LSAT Scores, Score Reporting and LSAT/LSDAS Registration
This page provides basic information about how the LSAT is scored, about score reporting, and about LSAT and LSDAS registration.
NOTE: The information on this page is intended merely as an overview. For complete and up-to-date information, be sure to consult the website of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the organization that designs, administers and scores the LSAT.
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 LSAC.org 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.
About LSAT and LSDAS Registration
You must register in advance for the LSAT. Online registration through the LSAC website is the preferred method, although you can register instead using a printed form available at the LSAC website and in the printed LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book (published annually).
The LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) is operated by LSAC and functions as an information clearinghouse for the law-school admission process. The LSDAS collects your undergraduate transcripts and LSAT score reports, and then creates a standard-form report that it provides to the law schools.
LSDAS registration is not optional. Registration is for one year only, which means that you must register for the service during the year you are applying for admission. If you register but then decide not to apply for admission until a later year, you'll need to register for the service again for that year.
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