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A. Enhancing Law School Admission Testing
As noted above, ABA-accredited law schools must administer a valid and
reliable entrance exam that will advise the student and the law school of
the applicant’s likelihood of success in the school’s curriculum. Thus, a
strong incentive exists for law school applicants to prepare for and take
an entrance exam. To prepare for the entrance exam, applicants learn
the exam’s objectives and content areas. Diligent applicants study for the
exam by taking simulated practice exams. Thus, the entrance exam sets
a threshold level of applicant competence. And additions to the entrance
exam would raise the threshold level of competence to desired levels. By
adding substantive, content-based questions to the current version of the
LSAT, we can ensure that students will learn the content in an effort to
demonstrate their competence with the material. As noted above, current
applicants lack an awareness of basic events in American history and basic
concepts in American government and economics. Drawing such material
into the LSAT or another valid and reliable law school entrance exam will
cause law school applicants to build a firm foundation in the material prior
to entering law school. Note this approach is common to other professional
school entrance exams. For example, in addition to testing writing skills,
verbal reasoning skills and cognitive skills in the biological and physical
sciences, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) also assesses bi-
ological and physical science content
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Likewise the Dental Admissions
Test assesses students’ proficiency with scientific knowledge as well as
their perceptual and reading comprehension abilities
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And the Graduate
Management Admissions Test assesses students’ quantitative abilities, as
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