What is the LSAT out of?

The LSAT, or law school admissions test, usually consists of 100 questions. It could be 101 or 99, but is always somewhere around that number. But when you’re asking, “what is the LSAT out of?” you’re probably not asking about the number of questions on the exam.

You might have heard something about scoring in the high 170s. Those higher scores you’re hearing about are called scaled scores. If you go to our article here, you can learn all about how your raw, or actual, score is converted into a scaled score.

Just so you know, there is a super complicated calculation that changes your raw score into the scaled score.

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How many sections are in the exam?

There are five sections. Four of them count towards your final score, while one of them is an experimental section. It could be any of the three section types.

In my case, the experimental section was a third logical reasoning section. I was definitely tired of all those riddles by the end of the exam. However, it could have easily been another reading comprehension section, or a second analytical reasoning section.

The point is, you won’t know which section is experimental. So, you need to keep grinding away until the end of the exam, and don’t take any section lightly. Then, once the exam is over, go take a long nap.

For more information on the different sections, be sure to check out this article Travis wrote.

How many questions are in each section?

Each section has roughly 25 questions. This is just a rule of thumb though. While the logical reasoning section is always sitting at 25 or 26 questions, the reading comprehension usually has 27, and the analytical reasoning section usually has 23 questions.

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Just make sure you answer all the questions. You don’t get penalized for an incorrect answer.

Now that you know what the LSAT is out of, come check out the rest of our blog, and our courses. However, whatever you do, don’t let the LSAT drive you out of your mind!


  • Randall

    Randall earned his JD from the University of Denver in 2013. He received his BA in Communications and Social Science from the University of Washington in 2010. Randall took the LSAT twice, and managed to improve his score by 14 points the second time around. He paid the price of learning to score high on the LSAT and hopes to help other potential law students avoid similar pain.

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