There really isn’t a long answer to this question. Lucky for you, that means you don’t need to read through a bunch of fluff before I finally get to the point. Now, without wasting any more of your time, the answer is … drumroll … it depends.
I know what you’re thinking, how can it depend? A perfect LSAT score is a perfect LSAT score, isn’t it? To get specific, though, the average number of misses on a perfect score for every score since June of 2005 is 1.83. So, to answer your question yet again, you may be able to miss one question.
Why not two? Well…
Perfect Remote LSAT Scores (2021 and beyond!)
With the remote LSAT taking over through at least June 2022, you can anticipate three scored sections and one scored section. Why only three scored sections? For the LSAT-Flex (the at-home version of the test used during 2020 and early 2021), the LSAC cut one of the Logical Reasoning sections–and in February 2021, they announced that that change is here to stay. This is awesome on a number of levels, except for one: how many questions you can miss and still get a perfect score.
Why? Because previously, the test had around 100 scored questions. Now, it has 75-76. So each question on the LSAT now counts more to your total LSAT score.
That’s a bummer, but look on the bright side: it’s now a shorter test!
Previously, you could miss up to three questions …
… depending on the test. You see, not all LSATs are created equal. Some of them are more difficult, while others have more questions. Take the June 2010 LSAT for example. That test had 102 questions, and a perfect score could have missed up to three questions. However, there’s only been one LSAT with 102 questions.
And, of course, with the remote LSAT, the total number is now 75 or 76 questions, so there’s less of a margin for error.
Don’t stress out too much about getting a perfect score.
There’s a reason perfect scores are rare. They are really difficult to get. For each LSAT administration, there are only a handful at best. Aiming to get a perfect score will just end up being a source of unnecessary stress. Focus on improving your score incrementally, and you’ll see the best results. Besides, if you can manage a 175 or even a 174, you’ll be able to get into any school in the country, as long as your grades are good.
If you want to get some more information on the LSAT, check out our LSAT basics page.