LSAT Scoring

The LSAT scoring scale is very similar to those given by the ACT and SAT. The raw score you get (i.e. questions right or wrong) are not reported, but a curved scale, based on results all around the country, is what’s reported instead. In other words, each individual test has a somewhat modified scoring system, and somewhat different LSAT percentiles as well, though they are generally pretty close.

Here I discuss the scoring percentiles and how it works.

Despite this, there is plenty of data that has been generated by previous testing candidates, enough so that we have learned a little about the ways in which students are scored. If you got exactly half of the questions on any given test correctly, you’d fall in the 30th percentile (meaning you did better than only 30% of all students taking the test). That would roughly equate to a score of 147 or 148 on a scale that measures from 120 to 180.

Since there are 101 questions on an average LSAT (52 Logical Reasoning, 22 Logic Games, and 27 Reading Comprehension), your score would be based on how many you got correct. Here is a basic chart (remember, the scoring for each individual LSAT varies slightly).

LSAT Scoring and LSAT Percentiles Chart

Raw Score

Percentile

Actual Score (120-180)

51 out of 101

30th

148

61 out of 101

50th

153

71 out of 101

75th

157

76 out of 101

80th

161

82 out of 101

90th

164

88 out of 101

95th

168

94 out of 101

99th

174

What is most interesting about this LSAT Scoring chart is that a change of just ten questions, from 61 to 71 correct, makes a percentage difference of twenty-five percent in the LSAT percentiles column. While that’s not the number one thing that colleges look at, it’s certainly important, and shows that even a small amount of LSAT preparation is very worthwhile.

Conclusion on LSAT Scoring and LSAT percentiles

If you find that your LSAT scoring is not up to par with what you wanted to get, then there are no worries. Remember that even if your LSAT percentile is low, that too can change. When a law school is looking for applicants, they will always take your highest score, so simply by taking the test again, you can erase that previous score from their records.

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