The LSAT probably isn’t the first standardized test to play a role in determining your academic future. But should standardized testing play such a huge part?
The LSAT probably isn’t the first standardized test to play a role in determining your academic future. From SATs to ACTs to MCATs and GREs, standardized testing is a huge part of the U.S. education system and has been for a long time.
But should it be? Does it have to be? And will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a societal shift away from standardized testing?
In this episode, Branden & Jelena branch out beyond the LSAT to talk about . . .
Links and further resources from from this week’s episode:
California leading the nation in diminishing the role of SAT testing: http://lat.ms/2O0WZSZ
College Board discontinues SAT optional essays & subject tests: http://cnn.it/2MnCeQE
Colleges dropping SAT requirements during the pandemic: http://cnn.it/36wtXki
2013 study of race, poverty, and SAT scores: https://bit.ly/3rcYNXg
2015 study found family income highly correlated with SAT score: http://bit.ly/3pELJJT
TestMax Announces Justice in Action Program to Support 1,000 Future Lawyers: https://testmaxprep.com/blog/justice-in-action
33 Common LSAT Flaws, Available Now in Paperback & Kindle Formats: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B2KM2Q8/&field-keywords=lsat
Start Your BarMax Free Trial Now: https://go.onelink.me/3011142272/d02ba2de
Start Your LSATMax Free Trial: https://go.onelink.me/z1Zu/689fb4b4
The Road to 180: The Ultimate Guide to LSAT Prep (free on Kindle unlimited): https://amzn.to/3q4ifp1
Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.
In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.
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