jason8821 wrote:All I can really state are my own observations, and I am just one person. I find it interesting that you had a cut off at 144. 144 is an extremely high IQ, and even on the more liberal Stanford-Binet, I believe that would be noticeably lower than 1% of people. That said if by "top notch" education you are saying that you went to a private school, than I do agree that the combination of an atmosphere where knowledge is viewed as a virtue, (and being able to chug Milwaukees best is not as big of a concern), and an extremely high IQ would almost guarantee a 1300, the same way that a 130 IQ essentially precludes one from scoring say an 800 no matter. Of course if you are "extremely intelligent" you will master tests such as the SAT with or without a good education, and once you get to a certain level, you may be there, but for those people in the 120's and 130's who still score really high on the lsat, and I believe they are out there, I think there are other defining factors. An example of this is "how much did you read in high school? are you a really detailed note taker? are your parents extremely organized?" again, I'm not a psych guy, just think other things play a role. In your case a diagnostic of 170 almost certainly proves that you have a great deal of aptitude for the test no matter where you went to school, but what would be incredible is to see someone who maybe did not grow up in an area where education was cherished, and maybe didn't read a lot, than the LSAT would be more "Innate" IMO.
here is how the Stanford Binet is rated. Ten point from 100 is one standard deviation, which means in the sample, 90-110 is 66% of people, 80-120 is 95%, and 70-130 is 99%...most studies I have seen usually take cutoff of 120 or 125.
LSATs are not considered to be pure intelligence or aptitude tests, nor pure acievment tests. The ideal for intelligence or aptitude tests is testing is measuring a constant construct that doesn't change, ie is innate. However, the reality is that IQ tests have to be regularly re-standardized UP every 10 years or so...some say it is because of increased nutrition, some say education...*shrug*
Funny when people complain how much stupider people are becoming though