A careful reading of this gentleman's words betray his true intention: to vicariously praise the LSAT.
To get you to speak for him in defense of the LSAT, he adopts an ingenious pretense: logic games -- the most learnable section of the test, the section to which many of us owe our substantial score improvement -- should be scrapped because they (1) do not reflect the tasks that a practicing lawyer performs; and (2) unfairly privilege those who prepare for them. (1) is a red herring: the only function of the LSAT is to predict 1L grades. (2), on the other hand, strikes at the heart of LSAT preparation, and is what sparked this glorious flame.
After declaring war on logic games, he plants the subtle notion that successfully preparing for the LSAT corrupts one's integrity. Those who successfully prepare for the LSAT, in other words, are inevitably and incorrigibly biased in favor of the test.
kill lsat wrote:I'm really focused on eliminating the games section and I know that virtually everyone on this blog believed that at one point in his/her life. But, once they committed to the LSAT and things worked out for them, they started to sing a different tune.
Next, to ensure that people come to the defense of the test, he characterizes the preparation process that many of you went through not as a rigorous 0L rite of passage, but as an unholy abomination; the Labors of Hercules pale in comparison to the agonizing, heart-wrenching, soul-crushing experience of LSAT preparation. Cue the noise (try to read any of these overwrought, maudlin appeals without scoffing at the blatant absurdity):
kill lsat wrote:WE ALL KNOW THE MISERY this test causes tens of thousands of law school prospects every year!
kill lsat wrote:There have to be studies to demonstrate the agony caused by the LSAT for all prospective students and the underprivileged, in particular.
kill lsat wrote:the games section (and, more generally, the entire LSAT) is little more than a con having the effect of preventing the vast majority of people from getting into the law school of their choice
kill lsat wrote:4 games in 35 minutes is more like a cruel joke.
kill lsat wrote:I would bet you had your own share of heartache that you felt was needless torment preparing for the LSAT, particularly the games section. Can you remember back to the time? Was it fair to you, your family?
kill lsat wrote:You cannot support the interests of the poor and under-represented, while you simultaneously support standardized tests.
kill lsat wrote:If you have neither the money to attend a solid prep course nor the time to do much prep, then you have nothing. Your innate intelligence, academic background and professional experience will not help you -- unlike in the other sections.
TL;DR: games are torture. Wait, what's this paradoxical gem?
kill lsat wrote:I agree with your husband, however, that they [logic games] are, in fact, fun -- my engineering background made me fall in love with them as entertainment.
Even the best flames slip. This slippage was overlooked, but when he mentioned the finest LSAT test preparation company, one TLS member called him out:
prezidentv8 wrote: kill lsat wrote:
FeelTheHeat wrote:There are FEW things in life that require less time and effort in exchange for payoff than the LSAT. ... I frankly could give a rats ass how hard someone has it it with community events, etc. You are not being surprised by how important it is. It is YOUR decision, one which you know just how important the implications are, and if you cannot dedicate the time necessary to conquering it than how am I supposed to believe you are every going to be able to prioritize your cases properly? If you don't have time for it, wait.
I would bet that a single mother of 4 would find it easier to prioritize her cases or yours
than to prioritize the needs of her children on the poorly paying job she has. Many like her give up their dreams -- and law schools become overpopulated with people who seem incapable of empathy. Even poor, struggling people are entitled to have aspirations and we have to lower barriers for them, not create artificial ones, like the LSAT and particularly the games section. How fair is it that she has to compete with people who only have to worry about whether they were idiots at last night's frat party? Those juveniles will have their parents send them to Kaplan. The mother will do her best preparing for the exam and will probably do poorly. I would bet her hard times, empathy, tough choices and drive would make her a far better lawyer than someone who makes the kind of cold, calculated, unsympathetic arguments many on this blog have. But, we'll never know.
Egregious Kaplan trolling.
Yet he continues to garner serious responses. How do you read this:
kill lsat wrote:Expand the time on all sections, so we can get a better sense of who really knows the answer, rather than who has the best test-taking skills.
...and not think flame?