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LSAT Scoring and the Score-Reporting Process

This page explains how your LSAT scaled score and corresponding percentile rank are determined. It also provides an overview of the LSDAS score-reporting process.

Your LSAT Scaled Score and Percentile Rank

Your LSAT score report will include three performance indicators:

  • Your raw score — the total number of correct responses (no penalties are assessed for incorrect responses, and all questions are weighted equally)

  • Your scaled score on a 120-180 scale (120 is the lowest score)

  • Your percentile rank based on your scaled score

The purpose of converting raw scores to scaled scores is to account for small variations in the overall difficulty level among different forms of the test.

Your percentile rank (0–99 percent) shows how you performed compared to all other LSAT test takers over a recent three-year period. For example, a percentile rank of 70% means that you scored higher than 70% of all other test takers in that group.

Reporting of Scores to Test Takers and to the Schools

LSAC will provide an official score report to you by email within three weeks after testing (or by mail within four weeks after testing if you do not have an account). The report will indicate all tests (up to 12) for which you registered within the last five years, including cancellations and absences. For each reportable score, your report will show your raw score, scaled score and percentile rank.

If your LSAT score report shows more than one reportable score, then it will also indicate your average scaled score. In assessing an applicant's qualifications, most law schools look at this average. A minority of schools focus instead on the highest reported score.