Scalvert wrote:Different enough to account for that much of a decrease? I would think the verbal scores 34/33 from my ACT would correlate to a much higher LSAT score.
There isn't a very strong correlation between LSAT and SAT, ACT verbal, IQ, or anything else. </thread>
While I agree that the correlation between IQ and standardized test scores may not be all that strong, it does exist. And I actually disagree that there is not a very strong correlation between the LSAT and SAT. The facts just don't back you up. With that said, correlations are not entirely predicative no matter how strong, and it is very, very possible that someone could have the skills to do very well on one exam and not on the other even if the scores on an exam correlate generally. Further, the correlation could be largely down to how much effort people put into preparing for the tests rather than individuals cognitive abilities.
Scalvert - yeah you are competing against a much stronger pool when you take the LSAT, and it can definitely be part of what accounts for the difference. The ACT pool includes individuals who don't go onto college at all, while the LSAT pool, besides being a pool of all college graduates and soon to be graduates, is likely self-selected towards above average students and those who are likely to excel on the LSAT in the first place because they are good at the kind of reasoning it tests.
Also, I believe math majors actually score the highest on the LSAT, as a lot of the analytical reasoning and logic skills required to be good at math are helpful on the LSAT. So despite the LSAT not having any math on it, if you find math difficult, it is not all that surprising that certain questions on the LSAT might trip you up.