LSAT Curves and Test Dates, Correlation?

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JohnV

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LSAT Curves and Test Dates, Correlation?

I read an artcile recently posted somewhere that December had the most forgiving curve, supported by statistical data from the past decade or so of test. I found it after realizing my latest PT had been pretty terrible but I still got a decent score somehow, noticing the test was in December. Is this generally accepted? Is there some kind of logic behind why this would be the case?

EDIT: I'm sure this has been posted before and I probably should have searched for it, I'm basically just posting to see myself post at this point. Need to get myself back into LSAT study mode after taking a few days off.

dowu

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Re: LSAT Curves and Test Dates, Correlation?

JohnV wrote:I read an artcile recently posted somewhere that December had the most forgiving curve, supported by statistical data from the past decade or so of test. I found it after realizing my latest PT had been pretty terrible but I still got a decent score somehow, noticing the test was in December. Is this generally accepted? Is there some kind of logic behind why this would be the case?

EDIT: I'm sure this has been posted before and I probably should have searched for it, I'm basically just posting to see myself post at this point. Need to get myself back into LSAT study mode after taking a few days off.

Its random little breh, and its equated, so the short answer to your question is no; we don't think taking the December test is going to help you score better than you normally would. HTH.

Clearly

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Re: LSAT Curves and Test Dates, Correlation?

http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/ea ... -june.html

If you look at the data it certainly does not appear to be random, Dec has a consistently easier curve over a decent amount of time.

As was pointed out, the equating should produce a test that is indicative of your skill regardless of curve, but some people prefer a certain style of test. I personally do not get tripped up as easily on typically hard questions, but occasionally make stupid mistakes. I'd rather have a hard questions/easy curve combination to soften those mistakes than a easy questions/hard curve that accentuates them. Most of my highest test scores have been Dec tests.

cc.celina

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Re: LSAT Curves and Test Dates, Correlation?

Clearlynotstefan wrote:I personally do not get tripped up as easily on typically hard questions, but occasionally make stupid mistakes. I'd rather have a hard questions/easy curve combination to soften those mistakes than a easy questions/hard curve that accentuates them. Most of my highest test scores have been Dec tests.

This is credited. It theoretically shouldn't matter, but given that a high proportion of my mistakes are brain farts/overthinking easy questions, and I tend to get harder questions right, a more forgiving curve is <3

Then again don't let this decide when you take the LSAT. It'll MAYBE mean a 1-pt difference at MAX, and it's much more important to take the test on time to apply at a reasonable date.