How to get LSAT questions correct
LAS VEGAS (AP) — LSAT students should focus on the most important questions first, and be ready to answer them quickly, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Las Vegas was the latest in a string of legal challenges to the state’s standardized test, which has been criticized for its focus on cramming students in cramming rooms and other elements that can lead to mistakes.
The appeals court said students can’t rely on what the test says about whether they have an aptitude for the material.
Instead, it said students must be able to answer questions quickly and accurately.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the court’s ruling would likely prompt the U.K. and Australia to overhaul their exams.
The court said it was clear from the test that students could not make any “robust” distinctions between material they could not understand or the types of questions they could answer correctly, and that the test is designed to be a “safe and accurate” measure.
The decision by the appeals court could also affect other states’ tests.
A federal judge in Michigan last month temporarily blocked the state from using the LSAT for the first time since it began testing in 2004.
The state has argued the new test is accurate and that it should be mandatory for every student.
The new test, now scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, was designed to give students a chance to take the LSAC’s most popular test, the SAT, which it claims is the most widely used in the country.