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What is the LSAT score range?

If you’re looking for the LSAT score range, you’ve come to the right place. While the score range is always the same — 120 to 180 — converting a raw score to a scaled score is quite a process.

What is the difference between the raw score and the scaled score?

Your raw score is the number of questions you get right on the exam. So, if you take the test and get 65 questions right, your raw score is 65. As you’ve probably read, there aren’t any deductions for questions answered incorrectly, and no one section is weighted any differently than the others. The raw score, by itself, means absolutely nothing. Law schools don’t even get to look at it.

Your scaled score is where all the money is. Like I said earlier, the scores range from 120 to 180, and the higher your score the better. Put another way, golf rules don’t apply to the LSAT. It’s also the score all law schools look at when determining whether or not to accept you.

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How is the scaled score calculated?

Just in case you wanted to test your reading comprehension, go ahead and check out the official LSAT description . Be prepared to read it about 20 times and still have no clue what it’s saying when you’re done. (I read it three times, and then woke up halfway through my fourth attempt.)

Put simply, LSAC takes your LSAT score and plugs it into an extremely complicated algorithm. The algorithm takes into account the difficulty of the test compared to previous tests and the total number of questions. This process, for all of you stat nerds out there, is called equating.

At the end of the day, the LSAC wants to get a good look at a test taker’s proficiency in the skills the council thinks are important. However, the method in which the scores are calculated is confusing, so I wouldn’t recommend taking too much time to try and figure out how to calculate your LSAT score range band by hand.

A much easier method is to simply use a score conversion table to translate your raw score into a scaled score.

Putting it all together.

The takeaway from this article is pretty simple: the higher your raw score, the higher your scaled score. All of the work you do, improving your score bit by bit, will pay you HUGE dividends. Just a couple of points higher and your list of possible law schools could change dramatically.

The best part about LSAT scores is that the conversion from raw to scaled scores hasn’t changed much over the years. While it fluctuates up and down in very small increments, you can guarantee a good scaled score with a good raw score.

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