6 Semi-Interesting Takeaways from LSAC’s Demographic Data
- Dec 06, 2012
If you want to know how much time the LSAC spends analyzing the demographics from every administration of the LSAT, you only have to check out data they release after each one. Here’s the most recent of LSAC’s reports.
In it, you can see trend lines for pretty much any combination of demographic information you’d ever want to know (and, for the most part, stuff you really don’t care about). So what are some of the fun facts to be discovered within its pages?
1) Canadians love the LSAT
Outside of the United States, Canada clocked in at number 2 with 7.1% of LSAT test-takers sitting for the exam. And since there isn’t a draft on, I assume the vast majority of them are actual Canadians.
2) Canadian and foreign LSAT test-takers are smarter than the average US LSAT test-taker
While only slightly, those taking the test off of US soil had a higher mean LSAT score than those with two feet squarely in the US of A. I’m going to assume this is because of all the US students studying abroad because I am a patriot, sir, and your counterargument is treasonous.
3) If your name is Jack, you’re not fooling anyone
Around one-tenth of one percent of students refused to indicate their gender while filling in their demographic information. This group also had the highest mean LSAT score of all the gender subgroups.
4) All other standardized test trends you’ve ever heard hold up on the LSAT as well
5) June/October LSAT test-takers do better on the exam than December/February LSAT test-takers
To me, this is no surprise. The people who tend to prep for the LSAT the most also schedule the exam earliest in the year and then don’t need to retake. The people who take the December/February LSAT tend to fall into three camps. The first camp is retaking an October LSAT score with which they weren’t happy, and LSAT scores tend to stay within 3 points of the original score. The second camp procrastinated/isn’t that serious about law school/isn’t that organized, all of which don’t help you prep for the LSAT. The third camp (and this one always breaks my tiny, jaded heart) consists of full-time workers who had to continually postpone the LSAT because of their work schedule – they also tend to have less time to prep during the week, despite having more drive to do so.
6) LSAT test-takers in New England had the highest average LSAT scores; the lowest was found in the Southeast/South Central US
So what’s this tell us about how you should prep for the LSAT? Well, to me, it suggests you should become a white New Englander of indeterminate gender who moves to Canada for a few years and takes June or October LSAT.
Or, and this is probably a better way to go, just forget about all the demographic information, realize that you’re not defined by that stuff, and study for the LSAT just as you would any other. Who cares what the averages are? You’re one person, and you should be aiming to score as high as you possibly can on the LSAT, trends be damned.
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