Is The LSAT An Accurate Description of Me?
Most people reading this may rather be more familiar with the MCAT, but besides medical school, I am sure there are a few prospective law school students out there, with myself being one of them.
As a prospective law school student, I am working very hard on my GPA (not saying they are high); at the same time, I need to manage this Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Like all other standardized exams, the LSAT is long and difficult. It consists of four scored sections, an experimental and a non-scored writing section. Each section is 35 minutes long, and chances are you will be mentally deprived after the first two sections. What you will be scored on is your ability to read and think logically in restricted time period. For example in the logical game section, you will be asked if A said B lied and B said C lied and C said I didn’t lie, so among the three, which one is not lying. Imagine doing twenty of those questions along with some deductive logic reasoning questions and four long confusing articles. You will most likely be out of mind after the first hour into the test. For this test, you not only have to think logically, but also efficiently. I have to say most people lose their efficiency due to mental fatigue, which in turn lead them to an undesirable score for the LSAT.
While during admission, law school committees claim to look at students in every aspect, but under the table, we all know what their decisions are based on: GPA and LSAT, and with some law schools emphasizing more on the LSAT. The challenge about the LSAT is that a 168/180 is already a 99th percentile; however with that LSAT score, it is rather difficult to obtain admission from well-known law school.
There is a question that I always ask: can I be described by just two numbers? It is true that people who are good at school/tests may be successful, but the reverse relationship may be mistaken. A score from a standardize test can’t determine who I am. It also cannot determine my ability. Consider my friend who scored in the high 170+ range for the LSAT, he can’t manage his own personal life but rather having it planned by his mother, not to mention how he managed to learn to cut his own nails in grade 12. So if the LSAT can seriously inform the law school committee about a person’s ability, then he has more ability than me, assuming my current score obtained from practice test is not in the high 170 range.
Let’s then go back to the question: Is the LSAT an accurate description of me? My answer is no. It is rather tragic that admission committees emphasize their decision on a number that I obtained from a standardized test. It may be true that it is necessary for lawyers to think logically and efficiently, but writing a test about logic in restricted time doesn’t predict a person’s potential in becoming a lawyer.
Regardless of what has been said about the LSAT, this is what law schools are looking for, and miserably, I better get back to it now.