But let's keep in mind that the average improvement on a re-take for someone with a 163 LSAT is about 1.6 points. Very few individuals are going to make the 10-point improvement you're citing in the example above.
I'm sorry but this shocking statement is further evidence that you don't know how averages work and also are willing to give the sort of bad, misinformed advice to people that could ruin the rest of their life/career. Just as anecdotal evidence, I improved 12 points on a retake. So like Darth Vader, "I find your lack of faith disturbing." Please look at the data I've cited below:
http://www.lsac.org/lsacresources/data/ ... erdata.pdf
According to LSAC's very own repeater data, LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have made the 10-point improvement I'm citing. Except this time, I'm actually citing it. I'd hardly call that "very few." The reason why the "average improvement" is only 1.6 points, is because thousands of people fail to properly prep themselves and thus DO WORSE, somewhat offsetting the thousands who do vastly better.
the school's rankings are not going to be skewed by its practice of averaging.
The school's rankings would be DESTROYED if they averaged. They are ranked top 20 because they DON'T AVERAGE. Please refer to my above posts in the context of what you've just learned about LSAT retakers if you still can't seem to get this. Nearly half of all applicants last cycle took the LSAT more than once. I'd say thats significant enough to "skew."
I'll admit I could be wrong...I would just hate for any applicant out there to assume the higher score will be used when the school is saying something different.
You ARE wrong. I would HATE for any applicant out there to assume that because schools "average," they shouldn't bother retaking the LSAT, potentially screwing themselves out of both their dream schools and SCHOLARSHIP $$$. The LSAT is very highly correlated with scholarship offers. These can be worth HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars. It's the most important test of your life and you get 3 tries. Why the hell wouldn't you maximize your chances. Do you want one lotto ticket or three?
I took the test one time and scored exactly at last year's UW median. With any luck, the school will start issuing decisions soon and we can compare actual outcomes rather than speculating.
I'm not sure what to do here except urge you to read these forums a bit more. Something tells me you didn't prep nearly as much as you should've. By all means, stick your head in the sand and "speculate" away. It's just too bad you seem to be completely against retaking the LSAT, I bet you could improve a few points and earn yourself thousands of dollars in scholarship money. Instead, you seem to want to speculate your way into 6 figures of debt to attend UW at sticker, for a coin-flips chance at being a lawyer.