the test, afterwards and the grade one receives?

Last semester, it seemed like there was a positive correlation. On my 3 LSAT's, there was definitely a positive correlation. The 177 is seared into my mind, but the earlier 162 was just a blur. Any consensus?

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Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby jess » Thu May 31, 2012 5:06 pm

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Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby Lyonsoccer87 » Thu May 31, 2012 5:10 pm

there is no correlation, i have a curse of being able to remember every damn thing on the exam. The problem is that on every Multiple choice test i know for a fact that i missed 1 or 2 questions and then i'm unsure of a couple more. In the end, I ended up with an A in both my multiple choice tests even though i remembered the questions i missed. Everyone misses shit, but some ppl are lucky and forget everything as soon as they're done.

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Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Thu May 31, 2012 5:25 pm

When I lay down at night to go to sleep during the exam period, issues/details start to creep into my mind of the exams I have taken. When I am unoccupied now, 3 weeks since my last exam, I remember random things about the exams, usually thinking of things that I missed. This happens every day after the exam until I get the grade. So, to answer your question, there is no correlation for me between remembering details and what my grade has been because I usually only remember what I should have said. Sure, I guess you could make the argument that the more you think about what you should have said, the lower your grade tends to be because you think you missed more issues. But truth be told, you don't really know what the professor is looking for and even if you do, you most likely don't know how much weight that particular aspect is given.

In short, there is probably a very weak correlation if any--memory has very little to do with law school exams, especially when most are open book. Your question infers a correlation between one's memory ability and performance on a law school exam, which would likely share no statistical significance.

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