ERIC Number: ED469177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Validity of Law School Admission Test Scores for Repeaters: A Replication. LSAT Technical Report. LSAC Research Report Series.
Dalessandro, Susan P.; McLeod, Lori D.
The fair and accurate treatment of multiple test scores for law school applicants who take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) more than one time is the focus of this study. The study reexamines the differential validity and predictive accuracy of the different test scores that are presented by repeat test takers. The study includes U.S. law schools that participated in the Law School Admission Council correlation studies in 1996 and 1997. Data are for 152 schools. The study also includes descriptive data comparing repeat test takers with those who only took the LSAT once. The data in this and previous studies underscore the need to consider individual circumstances when evaluating scores for repeat test takers. Although the aggregate statistics confirm that, overall, using the average score for repeaters provides more accurate prediction of first-year grades, there are individual test takers for whom this is not the case. There are also examples in which one of the other score options would provide more accurate information about an individual applicant. In some instances, the initial score provides the best prediction of first-year law school student performance. In other cases, the initial score does not reflect the ability of the test taker accurately, and the test taker has chosen to repeat the test to obtain a more accurate representation of his or her ability. If a general rule that is most fair to the majority of law school applicants, the data continue to support the recommendation to use the average score. However, score users need to be sensitive to individual differences. (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