MikeSpivey wrote:searching61 wrote:Hi! Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm wondering if you can explain the methodology behind the numbers on your LSAT score/applicants per cycle blog posts (like this http://blog.spiveyconsulting.com/every- ... ts-change/)
Are these numbers totally accurate / comprehensive as of date of posting? Does LSAC report this? Just trying to get a sense of how to interpret this, thanks!
Ahh, this time a year came earlier than usual. If you did a search of "Spivey Consuting" on here you would see dozens upon dozens of these exact same posts (I'll spare you the time). "Where do they get their data? How do they break the USNWR rankings a day early?" "Surely these are fake" "who are they paying to get an early copy of the magazine" (one of my favorite because the rankings magazine come out a month after the online version), etc. I'll just say a few words so I can copy and paste in a month when we get some new data and share with everyone. because sharing is good
We are given the data. As are many people, mostly law schools. There are various entities that aggregate law school and applicant data. If you are applying to law school you are using one right now. We are never given individual data, of course. But we get lots of things a bit early -- LSAT registrants, test-takers, rankings, LSAT bandwidth/geographical/school up or down data starting Dec. We usually tweet it (we tweeted some new breaking Dec LSAT taker data two days ago) and if it is a large set, we put it on our blog. And it is almost always entirely 100% accurate. (or we wouldn't post it).
Trust me when I say that we would never post something we didn't think was 100% credible, because if our numbers weren't spot on it wouldn't really do us or you much good. I'm sure we have miscalculated before, or the data we have gotten has been wrong from the provider at some specific small area like a percentage (because then we get a follow-up email saying actually one of those percentages was wrong) and we quickly update.
Also, you mentioned methodology. Our methodology is we are given the data and post it. That simple. That data is simply aggregated from all test-takers. So it's not like anyone is reverse engineering or creating advanced algorithms for the data. It's simply adding up all of the test takers/applicants with their results etc. We don't do it because, of course, we don't know who all the test-takers are. We are just given it from the entities (can you see I'm not saying names intentionally) that have the aggregate data.
But if you really want to see this question explode. Just wait till law school rankings time I may send some people to you for us!
Haha yeah probably should have searched this one first, but thanks for answering in full anyway, very helpful! Of course happy to help with weathering future barrages of this question