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ERIC Number: ED468758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Summary of Self-Reported Methods of Test Preparation by LSAT Takers for 1990-1991 Testing Year. LSAC Research Report Series.
McKinley, Robert
A study was conducted to examine patterns of test preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) during the 1990-1991 testing year. This represented an extension of an earlier study that examined self-report test preparation methods for the June and October 1989 test administrations. In this study, five types of analysis were performed: (1) determining the response rate for each test date to see if there were differences across administrations; (2) comparing respondents and nonrespondents in terms of mean LSAT score and mean age; (3) evaluating the utilization rates for different ways of test preparation; (4) evaluating the extent to which test takers used multiple test preparation methods; and (5) comparing users and nonusers for each method in terms of mean LSAT score and mean age. Overall, patterns in the results of the comparison of respondents and nonrespondents were consistent across administrations. The mean LSAT was higher for respondents than nonrespondents, and the mean age was higher for nonrespondents. Results indicate that caution should be exercised in generalizing findings of this study to nonrespondents. Patterns of use among the various methods of test preparation appeared to remain relatively stable across administrations. The most popular method was use of the sample questions in the Law Services Information Book, followed closely by use of another book not published by the Law Services, and the use of the sample test in the Law Services Information Book. These three methods were selected by 45% to 50% of respondents. Commercial test preparation courses were selected by as few as 28% of the respondents in February and as many as 40% in October. LSAT scores were generally higher for respondents who used these methods, and lower for those who used undergraduate courses, self-study, other methods, or no methods. (Contains 17 tables and 1 reference.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Law School Admission Council, Newtown, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test