LSAT Scoring and Conversion
The LSAT is scored based on the total number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing or incorrect answers, and no section of the test is weighted more or less than any other. That raw score is then scaled to the standard LSAT score from 120 to 180 to account for differences in difficulty between test forms.
There is no set passing score, but admission to a given law school is typically very dependent on LSAT score. For instance, the typical LSAT score for a student admitted to a moderately competitive law school might be 145 or 150, while the most competitive schools typically admit students with LSAT scores of 165 or higher.
LSAT Score Conversion
There are three ways in which your LSAT score is presented:
1. Raw LSAT Score
2. LSAT Scaled Score
3. LSAT Percentile
Raw LSAT Score
Your Raw LSAT Score is just the number of questions you've got right with. Increasing LSAT will usually have between 100 and 103 questions, and your Raw LSAT score is between 0 and a limit of between 100 and 103. In computing your Raw LSAT Score there is no deduction for incorrect answers and all questions are weighted equally. It means that hard questions are worth as much as easy questions. LSAT Tip: When you run out of time skip some of the hardest questions and use the time you save to get more easy questions correct and increase your ranking.
LSAT Scaled Score
Raw LSAT Scores are converted into the LSAT Scaled Scores, which ranges from 120 to 180. So if you scored 0 on the Raw LSAT Score (0 questions right) you would likely have an LSAT Scaled Score of 120 and if your Raw LSAT Score was 101 you would likely have an LSAT Scaled Score of 180. The conversion process is done by using a statistical procedure called equating. Equating adjusts for the differences in difficulty between different LSAT tests. For example, the October 1997 LSAT was harder than the June 2007 LSAT and so if you wrote both tests and your Raw LSAT Score on both was 55 your LSAT Scaled Score for the June 2007 LSAT would be 149 and for the October 1997 LSAT it would be 150. Generally the same Raw LSAT Score will produce the same or very similar LSAT Scaled Scores. The Scaled Scores below converted from the raw score are approximate, for your exact scaled score refer to the scoring page of the LSAT you are scoring.
A percentile rank is also reported for each LSAT score, reflecting the percentage of candidates scored below your test score reported. While the LSAT Scale Score is based on the specific LSAT test that you have written, the LSAT Score Percentile is based on the distribution of scores for the three-year period prior to the year in which the score is reported. Your percentile rank shows you that your score beats the average of weighted scores in the last three years. For example, if your LSAT Scaled Score is 157, you will have a percentile rank of approximately 75 percent, which means that your Scaled Score of 157 is better than 75 percent of the LSAT Scaled Scores for the last three years. The percentage scores below are for the period from June 2006 to February 2009. These include a statistical analysis of 429,816 LSAT scores over this 3-year period. The actual percentile rankings of your LSAT may vary slightly.
LSAT Score / Percentile Comparison Chart For example, use the table below if you scored 65 questions out of 101 questions on LSAT your LSAT Raw Score is 65, your LSAT Scale Score is 157, and your Percentile Score is 70.9 per cent. So while you got 65 percent of the questions right you're in the 70.9th percentile, your LSAT Scale Score was better than 70.9 percent of the people who wrote LSAT in the last three years. Remember that the table below is a reference and there will be slight variances with each writing of the LSAT. Table updated as of 4 March 2011.
For the most accurate results, convert your Raw Score to a Scaled Score on the conversion chart for your specific LSAT exam. Then convert the Scale Score to Percentile here.
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