An LSAT preparatory exam labels President Donald Trump as racist and a tax cheat in two questions asking students to rationalize conclusions presented by an author and determine which statement the author would agree most.
Windham Press imprint Test Prep Books includes a prompt that reads “Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States of America,” The College Fix reported Monday.
“He lacks political experience and backs racist policies, such as internment camps and deportation,” the example prompt, which Windham purports to have derived from “social media, entertainment, and cable news,” says.
Windham explains that the author of the example statement made his deductions by using Trump’s “lack of political experience and supposed racist policies as the evidence” to support his conclusion.
Another prompt in the test focuses on a political candidate named “Ronald Thump.” (RELATED: Law Prof Asks Students To Argue For Segregated Schools On Exam)
“Ronald Thump will be the next great president of the United States,” the question reads. “His cutthroat business tactics will be quite effective as the nation’s top executive. Mr. Thump’s manipulation of tax and bankruptcy loopholes helped grow his father’s fortune.”
Windham lists five subsequent statements and asks its practice test-takers to discern the statement with which the author would be “most likely [to] agree.” The correct answer is “business experience is directly relevant to succeeding as president.”
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) spokeswoman Wendy Margolis said that Test Prep Books, publisher of the prompts, was not an officially recognized prep test distributor.
LSAT material is “governed by strict guidelines to avoid bias, and all content undergoes multiple reviews to ensure that there is no bias,” Margolis told The Fix.
“The test is given internationally for admission to law schools in the US, Canada, and Australia,” the spokeswoman explained to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Questions based on current US politics would be less familiar and therefore unfair to non-US test takers.”
Current US politics as a topic is liable to be distracting or upsetting to US test takers,” she said. “The test is designed to measure critical thinking skills. Topics that might cause a reaction one way or another could interfere with their ability to demonstrate these skills.”
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