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So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:54 pm
by masterthearts
I have a 3.87 gpa from an Ivy Leauge, URM.
I prepped and prepped for the lsat the entire summer and also took a course. My starting lsat before I prepped was 153.
Now, I can get anywhere from 159-165 on practice tests.
I can just as easily get a 159 as I can a 165 on Oct 9th when I take my first REAL lsat.
Yet my future depends on this ONE test.
A 159 vs. 165 will make ALL the difference in what schools will ultimately accept me.
So UNFAIR!
Anyone else feel the same way. 4 hard years of studying and my future hinges on one exam!

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:56 pm
by Grizz
masterthearts wrote:So UNFAIR!


Cool story bro

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:57 pm
by whymeohgodno
It's kind of unfair but on the other hand it's fair because undergrad GPA can be inflated and depends so much on what major you are also.

And LSAT is the only real standardized way of knowing how you stand in comparison with other applicants.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:00 pm
by kalvano
How is it unfair? Everyone takes the same test under the same conditions.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:00 pm
by im_blue
masterthearts wrote:I have a 3.87 gpa from an Ivy Leauge, URM.
I prepped and prepped for the lsat the entire summer and also took a course. My starting lsat before I prepped was 153.
Now, I can get anywhere from 159-165 on practice tests.
I can just as easily get a 159 as I can a 165 on Oct 9th when I take my first REAL lsat.
Yet my future depends on this ONE test.
A 159 vs. 165 will make ALL the difference in what schools will ultimately accept me.
So UNFAIR!
Anyone else feel the same way. 4 hard years of studying and my future hinges on one exam!

:roll:

There's nothing unfair about a standardized test that every law applicant has to take.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:01 pm
by masterthearts
kalvano wrote:How is it unfair? Everyone takes the same test under the same conditions.


The fact that I can get a 159 vs. a 165 is what makes it unfair!

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:01 pm
by whymeohgodno
im_blue wrote:
masterthearts wrote:I have a 3.87 gpa from an Ivy Leauge, URM.
I prepped and prepped for the lsat the entire summer and also took a course. My starting lsat before I prepped was 153.
Now, I can get anywhere from 159-165 on practice tests.
I can just as easily get a 159 as I can a 165 on Oct 9th when I take my first REAL lsat.
Yet my future depends on this ONE test.
A 159 vs. 165 will make ALL the difference in what schools will ultimately accept me.
So UNFAIR!
Anyone else feel the same way. 4 hard years of studying and my future hinges on one exam!

:roll:

There's nothing unfair about a standardized test that every law applicant has to take.

But I has ADD.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:02 pm
by The Gentleman
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Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:03 pm
by d34d9823
kalvano wrote:How is it unfair? Everyone takes the same test under the same conditions.

Clearly, the test score is arbitrary and everyone scoring better than OP is doing it by pure luck.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:04 pm
by Bildungsroman
masterthearts wrote:I have a 3.87 gpa from an Ivy Leauge, URM.
I prepped and prepped for the lsat the entire summer and also took a course. My starting lsat before I prepped was 153.
Now, I can get anywhere from 159-165 on practice tests.
I can just as easily get a 159 as I can a 165 on Oct 9th when I take my first REAL lsat.
Yet my future depends on this ONE test.
A 159 vs. 165 will make ALL the difference in what schools will ultimately accept me.
So UNFAIR!
Anyone else feel the same way. 4 hard years of studying and my future hinges on one exam!


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Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:04 pm
by Patriot1208
d34dluk3 wrote:
kalvano wrote:How is it unfair? Everyone takes the same test under the same conditions.

Clearly, the test score is arbitrary and everyone scoring better than OP is doing it by pure luck.


The funny thing is that the OP has to worry about this far less than the rest of us because of being a URM.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:06 pm
by whymeohgodno
Patriot1208 wrote:
d34dluk3 wrote:
kalvano wrote:How is it unfair? Everyone takes the same test under the same conditions.

Clearly, the test score is arbitrary and everyone scoring better than OP is doing it by pure luck.


The funny thing is that the OP has to worry about this far less than the rest of us because of being a URM.

You Racist Dawg.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:06 pm
by HeavenWood
If it's any consolation, your URM status will give you considerably higher reach, whatever score you get.

I'm in a similar situation (only I'm not a URM). I have a 3.94 GPA and have flatlined in the low-mid 160s on PTs (I've had more 163s than you can shake a stick at). Would it be nice if I could score higher? Of course. Do I dwell on my limitations? Not really... and you shouldn't either.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:09 pm
by whymeohgodno
HeavenWood wrote:If it's any consolation, your URM status will give you considerably higher reach, whatever score you get.

I'm in a similar situation (only I'm not a URM). I have a 3.94 GPA and have flatlined in the low-mid 160s on PTs (I've had more 163s than you can shake a stick at). Would it be nice if I could score higher? Of course. Do I dwell on my limitations? Not really... and you shouldn't either.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:10 pm
by HeavenWood
^lol I meant similar GPA/LSAT wise... definitely not similar in terms of chances!

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:16 pm
by Veyron
Ooooooo so unfair that so much of law school admissions hinges on a test that probably is more applicable to your school performance than any other standardized test.

Sorry you dumb brah.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:19 pm
by dextermorgan
Your future doesn't depend on one test. See, after law school you have to take this thing called the bar exam. It's pretty important from what I understand. Thus, your future depends on at least two tests.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:20 pm
by northwood
life is unfair. get used to it

If you are not happy where you are dont go to the test and study more for a later test date

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:24 pm
by Helmholtz
Law school exams are really going to piss you off.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:26 pm
by 03121202698008
Helmholtz wrote:Law school exams are really going to piss you off.


Get back to work! :D

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:26 pm
by Helmholtz
blowhard wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:Law school exams are really going to piss you off.


Get back to work! :D


I'm too busy being pissed off.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:28 pm
by 03121202698008
Helmholtz wrote:
blowhard wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:Law school exams are really going to piss you off.


Get back to work! :D


I'm too busy being pissed off.


About? or /sarcasmfail?

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:29 pm
by Helmholtz
blowhard wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
blowhard wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:Law school exams are really going to piss you off.


Get back to work! :D


I'm too busy being pissed off.


About?


Law school exams, duh.

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:29 pm
by 03121202698008
Helmholtz wrote:
Law school exams, duh.


LOL. Your check is on counter btw...

Re: So unfair that so much weight hinges on an lsat score

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:49 pm
by Unemployed
masterthearts wrote:I have a 3.87 gpa from an Ivy Leauge . . . My starting lsat before I prepped was 153. Now, I can get anywhere from 159-165 on practice tests.


This may be a scathing indictment on your grade-inflated Ivy League rather than evidence of LSAT's inadequacy. Just saying, brah.