How is the LSAT Scored?

LSAT results range from 120-180. There are an average of one hundred questions on the test, and each is worth one raw score point. This score is then converted using an algorithm (“equating” for difficulty differences between versions of the LSAT). Keep in mind that there is no specific “passing” mark, and many law schools weigh your LSAT score over your GPA. Institutions also utilize an “index,” which they publish in their application materials. The index includes how they calculate your GPA relative to your LSAT result. Despite LSAT guides’ repetition that there is a target mark for the exam, it is a measure highly dependent on the particular universities you are intending to apply to, as each may possess a different index score.

LSAT sections
There are three distinct portions within the LSAT: Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. The Reading Comprehension section is comprised of four passages (three long, one short) and 27 questions. Roughly half of the LSAT consists of logical reasoning questions. Each of two portions contains about 25 problems, and you will be allotted 35 minutes to complete it. This tests your ability to dismantle an argument presented in mere sentences. Focus the majority of your review here, as it constitutes the largest number of points. The Analytical Reasoning section holds 25 questions. This section is generally the strongest opportunity for students to change their LSAT marks most dramatically. Here are some LSAT practice tests and LSAT flashcards that can help you prepare.

Cancelling your score
There is an opportunity to cancel your score at the end of the exam. If you were able to finish the test, and you feel some confidence that you studied effectively, it is suggested that you keep your results. You can also cancel within six calendar days, but neither of these options will refund your test fee.

What is on my score report?
Your assessment mark and percentile rank will be included on your score report. This report also includes the score band produced by the LSAC. Your score band is used to produce your “actual proficiency.” A score band is utilized for each individual score, as well as the average mark if you have more than one test result included in your score report. LSAT scores will be distributed automatically via e-mail roughly three weeks after your examination date. Remember that this does not include your answer sheet and test book, but for those individuals who completed a disclosed test, you will be able to locate those, as well as a score conversion table, online.

Sitting for the LSAT multiple times
Your scores will be forwarded to each school you designate. Therefore, if you are unprepared before the test, you may be wise to request a refund and wait for a later assessment date. The “final” result sent to each school is the average of your scores; ensure you are ready to sit for the LSAT before you make your first attempt. LSAT Tutoring and other professional help is often a good resource for preparing for this incredibly intense and competitive experience.