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Dizzying Intellect » Yikes

Yikes

As some of you know, I’m going to be laid off next year. We’re not sure yet whether it’ll be January-ish or June-ish, but it almost certainly won’t be any later than June.

It’s not personal or anything. Our new owners have been very strict about getting rid of any non-essential software, and my package finally stopped flying under the radar.

Anyway, in preparation, I… took the LSAT on Saturday.

Dude, it’s HARD. And I’m a really good test taker, naturally. Thank god I broke down and took a practice test on Thursday night, because I would have been woefully unprepared. It’s not an aptitude test, per se. It’s mostly logic, plus some reading comprehension, and an essay.

Here’s a sample question (not from my test):

1) Five racing drivers, Alan, Bob, Chris, Don, and Eugene, enter into a contest that consists of 6 races. The results of all six races are listed below:

Bob always finishes ahead of Chris.
Alan finishes either first or last.
Eugene finishes either first or last.
There are no ties in any race.
Every driver finishes each race.

In each race, two points are awarded for a fifth place finish, four points for fourth, six points for third, eight points for second, and ten points for first.

If Eugene finishes two places ahead of Chris in the first race, all of the following will be true EXCEPT:

a. Bob finishes ahead of Don.
b. Chris finishes two places ahead of Alan.
c. Don finishes fourth.
d. Bob finishes immediately behind Eugene.
e. Chris finishes ahead of Bob.

I mean, I love these kinds of puzzles — but doing dozens of them, while being timed? Oy. I think I did ok, though. I used some online software to score the one practice test, and it came out to 157. That sounds pretty awful to me, but then I checked, and the median scores for UCLA and UNC are 162 and 163, respectively. And presumably (hopefully) your first practice test would be the worst score you’d ever get…

Incidentally, is the phrase “ambient darkness” an oxymoron?

7 Comments

  • By Allah, September 28, 2009 @ 10:07 am

    Anyway, in preparation, I… took the LSAT on Saturday.

    Uhh. Mah. GOD.

    So sorry to hear about the layoff.

  • By Robb Allen, September 28, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    You want my job?

    You’d have to move here to Florida, but at least we’d be better off ;)

  • By ~~Silk, September 28, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    “Ambient darkness” is not, in my opinion, an oxymoron. Ambient means completely surrounding, so if you are in a room with no light, you are in ambient darkness. If you turn on a small spotlight focused on an item that absorbs and does not reflect light, then it is proper to say that the light did not dispel the ambient darkness.

  • By ~~Silk, September 28, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    BTW, that particular question is fairly easy, because all you have to do is identify the untrue statement, which is obviously “e. Chris finishes ahead of Bob”, since you were given that “Bob always finishes ahead of Chris”. There was nothing to figure out except figuring out that there was nothing to figure out - and that’s where the timing part comes in.

  • By Law School Podcaster, September 28, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    The only score that matters is from the test you took on Sat. You might surprise yourself.

  • By Erica, September 29, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    I’m in the same position: knowing I’m gonna be laid off at some point in the next 9-12 months, but not positive when exactly. You, at least, have identified a next step. I have no idea what I want to do next.

    So are you feeling inclined to move? Like, to a whole new place?

    When do you get your score? And do you know who you want to send it to?

  • By rammer, October 15, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    I am sorry to hear this news. You work too hard and are too talented to send to the opposition. That they would even consider it reflects poorly on them.

    Good luck on your testing. I hope all goes as you desire.

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