ERIC Number: ED468756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Validity of Law School Admission Test Scores for Repeaters: A Replication. LSAC Research Report Series.
Wightman, Linda F.
This study, a partial replication of an earlier study by B. Pitcher (1977), examined the validity of using initial, most recent, highest, and average scores in decisions about repeat takers of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The study included only schools that enrolled 50 or more first-year students who had taken the LSAT on more than 1 occasion, resulting in a sample of 46 schools. As was consistent with earlier studies, repeat LSAT takers tended to earn lower scores no matter which score was considered. Data show that using average scores for repeaters tends to result in validity coefficients that are equal to or higher than the coefficients obtained using any of the other score options, but the differences are small. As in previous studies, data support the use of the simple average score for law school applicants who present multiple test scores. A primary advantage is that this makes use of all the data available about a candidate. However, score users need to be sensitive to individual differences among test takers and evaluate multiple scores in the context of additional information. (Contains 4 figures, 12 tables, and 7 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Law School Admission Council, Newtown, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test