Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Have “Maxed Out.” This Test Is Not Learnable.

This must be the most frequently said statement with regard to LSAT preparation. I must have heard it a thousand times. Understanding the fallacy of this statement is vitally important to LSAT prep. If you believe its true, you will be encouraging a self fulfilling prophecy.
So on to debunking the myth:
The first thing to keep in mind is that the LSAT is not an IQ test.
Remember that.
The optimal IQ test is designed not to be learnable, it is meant to test “how smart you are” – enabling one to study would defeat the purpose. Instead of testing your innate “brilliance” the IQ test would be testing your ability to learn new skills.
The LSAT (thank g-d for us) is an exam designed to test certain skills. Namely, the ones LSAC think are determinative of a “good future lawyer”. The validity of that statement is debatable, but irrelevant because I can teach you the skills to become a “good future lawyer”.
The LSAT being designed to test a certain skill set yields two inferences:
First, a bad score does not mean you are stupid. It merely means that currently you lack the skill set to do well. E.g., if you sat me infront of a canvas with paint, nothing would happen. Oh, the canvas would get colored but no “picture” would appear. Why? Because I lack the skill set necessary to paint a picture. Does that mean I am unintelligent? No. It merely means I lack innate aptitude to painting (which I most definitely do) and that I was never taught how to paint.
Second, the test is learnable! Thats right, it can be learned. Learn the skill set, beat the test. In other words, learn how to hold a paint brush, how to make different sized strokes and how to draw, make a Picasso. (Alright maybe not a Picasso, although truthfully, Picasso’s don't look that hard ☺)
So how did I learn the skill set? Now that’s a good question. Keep reading this site!
In sum, are you scoring consistently in the 177-180 range? If not, you have NOT maxed out.

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