Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


LSAT not the definitive test

Wherry the one slithering

No honesty, integrity here

LSAT not the definitive test

Re: "LSAT isn't all about intelligence" Oct. 26

To the Editor:

I would like to bring attention to a few points for the people who have been arguing the LSAT's validity in determining law school success.

The LSAT is composed of three types of questions – reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. These questions can be from the fields of history, law, science, philosophy, etc. and they must be answered from the actual passages and not from one's knowledge of the subject.

How can the questions be culturally biased if they are related to content? The objective of these questions is to test critical thinking skills under pressure (a crucial facet in the law profession)! If you have the ability to think critically and logically, there should be absolutely no problem answering a question that you have no knowledge about.

Aleem Visram egregiously wrote that the LSAT does not take into consideration work ethics, values, morals, personality, practical problem solving, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, intra or interpersonal knowledge. That is exactly why law schools take into consideration the interview, GPA, extracurricular achievements and letters of recommendation. Applicants are not accepted into professional schools solely on the basis of admission test results.

Visram also said that "there are variables that are proven to affect intelligence, such as heredity and the environment." Well, how can heredity and the environment possibly be tested for?

It would be miraculous if such issues were testable, but the procedure would be infinitely exhaustive and the admissions people do not have that kind of time with so many people applying to law schools every year.

Complaints are usually devised by those who lack the necessary skills and the motivation to work hard enough to gain acceptance to a professional school, such as law.

Denis Grigoras
Psychology II

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