GPA LSAT GMAT test score matrix grid
College Tips by Donald Burleson
For those of you
who are seeking the probability matrix grid for graduate school admission, here
are some resources. Many grad schools publish a matrix of undergraduate GPA
(UPGA) and LSAT/GMAT scores, showing the number of applicants and admissions
within each quadrant of the matrix.
LSAT and GPA admission
Your LSAT scores are more important than your PGA (due to
the wide variation in university quality) and the LSAT has been shown to be a
great predictor of your success as law student and attorney.
Here is a rough grid of law school acceptance rates
GPA and LSAT score. The Prelaw
handbook also shows average LSAT and GPA scores, but not the percentages of
applicants and accepted applications.
You must also get the book "ABA-LSAC
Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools" which has the admission
matrix grid for all law schools, showing the number of applicants and
acceptances for each range of GPA and LSAT scores.
LSAT score improvement
Even though the LSAT measures problem solving skills, you
can study "techniques" to improve your scores. My kids said that the
Princeton Law School review book "Cracking
the LSAT, 2006" is best for LSAT test preparation because it shows
prospective law school candidates how to map-out complex problems.
Since your LSAT score is worth millions of dollars in
future earnings, you must carefully plan your timeline for the test (the LSAT is
usually offered in February and June). Some law schools
average multiple LSAT
scores, and some take only the highest score. You may want to consider
LSAT tutoring by law students or attorneys, such as
Get Preped LSAT, where all
tutors are law students or attorneys who offer a $899 weekend LSAT prep.
GPA and GMAT
For MBA schools, numerous
studies show that the GMAT score is highly correlated with success in
graduate school, and a good GMAT can compensate for a bad UPGA. For the
top-30 MBA schools the 2015 average GPA was 3.3 and the average GMAT was 664.
For those with poor scores, there are hundreds of crappy non-AACSB accredited
MBA programs that will be happy to take your money. See
Poor Quality, Diploma Mill
Improving GMAT Scores
Getting accepted into a top-tier MBA is as good as winning
the lottery and a good GMAT score is the keystone. My kids recommended
Cracking the GMAT as the best GMAT study guide, and make sure to use the
study resources at www.mba.com, study tips from
the folks who administer the GMAT exam.
The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), and it will
adjust your question difficulty based on your early mistakes. Hence, it is
critical to take-your-time during the first part of the test, taking up to 2
minutes each to ensure correct answers and make the CAT feed-up higher ranking
Competitive GMAT scores
Having an outstanding GMAT score can
mean millions of dollars in future earnings. Here are the
MBA starting salaries from the top AACSB business schools:
||U. of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
||UC Berkeley (Haas)