Paul L. Caron

Monday, October 14, 2019

50% Of July LSAT Test-Takers Cancel Their Score

National Jurist, 50% of July LSAT Test-takers Cancel Their Score:

LSAT (2017)Approximately half of those who took the July Law School Admission Test (LSAT) decided to kill their scores.


Well, because they could.

For the first — and only — time, test-takers could see their scores and choose whether to keep them. Normally, you can’t see them. If you think you did poorly and want to cancel, you do so blindly.

The test was going digital, with one half taking it in the new manner and the other half doing so by paper and pencil, the traditional way. So this option was offered, given that test-takers didn’t know which mode they would get.

That no-lose proposition enticed a big crowd. Twenty-three thousand took it. And about 11,500 of them said, um, never mind. The only explanation is that they didn't think they did good enough - and the definition of good enough varies dramatically among test-takers.

They had until September 4 to decide, so they had time to mull it over.

To put it in context, test-takers who cancel their scores under normal conditions are usually a tiny minority. Last year, only 3.6% did so. That’s within the normal range of between 3 and 4%, according to Josiah Evans, director of assessment sciences for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which runs the test.

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