Clearlynotstefan wrote:I started prep at 151, First official at 164, last official 176. I'm not alone either, plenty of people around here really put the work in and have the results to show for it.
I do not think this is unusual, nor is it the norm. I don't think the "average", even average in TLS/LSAT terms, is capable of 180.
I took TestMasters, have an IQ of 135+, and have done 167+ on the LSAT, but I can't imagine a scenario where I could legitimately get -2 or less wrong on the LSAT. Nor does that bother me. It's a pretty hard test, and you have to be pretty smart to do extremely well.
Timing is the first component, as most people could get pretty much every Q right with enough time.
Then comes skill (practice), because you CAN prepare yourself. But ultimately, it comes down to...I don't know...natural intelligence? Something I can't define myself. My TestMasters teacher got a 180 his first time taking it (rejected HLS and only would've excepted YLS), worked for Microsoft during the week during the day, and was so much smarter than me that I spent the time before classes (where admittedly I was the only one there) just asking him questions about what it was like/what it felt like to be THAT smart.
I mean, it's subjective. Don't judge yourself as a person based on this test. I'll be taking it for my 5th time and, due to lack of nerves, I'll do better than I ever have. Doesn't make me useful in today's economy. Just means if I can practice a LOT for a test, I can ace it. Nobody cares. Don't do law school because of lack of other choices.
The LSAT ain't a measure of your IQ, no matter what MENSA says. It's a measure of how well you can do on the LSAT, which, depending on your natural intelligence and educational background, can be a very hard test.