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How does LSAT Scoring Work?

LSAT scoring is based on your performance on four multiple choice sections of the exam:

(1) Reading Comprehension section
(1) Analytical Reasoning section (Logic Games)
(2) Logical Reasoning sections

There is also one unscored, experimental section that is used only for research purposes (to test new questions and to provide psychometric data on the test’s consistency from year to year), and there is an unscored writing sample at the end of the exam.
 

Multiple Choice Questions

Within those four sections, there are about 100 questions (give or take 1 or 2), and each question is worth one point. It doesn’t matter whether the question comes from Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, or Analytical Reasoning–it’s always worth one point.

If you answer the question correctly, you get a point. If you answer the question incorrectly, you get no points. There is no partial credit, and there is no penalty for wrong answers. Therefore, it is in your best interest to answer every single question, even if you’re just guessing randomly.
 

Raw Score

Your raw score is simply the number of multiple choice questions you answered correctly. Once you know your raw score, you can determine your approximate scaled score by looking at a conversion table. Conversion tables are released by LSAC (the company that writes the LSAT) after every disclosed test date. While each test has its own, unique conversion table, the numbers are relatively consistent from one to another, so it’s okay to use whichever one you can find for an approximation. If you want to be really careful, look up a few different tables and average them.
 

Average LSAT Scoring Conversion Table

The conversion table below was created by averaging the conversion tables of 15 of the most recently administered LSATs, so it should give you a pretty reliable estimate.
LSAT Score Conversion Table -magoosh
As you near the top or the bottom of the scale, the patterns on the table fluctuate a bit. However, if you’re scoring between 130 and 170 (which is almost all of you), every 1-2 questions you answer correctly will increase your scaled score by a full point.

For those of you scoring in that range, here’s how to estimate the number of additional questions you need to answer correctly to hit your scoring goals:
(1) How many scaled points would you like to add to your current score?
(2) Multiply that by 1.6
(3) Round up to the nearest whole number

For example, if you’re currently getting a 152 on your practice tests and you’d like to score 160 on the real exam, you need to answer roughly (8 x 1.6) = 12.8 → 13 more questions correctly to get there.

For those of you currently scoring outside of that range (in either direction), use the conversion table to determine how many more questions you need to answer correctly to meet your goals.

For more on LSAT scoring, check out What Is the Average LSAT Score? and LSAT Scores for the Top 100 Law Schools.

 
 

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