3v3ryth1ng wrote:There is absolutely, unequivocally, beyond a shadow of a doubt no advantage to be gained (in terms of difficulty) by taking the LSAT in one month and not another.
The statistics about which months have the most forgiving curves is accurate-- and it is meaningless. Don't draw any conclusions from it.
While it may be true that the curve perfectly compensates for the difficulty of the test, it does not follow that an individual's chances of doing well do not vary month-to-month. Even if the overall distribution of scores were the same for all administrations, this distribution would still fail to capture the % rank for individuals across those administrations. For example:
Let's say that I have some background knowledge of meteorites. This may enhance my performance on RC sections involving meteorites, and thus, increase my overall score. However, so long as there is another test-taker who is less familiar with meteorites, the overall distribution won't change. Nevertheless, I would in fact stand to gain from taking that particular administration, all things being equal.
Similarly, for someone who has a significant and fixed rate of stupid mistakes, an easier curve will be more forgiving since his or her errors are not wholly connected to the difficulty of the test. However, there are presumably enough people who make fewer dumb mistakes, but are more sensitive to difficulty, whose score will suffer in a harder administration. Of course, the benefits/harms would be reversed at an easier administration with a tougher curve. So long as these benefits and harms are roughly proportional and so long as the numbers of people affected by them are roughly equal, there will be no change in the overall distribution.
I found that, near the end of my studying, nearly all my mistakes were stupid. This resulted in better scores on tests with easier curves since my mistakes were unrelated to the test's difficulty.