Interrelating LSAT Scores and IQ

What is the Relation between Your LSAT Scores and Your IQ

Before we delve into understanding the relationship between your LSAT result and your IQ, let us first understand the individual meaning of both the terms.

What are LSAT scores?

An LSAT score is simply the test result of the Law School Admission Test. It is an expression of your correct answers in the test. It is a very simple formula and very mathematical in nature.





What is IQ?

An IQ score, or the Intelligence Quotient of a person is the measure of the intelligence of a person and is therefore based on general life, the aptitude of the person, and various test results and thus is very relative in nature. For example, if my score in LSAT is very high but I have scored a low score in my GMAT or SAT or any other competitive test, then my IQ through my LSAT result is not my correct IQ. Neither is my IQ through the GMAT or SAT test's results my correct IQ. So what exactly is my correct IQ?

IQ is the analysis of an individual`s intelligence based on all available data about the individual. Tests that he/she may have taken, measure only the intelligence quotient or the IQ score of the person in relation to the test and the subjects associated with the test.

Therefore, what is LSAT IQ?

IQ based only on the LSAT test's score is a subjective measure only and cannot be your general IQ. Having said that though, this test's score can sometimes be related to the general IQ of an individual because at the end of the day he/ she has answered the test using his/her intelligence. Because the LSAT is not an easy test and along with being a test of knowledge also tests skills and general aptitude, to a certain extent, the analysis of the intelligence of the person, can be done through his/her scores.

When we talk about the method of calculation of an individual's intelligence through these scores, we come across many schools of thought and all of them are equally justified in their own regard.

Mathematically, the score can be calculated by equating the result of LSAT and IQ but most of these methods are very controversial and none has been proved totally right. For example, if we consider the LSAT percentile scores, they simply denote of the percentage of candidates that have scored lower than the other. This percentile is then mathematically converted to an IQ figure. For example, if your percentile is 80%, which is very high, then your test quotient can be 129, which is also very high. This is not a completely logical inference and therefore the intelligence scores converted from your LSAT results are not taken into account during admissions and are singularly not that important.

A high score in the IQ test conducted by Mensa brings a lot of social respect and automatically allows you to join a few of the elite social clubs within and outside your campus but, one has to understand that the score you achieve in your law entrance test is at the end of the day  more important than anything else and so a high score in LSAT holds more prominence because it can get you a seat in a top law school.

In a nutshell:

The LSAT results and scores from IQ tests are related to each other but are very varied in nature. There are many conversion tables and formulae available for determining the IQ of a person through his/her result in LSAT but none has been proved to be completely acceptable, therefore the scores derived from this test are used only for admission purposes.