Blueprint Spring 2014 Student
The strength of a company's curriculum is measured by how well their students perform on the LSAT. At Blueprint, our students average an 11-point average score increase from their first to their best practice exam.
Since the test is measured on a scale of 120-180, that means our students average an increase that amounts to 1/6 of the test. Wow.
To put the increase into perspective, a student with a score of 151 on the June 2014 LSAT would have scored in the 55th percentile of test takers. On the same exam, eleven additional points (a 162) would have yielded a score in the 76th percentile.
To drill down yet further, 151 is the median LSAT score for the 2013 entering class of students at the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law, which is ranked 121st according to US News & World Report out of the roughly 200 ABA-accredited law schools. By way of comparison, 162 is the median LSAT score for the 2013 entering class of students at the UC Davis School of Law, which is ranked 36th on the same ranking system.
There are other factors involved in your application such as your GPA, personal statement, work history, and letters of recommendation, but it is undeniable that all other things being equal, a higher LSAT score will get you into a better law school.
Armando, +23 POINTS
Blueprint Spring 2014 Student
In fact, 26% of the students in the study increased their score by 15 points or more. That's one out of every four! And over 5% increased their scores by 20 points or more. To this we can only say: Suh-weet.
Interested in targeting a top-tier law school? 16% of students who participated in our study scored a 170 or higher. In other words, roughly one in six students received a score that, if obtained on the real LSAT, would make them competitive at any law school in the nation. Now that's elite prep.
98 Of students increase their score during the course
(In case you need a point of reference: LSAC reports that only about 19% of all test takers score 160 or higher, and only about 2% of test takers rock out with a 170 or higher.)
Our score increase study is unparalleled in the industry. But don’t take our word for it: we invite you to search for other companies' score increase studies. You’ll find almost no company conducts them (or if they do publishes the results) which prompts the question of how they’re measuring the success of their programs.
Our score increase is the product of the intense devotion to our LSAT curriculum and teaching our students that curriculum in the best way possible. To achieve it, we update our curriculum substantially every year to reflect the most recent trends on the LSAT. We also hire only the best and brightest instructors to teach that curriculum. Our LSAT instructors are rigorously vetted, trained, and paid the highest rates in the industry so that you're learning from the best. Finally, we provide the most cutting-edge technology in the form of score reports, homework explanations, and video modules so that you can continue studying effectively when you're at home.
You might think that our score increase study seems nice but, as the product of one study, is possibly a fluke. The fact is that we run our score increase study every three years: in 2008, 2011, and 2014. In 2008 our average score increase was ten points, in 2011 it was eleven, and in 2014 it was eleven points again. Moreover, we've been able to keep our results consistently high despite expanding the company. In other words, our results aren't a fluke, but the product of a carefully crafted curriculum taught by the best instructors available.
We do not conduct our score increase study for our online LSAT course students. This is because, unlike our classroom course, we cannot be certain of when they take the practice exams or under what conditions. However, the curriculum in our online course is precisely the same as that taught to our in-class students.
We have access to all of our classroom students' practice LSAT scores becasue they take them while in the Blueprint LSAT classroom course. However, we do not have access to any of our students' real LSAT scores as that is their private information. We could theoretically ask them to tell us their scores, but we have no way of knowing if the score they provide is accurate. Neither would we obtain a statistically relevant sample as it is likely only those who scored well on the exam would tell us their score. To that end, we unfortunately are only able to calculate the score increase study with practice exams. However, these exams consist of real LSATs liscenced from LSAC that are administered in the same fashion with regard to timing, experimental sections, and breaks as the real LSAT.
The score increase study was conducted in the spring of 2014 and included all qualifying students in Blueprint classroom courses across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Austin and Berkeley.
To qualify for the study, students had to take all six proctored practice tests given in the course. The study excluded self-study students who did not attend a live class. Repeat students were also excluded.
The score increase was calculated from students’ first practice exam to their best score. Using the first to last practice exam convention, the average score increase was nine (9) points. The score increase data was calculated by the accounting firm of BPE&H using test results taken directly from the Blueprint database.