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Super Significant Question regarding LSAC Policy: Dig vs Pap

lathlee
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Hi. Dave and other amazing staff.

I was just updated that 2019, LSAT will be given in 9 times. Why is this happening? Is this due to increased competition from GRE and/or LSAC has been losing money or something? BTW, a person can write a LSAT as much as one wants in anytime (NON-4 times limit within 2 year time limit) Still stands especially for accommodated students?

What kind of changes will be expected in terms of Test level; even if only considerable test level ?

Now for the important matters:

Q.1 of four important matter, IS LSAT Still going to be more important factor in Law School admission for US Law school or now the significance of LSAT will be reduced but GPA will matter bit more, If GRE will weigh little bit more, by how much more? I still don't see GRE will weigh as much as LSAT for admission in terms of US Law school like a Canadian Law school (I know LSAT Still matters little bit more than GPA as well in Canada but not in extent of US Law School regarding LSAT vs GPA ratio significance in US )

Q.2 of four Most important matter, now, Which LSAT in which Month will be considered as NEW "December LSAT" back in era of LSAT occurred only in 4 times for law school admission? Even if law schools didn't declared this information,

Q.3 of four Most important, how many of these 9 LSAT, will be non-discrete vs discrete ? As in whether students will have more access more prep tests studying material than the current 2018 Pattern ?

Q.4. probably most important, I think Dave knows, There has been controversy for long time Regarding DIGITAL GRE VS PAPER GRE; as far a I know some level of controversy still exists: in GRE, because back in the days till late 2000's , a testtaker Cannot go back in Digital Test format; Question level in Digital GRE was considered as compartively Easier than Paper Version GRE.

As time progressed, more and more percentage of people preferred to favor digital format , so GRE Committee changed a policy for grading Digital GRE which was not IDEAL direction change : as in, if a student does well in difficult Questions in the beginning, that student will score higher than the students who got more number of questions correct late in the later half of questions. Do you think LSAT will face similar controversies?
Dave Killoran
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Hi Lathlee,

Some thoughts below!


lathlee wrote:Hi. Dave and other amazing staff.

I was just updated that 2019, LSAT will be given in 9 times. Why is this happening? Is this due to increased competition from GRE and/or LSAC has been losing money or something? BTW, a person can write a LSAT as much as one wants in anytime (NON-4 times limit within 2 year time limit) Still stands especially for accommodated students?

The stated reason is to make the LSAT more accessible, but of course it's partially because the GERE is competing in this space now. LSAC is fine financially, and accommodated test takers can take them all from what I've heard.



lathlee wrote:What kind of changes will be expected in terms of Test level; even if only considerable test level ?

None. LSAC has stated it is the same exam, just on a tablet.



lathlee wrote:Q.1 of four important matter, IS LSAT Still going to be more important factor in Law School admission for US Law school or now the significance of LSAT will be reduced but GPA will matter bit more, If GRE will weigh little bit more, by how much more? I still don't see GRE will weigh as much as LSAT for admission in terms of US Law school like a Canadian Law school (I know LSAT Still matters little bit more than GPA as well in Canada but not in extent of US Law School regarding LSAT vs GPA ratio significance in US )

Currently the LSAT is still king, and will be until the ABA makes the GRE a full-fledged competitor. For example, currently if you have an LSAT score on record, that score must be used, and thus if you have an LSAT and GRE score, the GRE score is ignored.

Eventually, I expect the two tests to be used equally, but that will take several more years :)



lathlee wrote:Q.2 of four Most important matter, now, Which LSAT in which Month will be considered as NEW "December LSAT" back in era of LSAT occurred only in 4 times for law school admission? Even if law schools didn't declared this information,

It' an interesting question as to whether that will be November or January. This year, January was treated more like December, however.



lathlee wrote:Q.3 of four Most important, how many of these 9 LSAT, will be non-discrete vs discrete ? As in whether students will have more access more prep tests studying material than the current 2018 Pattern ?

Do you mean disclosed? If so, LSAC will still only release 3 tests a year, and that will be the case even when there are 10 LSATs a year being administered (which is coming up soon).



lathlee wrote:Q.4. probably most important, I think Dave knows, There has been controversy for long time Regarding DIGITAL GRE VS PAPER GRE; as far a I know some level of controversy still exists: in GRE, because back in the days till late 2000's , a testtaker Cannot go back in Digital Test format; Question level in Digital GRE was considered as compartively Easier than Paper Version GRE.

As time progressed, more and more percentage of people preferred to favor digital format , so GRE Committee changed a policy for grading Digital GRE which was not IDEAL direction change : as in, if a student does well in difficult Questions in the beginning, that student will score higher than the students who got more number of questions correct late in the later half of questions. Do you think LSAT will face similar controversies?

No, mainly because the Digital LSAT isn't adaptive at all. See how it works here: https://familiar.lsac.org/. It's basically the paper test on a tablet!

If they do make further changes (and they might eventually, they are now set to do whatever they want) then we'll have to see what they say, but it will really depend on how they would implement such an idea. Fortunately, it's not an issue any time in the near future :)

Thanks Lathlee!
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