ERIC Number: ED470515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Test Takers with Disabilities: A Summary of Data from Special Administrations of the LSAT. LSAC Research Report Series.
Wightman, Linda F.
This report provides information about test takers with disabilities who participated in a variety of accommodated administrations of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Results indicate the number of LSATs administered with accommodations increased 100% from 1990 to 1993. During that 4-year period, more than 2,700 LSATs were administered under accommodated conditions. Accommodated tests for test takers with learning disabilities constituted approximately 60% of the total number of test accommodations. A standard print test book with extra time was the most commonly requested and granted accommodation. Results also indicate test takers with disabilities who took accommodated tests were more likely to be male, White, and considerably more likely to repeat the test. Test takers with disabilities who took an accommodated LSAT administration tended to perform as well or better than test takers who earned scores at a standard LSAT administration. Applicants who presented a test score identified as nonstandard were admitted to law school in the same proportion as would be predicted by LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average. Finally, data indicate first-year grades in law school earned by students with nonstandard LSAT scores (n=261) were considerably lower than other students. An appendix includes accommodation request forms. (Contains 19 tables and 5 figures.) (CR)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Aptitude Tests, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Testing, Grade Point Average, Law Schools, Law Students, Learning Disabilities, Legal Education (Professions), Postsecondary Education, Scores, Student Characteristics, Test Results, Testing Accommodations, Timed Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Law School Admission Council, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test