RodionRaskolnikov wrote: since each LG on the LG section on this June test were on 2 pages rather than 1, and since they were given as experimental on previous tests on 1 page, this means that the previous and current taking of said section are significantly different to warrant the curve set by them inappropriate for current test takers.
Someone explain what the problem here is, because I don't get it
The whole experimental sections are used as a scientific experiment. Let's just look at another scientific experiment to show you what I mean. Suppose that you are wondering if the amount of light has an effect on plant growth. You have two plants. The first plant you give no light, and the second plant you give light. EVERYTHING ELSE has to remain same. The amount of water, the humidity and temperature, and everything else must remain the same. The only variable that can change in the experiment is the one you are testing. If the results are different (let's say the plant with light grew 5 inches but the plant without light died), then you can say that amount light (because it was the thing different between the plants) but NOTHING ELSE (because everything else remained the same) has had an effect on the plant growth difference between two plants. THe experiment would be flawed, or it would be flawed to say that light had an effect, if you changed something else along with light, let's say you gave different light and different temperature, placing one in the freezer and one in the desert or something.
The experimental section on the LSAT works the same. They are testing the difficulty of the questions, or the questions themselves. Thus, the only thing that can change between the time they tested the questions as experimental, at which point they derived the curve, and the actual administration of those questions are the people taking it. THe questions will remain the same, and everything else MUST remain the same for them to ensure that the curve they received when giving the questions as experimental will be appropriate for people who took it for real. But, since they changed the lay out, they cannot say, or it would be flawed to say, that the curve fits the latter administration of the LG section. Who knows if the people who had it as experimental but were surprised with extra space like we were would have performed worse, or better, or same?