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LSAT Rescored Due to Flawed Question

NEWTOWN, PA (January 22, 2001) The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced today that approximately 3,000 test takers from the October 7, 2000 administration of the LSAT will receive a one-point score increase due to a decision to eliminate a flawed question from the test.

The flawed question was discovered by a test taker who notified the LSAC earlier this month. After a careful review, officials at the LSAC determined that the logical reasoning question has no correct answer. Consequently, the LSAC has rescored the test without this question and is reporting to test takers and law schools only those scores that have increased. In no case will anyone’s score increase by more than one point. No scores will decrease. The affected test takers represent a fraction of the 37,847 persons who sat for the October 7, 2001 administration of the LSAT.

"I called to thank the college student who brought this to our attention," said Philip D. Shelton, president and executive director of the LSAC. "This is a rare event, one that we take every precaution to avoid. But when something like this occurs, we are ready admit our mistake and take whatever steps are necessary to correct the error."

According to Shelton, it is the first time since 1989 that LSAC has had to recalculate and rereport LSAT scores due to a flawed question. Over 4,000 different questions have been administered to well over 1,000,000 test takers during the past decade without a similar incident.

"The one-point score change is well within the standard error of measurement for LSAT scores," Shelton said. "A difference of one-point should not have an impact on any admission decisions already made. Nonetheless, the LSAC is reporting all score changes to law schools to which the test taker has applied in the interest of accuracy."

The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all LSAC-member law schools. It consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one reading comprehension, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections. The fifth section is typically used to pretest new test items and to preequate test forms. The score scale for the LSAT is 120 to 180.

The LSAC is a nonprofit organization whose membership includes 183 ABA-approved law schools in the United States and 15 Canadian law schools.


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