Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

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Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby JurisDoctorate » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:48 pm

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby gdane » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:50 pm

What do you mean "precancelled scores"?

The curve is established before the test is given. At least thats what the masses say. So, nothing that happens on the test determines what the curve will be.

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby JurisDoctorate » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:53 pm

Oh, I see. I thought it was established after the fact.

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby Adjudicator » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:54 pm

Does anyone actually know when/how the curve is determined?

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby YCrevolution » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:54 pm

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby gdane » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:54 pm

From what Ive gathered, and I believe this is correct, the curve reflects the difficulty of the test. If a test is particularly difficult, LSAT will loosen the curve. It if is easier, LSAC will tighten it.

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby gdane » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:56 pm

Adjudicator wrote:Does anyone actually know when/how the curve is determined?

LSAC has their own grading system for their questions. They put questions through a bunch of tests and use the results to figure out what questions are univerally easy or difficult. They then add the appropriate questions and adjust the curve as is necessary.

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby YCrevolution » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:57 pm

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Re: Do they use the pre-cancelled scores to establish the curve?

Postby gdane » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:58 pm

YCrevolution wrote:
gdane5 wrote:From what Ive gathered, and I believe this is correct, the curve reflects the difficulty of the test. If a test is particularly difficult, LSAT will loosen the curve. It if is easier, LSAC will tighten it.

This is sort-of true. The curve is established so that X-percentile of test-takers get a certain score (or better), consistent from test to test. Ideally, a person who scores in the top 2% in one test will have the same score as a person who also scores in the top 2% in a later test.

Oh. Ok. That actually clears up a question I had.




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