stargazin wrote:I guess I'm one of few who says bring on the LSAT CBT! For all of the LSAT's insane rules (like not allowing mechanical pencils while allowing snacks, coats, etc in the room), it's still not as secure as a CBT. With a CBT (like the GMAT), you put all your stuff in a locker outside the room. Your jacket must be left outside. They check your pockets. The only thing you can bring in with you is
the plastic scratch pads they give you. There are cubicles separating people seated next to each other, etc.
Where did you go where they actually checked your pockets? Lol.
There's plenty of space on the scratch pads for diagramming/notes, and it's a dry erase marker so you can erase whatever you're done with. Not being able to mark directly on the test might be harder (I would definitely have a harder time with RC also), but it would be harder for everyone. One thing that is easier is you don't have to worry about the time because the time left on a section is accurately displayed at all times. If you want to change an answer, you don't have to worry about erasing a bubble, leaving smudges, etc. You don't have to worry as much about misbubbling since the answer choices are right next to the bubbles you click on. And the obviously the writing sample would be easier to do.
What's this about dry erase markers? The proctors are instructed to give you only one set of six sheets of scratch paper, and one black marker. You can't erase a dry erase marker off a piece of paper. In fact, the reason they give you the marker is to make sure you are limited in how much scratch paper you can use, precisely because you can NOT erase it...
Also, if you want to change an answer on the GMAT, you can't. Once you complete a question, you may not return to it (though this is because GMAT is computer adaptive, not just because it's on a computer).
And not diagramming GMAT RC is not a problem, because their critical reasoning (equivalent to LR) and their RC are substantially easier (and shorter). I can't imagine reading Noguchi on a computer screen and not being able to underline anything. And I like being able to circle answers and return to them.
However, this is probably not going to happen because I don't know how Prometric sites will be able to accomodate so many people at the same time for a test administered 4 times a year. The GMAT can be administered almost every business day because it varies the kind of questions you get depending on your performance during the exam...for example, if you get a question right, you'll get a harder question next, if you get one wrong, you get an easier question, so since no one gets the same exam, they don't release prior tests like the LSAT does. Since LSAC releases all prior tests, it's impossible to administer the test every day, which means it's impossible to fit everyone into the Prometric sites with only a few administrations a year. Yes, I've thought a lot about this topic.
Agree, for this reason and many others.